Jameson Select Reserve Single Distillery Irish Whiskey
Small Batch (International)/Black Barrel (U.S.)
40% ABV/80 Proof
What the Distillery Says:
Whiskeys like Jameson Black Barrel don’t just happen by chance. Years of experience and skill go into the precise selection of whiskeys used in this intense and intriguing addition to the Jameson family.
The Jameson Masters carefully select a high proportion of single Irish pot still whiskey and a rare small batch grain whiskey, all matured in flame-charred bourbon barrels and toasted sherry casks.
The trademark Jameson notes of toasted wood and spice develop while the rich pot still whiskey matures in the dark, aromatic warehouses of our single distillery. The rare, sweet grain whiskey – not found in any other Jameson Whiskey – is triple distilled in small batch quantities on just one occasion each year.
This bold combination of charred barrels, deepened spices and exotic fruits, results in a dark and full-bodied taste experience that is completely unique and unmistakably Jameson. It took 232 years to get here, but we think you will agree that Jameson Black Barrel was worth the wait.
NOSE – Rich and full, developing into the succulent sweetness of exotic fruits like nectarines, apricot and papaya.
TASTE – A burst of flavours combine to produce a creamy, luscious taste experience. The special fruity sweetness from the grain remains consistent, while the waves of vanilla, toasted wood and spices roll through from the pot still whiskey and flame charred barrels.
FINISH – An incredibly long finish with fruit and wood spices lingering in perfect proportion, delivering an extremely rich and luxurious taste experience.
What Richard Says:
Nose: Creamy and lightly sherried with lots of dried straw.
Palate: A richer mouth feel than regular Jameson. A little sweet at first and then you can see the pot still character shining through. I get stone fruit during the transition into the finish. Apricots for sure but others too. I just can’t pick them out.
Finish: Hot and woody at first. Bits of mint and a little nutty as the finish lingers.
Comments: Jameson with more pot still component? Yes please! Jameson only better would be the best description. For some reason this is “Small Batch” everywhere but the U.S. and “Black Barrel” here. I’m guessing it has to do with bottle labeling regulations put in place via bourbon but I don’t really know. I bought mine overseas and it says small batch but they are both the “Select Reserve.” I don’t know that it’s quite worth twice as much as regular Jameson but it’s worth trying if you’re a fan.
Rating: Stands Out