Jameson Gold Reserve

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Astute eagle eyed detective that you are, you may well have noticed that I haven’t bloody well posted a new article in five weeks! I do sincerely apologize for this dear reader, but my arch nemesis Darth Real Life has once again been snapping at my heels with the essential and oh so boring side of existence. Not to be melodramatic or anything. Still the waters have calmed and I declare that once more I shall prove an outstanding citizen and upholder of all that is light hearted and whimsical. This glittering citadel of foolishness is once again open, hurrah! To this end, please find below a most splendiferous St Patricks whiskey special, which has arrived but a month late. One can only assume it took the scenic route.

The Irish make some of the finest, most incredibly unique, and wonderfully complex whiskeys in the world. It thus astounds me that people celebrating St Patricks day around the world, usually honour the Irish by dumping green dye in their beer. God forbid that they might try some culturally significant, knock your socks off whiskey, which will get them drunk twice as fast. Thus let me bang the drum for one of Ireland’s greatest achievements, honestly it’s up there with Joyce and Beckett. Irish whiskey has two unique defining features. Firstly it is triple distilled which makes it incredibly smooth and easy to drink. Secondly it is made in pot stills that mix malted and un-malted barley, this practice came about as a means to keep costs down when the English introduced a tax on malted barley in 1785. The result is a whiskey which can have a great deal of complexity at a young age. Generally speaking Irish whiskeys are lighter and less bombastic than their Scottish cousins, but at their best they offer an incredible array of delicate flavours which are positively mind blowing. As introductions to this style go, you can’t go wrong with Green Spot and Redbreast 12. However in this instance I’ve opted to review Jameson’s Gold Reserve as it’s more widely available and a personal favourite of mine. Enough with the history lesson, let’s get on with the tasting notes!!!

Jameson Gold Reserve has a pleasant gentle nose, with honey, vanilla, green apple, and a majestic menthol mint. It’s an odd thing to say but it smells smooth. Upon hitting the taste buds, this whiskey springs to life, first with vanilla and sweet honey, then a brief toffee banana that somehow seamlessly blends into green apple and bitter gooseberry. The finish has some more gooseberry, incredible virgin oak tannins, and a subtle black pepper. It’s crisp and dry, which makes the whole experience feel refreshing. Ultimately I think this blended whiskey is a master class in perfectly combining bitter and sweet notes. If you’ve never had an Irish whiskey before you’re in for a treat and personally I think the Gold Reserve once acquainted with is sure to become a lifelong friend, Sláinte.

Verdict: The Wild Rover

Score: 90/100

 

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14 thoughts on “Jameson Gold Reserve”

  1. Strong diagonal. My eye tugged towards the dense layered mysteries on the left to then circle back to the label and rest on the mat. A moment to get grounded and then curiosity beckons as I am pulled once again to explore for hidden treasures buried amongst the tomb stones.

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  2. Welcome back! Darth Real Life is the worst, isn’t he? At least you’ve got some decent whiskey to fight back with! Jameson have actually just rejigged their Dublin museum/visitor centre, I might have to take the Beasties along soon for a look…

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      1. Thought you might! 😀 I’ll have to get on that. We’re really in booze central, now that I think about it… We’ve Guinness in our back yard and the new Teeling distillery just down the road too. No wonder the Beasties always look so cheerful… 😀

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  3. LOL, I hate when my own Darth Real Life also absorbs my life! Love the photo, perfect setting for the Jameson – one of my favorite old drinks as well (the southern girl in me).
    We enjoy your posts and great photos sir! Cheers to ye’ lassy! I’m part black Irish as well… 🙂

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