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18 Jan 2010

Jameson 12 Years old

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in * Blends|* Ireland

I was in a bar in Madrid recently where this Jameson 12yo Special Reserve (formerly known as Jameson 1780) was the most interesting dram on offer. I decided to take my chances. Jameson is an Irish single-distillery blended whiskey (Midleton distillery produces malt whiskey as well as grain whiskey, and they mix it), matured in bourbon and oloroso sherry casks.


Jameson 12 years Jameson 12 yo ‘Special Reserve’ 
(40%, OB 2009)

Nose: quite closed and not very expressive. Some oranges, caramel and hints of sherry. Notes of ripe melon. Mouth: bittersweet start, slightly grainy. Soft and smooth delivery. Hints of spices. A beautiful wave of peaches with honey and cinnamon towards the end, which I detected as pot still influence – probably the best aspect of this whiskey. Finish: rather short, with a bit more sherry and hints of chocolate.

Not bad but it lacks some character and punch. I’m afraid I expected too much from this. Around € 32.

Score: 77/100

Jameson 12 Years old 2 Ruben Luyten 2010-01-18
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  • Roger

    I think you have to understand Irish whiskey to appreciate this fully. Do not think it will taste like a scotch for example. This is the whiskey that got me into Irish and I would rate it very highly. Beautifully made beautifully blended. Beautiful.




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