A little over-due, but back at the end of May, the fifth instalment of the Manchester Whisky Club had a little Irish added to the occasion. Held at the Lass O’Gowrie, the fifth meeting had a special guest in the form of Jameson Brand Ambassador Stephen Carberry, bringing with him 5 expressions from their range.
After talking a little bit about the history of Jameson, Irish whisky in general and how it all differs from the rest, we cracked on with trying some usual but also unexpected names.
So without further a do, lets see how they all fared –
Jameson – 40%
Matured for at least seven years. Soft hints of vanilla on the nose with a light, smooth aroma boding well for the long offering on the palate. Smoother offering of grain and honey with a slight dryness near the end.
Jameson Select Reserve – 43%
Produced using a small batch of grain collected once a week per year from a field that is never touched thereafter. Around 10 years matured. Slightly sharp nose at the beginning but softens out with a wisp of smoke. Sweet offering on the palate with very smooth texture of toffee and lingering smoke.
Jameson Gold Reserve – 40%
Matured in original fresh oak barrels, then ex bourbon barrels and finished in ex sherry casks. Rich malt on the nose with almond aromas dancing nicely. Very smooth when it hits the palate with flavours of honey and oak mixing well. A long finish of malt.
Green Spot – 40%
A nose of damp raisin and hints of marzipan, with an ending of dry wood. A rich sharpness on the palate with a full bodied flavour of thick green fruit that produced a fresh, long finish.
Redbreast 12yr – 40%
Sharp on the nose with a rich aroma of red fruit. Hints of spice on the palate with a rich yet short offering of citrus and nuts.
A great collection showcased, with the Green Spot and Gold Reserve my personal highlights.
June had an evening across the pond in the USA, so a great chance to see how the lighter whiskies from Ireland would compare to the bourbons and rye whiskies of America.
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