Friday’s Pick: Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve
This whiskey will be hitting the shelves in the U.S. in March, and there’s a press dinner in NYC later this month. As you have come to expect with “What Does John Know?”, I already have this whiskey and I’m offering my thoughts well in advance.
Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve, 2007 Release, 46%, $250
Jameson’s newest premium release. The combination of aging some of the pot still whiskey in port casks, including some older whiskeys (over 20 years old), along with bottling the whiskey at 46% ABV (and not chill-filtered) has helped make this whiskey rich, deep, and complex. This is a silky smooth, lush, multi-faceted whiskey with notes of honeydew melon, nectarine, banana bread, creamy vanilla, chocolate fudge, toffee, warming cinnamon and nutmeg. The port influence marries nicely with robust oak notes, and the grain whiskey component helps to keep it very drinkable. A more intense affair when compared to the “great anytime” 18 year old expression. A classic after dinner Irish whiskey.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 95