Review: Jameson Irish Whiskey / by Jason Hambrey

4 yrs+
Grain and Pot Still Whiskies
Distiller Midleton (Midleton, Ireland)

This classic blended Irish whiskey is triple distilled (unlike most Scotch Whisky), matured and bottled in Ireland. It is made from pot still whiskey from malted and unmalted barley and corn, and matured in sherry casks. It is the flagship whisky for one of the most recognizable names in whisk(e)y, and is often an easy entry point for new drinkers.

Review (2013)

  • Batch: N/A
  • Bottling Code: N/A
  • Bottling Date: 2013

Nose: It at first appears herbal to me – sage and thyme.  I also get grassy notes, and some seaweed and vanilla with some mineral notes. The vanilla comes out more and more as it sits, with a bit of maple as well and some allspice. Has a nose full of pot-still essence…

Taste: At first I get some malt, followed by a bit of sharp grassy spice and then finished with a wave of vanilla and bean sprouts. It’s a bit bitter, I find, in places. I also find quite a lot of mineral notes in this, like mineral water. Lightly nutty and fruity (orange).

Finish: The minerals linger on the palate for a bit - it’s reasonably clean after some time, and a touch of vanilla surfaces.

This doesn’t really wow me, and certainly I didn’t like it at all when I first drank it. Although the seaweed smell off the nose is intriguing, I don’t love it. I have found it time and time again as I have had Jameson. Although it’s matured in sherry casks, the fruit doesn’t really seem to come through in the bottling. I have some friends who say it’s one of the better cheap whiskies, but, unfortunately, I don’t think that I agree and it still hasn’t won me over.

It's quite decent in ginger ale.

Score: 69/100

Value: 61/100 (based on $35)

Review (2018)

  • Batch: N/A
  • Bottling Code: L713714147
  • Bottling Date: 2017


It has been some time since I’ve had this. I don’t love Jameson, though many of my friends think it’s among the best of the cheaper whiskies – there’s always a slightly fishy character to it (as in, reminds me of a fish store), and I don’t love it. It’s odd. Well, on to it!

A lot of grain whisky on the nose – that slightly rough, slightly spicy characteristic, alongside apple, light oak, spicy green grass, caramel, and vanilla. The palate is slightly bitter and carries light pear, apple, caramel, and vanilla and leading into a light finish with some white pepper and chilli flakes (not spicy, just the flavour). Slightly bitter on the finish too. Pleasant enough, but not that interesting. I find an odd mix of sour and bitter which I don’t find that appealing.

The whisky, I’m sure, hasn’t changed – but my palate has. I like it more than I used to – I think I actually didn’t like the pot still characteristic years ago. Now I do like it. When ratings change, people often think it’s the whisky, but it’s no secret that our palates develop and tastes change!

 I love most whiskies from Midleton distillery – this one still not as much!

Score: 76/100

Value: 67/100 (based on $35)