Talk to me after a glass of whiskey – you’ll see the difference.
Nothing but a good glass of whiskey. I don’t know about you but that’s my aim after a hard day’s work. But how do you determine a ‘good’ whiskey? To me, it is personal. Everyone has unique taste buds and different tastes cater to different people. For Jameson, it is a versatile and smooth blend of pot still and fine grain whiskey – one of the whiskeys that I have succumbed to looking forward to after a long day.
The name whiskey derives from the Irish word, “Uisce beatha” which means ‘water of life’ and the Dungourney river, which flows through Jameson’s distillery, is the life source of the operation and plays a vital role in the production process. At the bottom of the Jameson crest is the (family) motto, “Sine Metu’ which translates ‘without fear’ or ‘Fear A Bit Less, Live A Bit More.’
More importantly, it’s inspired the maison since their first drops were distilled in 1780. That’s why it’s on every bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey.
Natively Scottish, John Jameson stepped off a ship and finally set up the Bow Street Distillery in Dublin in 1780 where it was producing 30,000 gallons annually. By the turn of 19th century, it was the second largest producer in Ireland and one of the largest in the world, producing 1,000,000 gallons annually.
Triple distilled, Jameson whiskey is light to the nose with light floral fragrance accompanied by peppery, spicy wood and sweet notes. Meanwhile, the taste is a balance of spicy, nutty and vanilla with a hint of sweet sherry – both exceptionally smooth. All of these were made possible by the combination of malted and unmalted barley in casks imported from the United States and Spain where these casks are untouched until aged beyond three years. This leaves them seasoned and allowing the casks to pass some of the personality to the whiskey.
At a recent whiskey tasting event with Jameson, I was re-introduced to Jameson all over again and this time more in depth by Kieran Crowe, ambassador of Jameson. At the same time, we were also served ‘the way a whiskey should be served’ – neat or on the rocks while comparing with other whiskies.
Stay tuned to this space for the different ways to enjoy your Jameson next week!