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 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.