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Jameson Gold Reserve

Jameson seems to be a brand that is now firmly established as part of my whisky psyche and I can say with increasing certainty "I like Jameson".    A visit to their Heritage Center in Midleton, Cork in July 2006 really triggered my interest in whisky and here is another 4 star blend from them.  The nose on this expression is a little subdued and subtle but I did get some oranges and maybe a little wood.  The taste is incredibly smooth and creamy (even by triple distilled Irish whiskey standards) with lots of banana and toffee.  Some floral and citrus fruit notes, perhaps orange blossoms?  The finish has coffee and pepper spice.  I drank this expression side by side with the excellent Jameson 18 year old Limited Reserve and this (as you would expect)  doesn't have quite the same oaky notes and bite as the older 18 but they are both great whiskies.   Given the slightly lower price point I would probably reach for the Gold Reserve first but if I could have both... I would.  If Red Breast is the "gold standard" of traditional pot still whisky I would suggest this expression lives up to it's name and makes an excellent case to be the blended Irish gold standard.

Additional Info

  • Country of Origin: Ireland
  • Type: Blend
  • In '101 Whiskies to Try Before you Die': No
  • In '101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die': Indeed

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