Tasting Tuesday: Jameson Irish Whiskey

Jameson Irish Whiskey

Jameson is a staple in my bar and has been for years, but I admit that it is a whiskey that I rarely drink on its own. I suspect that I’m not the only one, either, since it’s the go-to whiskey for many fans of whiskey and coke or other mixed drinks. I’m always pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoy it when I drink it neat or over ice because I tend to reach for the more expensive whiskies for that type of drink – and that is a testament to the quality of this whiskey, which may not be the most expensive Irish whiskey that you can get, but it’s one that more than earns its keep in the bar.

Jameson Irish Whiskey is the most popular and widely available Irish whiskey out there, and it is sold world wide. The company was founded in 1780 with a distillery in Dublin, Ireland, and it is now produced in Cork. It is made from a blend of malted and unmalted Irish barley, sourced from the region around the the distillery. It’s a blend produced in massive quantities, so it’s not going to be as unique or complex as some small batch producer might make, but it is very consistent and comes at a price point that is very reasonable for the quality.

The whiskey smells great right out of the bottle. It has a sweet, slightly floral aroma with a strong notes of buttery caramel and cream. You can pick up the caramel in the whiskey itself, too, along with herbal notes and a touch of smokiness. It’s smooth and easy to drink, with a mellow, honey finish that makes you want to take another sip.

Worth another round? Definitely. I enjoy Jameson on its own and it is also a great spirit for making mixed drinks and cocktails, so you absolutely cannot go wrong with this in your bar. It’s the kind of thing that you can serve to anyone and they’ll have a good experience with it – because believe me I’m not pouring something that cost $65 a bottle when a friend asks me for a whiskey and Coke. The affordable price point is just icing on the cake, though, because Jameson is a staple spirit that I keep because I enjoy its flavor and its versatility.

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