Next in our series of Irish whiskey tastings came the Jameson 18. Jameson is produced at the Midleton distillery in Southern Ireland. This is the most popular brand of Irish whiskey, easily found in establishments all over the world. This expression of the Jameson, a brand not known by this reviewer for outstanding quality, features a disappointing 40% abv. I would have expected something a bit higher at this level of premium positioning.
My tasting notes describe the nose as being light with jam and dried herbs accentuating a grainy introduction.
On the palate, I deciphered sweet fruits mixed with spices, roasted nut, and a hint of mint at the very end.
The finish left me with grapefruit and a certain sensation that I struggled to identify. Almost like jalapeño with black pepper.
Overall, a zesty whiskey that feels quite juicy. I heard some people say it was oily and thick, but I wasn’t able to detect those qualities in this entry to Jameson’s line of whiskies. I think it’s worth a try, but I would have trouble calling this a regular dram. At the price of $120 in Quebec, $110 in Ontario, and $114 in New Hampshire, I know you have better options for your money.