Irish whiskey news on Jameson, Redbreast, Powers and PaddyDecember 1st, 2009
I have brief updates and clarifications on all four brands, particularly as they pertain to the U.S.
Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve
There have been three releases now of the Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve (2007, 2008, and 2009). The 2009 is now getting into circulation. What are the differences between the three? Well, I haven’t (yet) had the privilege to taste all three vintages side-by-side, but I did get the scoop on the differences between the vintages from the U.S. Senior Brand Manager for Jameson. Here’s what she had to say:
The first 3 editions of JRVR (’07,’08,’09) were based on Port cask inclusion and are essentially the same. However, they are not all from one vatting. Each year, the product is bottled from a new vatting. Therefore, in some cases, some barrels included may vary slightly from the previous year.
The initial bottling in 2007 was a vatting taken from three individual parcels of casks.
The 2008 offering came from the same three parcels, therefore the final product was similar in style but effectively matured one year longer.
The 2009 offering used casks from two of the original parcels plus some casks which were one year younger than the original.
It is the case that each year’s vintage will be slightly different although based on a consistent JRVR style.
So, I think her concluding sentence is the most important one.
Power’s 12 year old–a whiskey which I have been enjoying now for nearly a decade–is FINALLY coming to the United States in February. I love the pot still character of Powers, and the 12 year old expression is quite stunning.
A very small amount of Paddy will be imported to the United States to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day for 2010.
Some more cool news. Redbreast 15 year old, which was only released once (and in very limited quantities) in Europe, will be imported to the United States in the fall of 2010!