Sunday, August 17, 2014

I'm still learning about whiskey in general, and Irish whiskey in specific, but I can tell you right now that I absolutely love Jameson Irish Whiskey. I like it more than Tullamore Dew, which is saying something, because I like Tullamore a lot.

Jameson is pale amber, and the aroma is very sweet. All of the aroma notes are candy; there's vanilla and butterscotch and a little bit of raisin, too. The flavor is similar to Tullamore, but stronger. Where Tullamore has a thin finish, Jameson is rich and strong, with a lot more bite. The wood is there, the vanilla is strong, but that green barley kick at the end really balances out all of that sweetness. I'm still very much a novice in the world of whiskey, but in terms of price, Jameson is a remarkable value. I'm surprised that something this tasty is so affordable and so readily available. Jameson is everywhere, cheap, and delicious. Yeah, it is sweet... but it never gets cloying, never becomes overly sweet. I may have found my go-to whiskey for some time to come.