Jameson Whiskey, one of the most influential and key exports from Ireland is also one of the world’s most beloved whiskies, and the holder of the indisputable title of ‘the bestselling Irish whiskey all over the world.
Introduced in 1780, Jameson is a blended whiskey that is as Irish as it can get and is one of the most important components of a truly Irish celebration. The company was founded by John Jameson and his son in the year 1810 when he purchased the Bow Street Distillery, a place he began to work at in the year 1786.
The words ‘Sine Metu’ inscribed on the label of every Jameson bottle are the Jameson Family motto that means ‘Without Fear’.
As all Irish whiskeys are, Jameson is renowned for its smooth finish and impeccable taste that is achieved by blending in some of the best single pot whiskey and grain whiskey.
Once the largest consumed whiskey in the world, Jameson suffered a few setbacks along with other Irish distilleries but managed to hold its own in a market that was quickly becoming saturated with new brands.
Mounting a comeback during the early 1900s, Jameson has managed to scale back up and grab the position of the third-largest selling whiskey in the world, and being among the bestselling whiskies in the United States of America.
Today, Jameson Irish Whiskey is considered to be the quintessential Irish whiskey and is the personal favourite of many a whiskey connoisseur. The brand has survived numerous events that could have led to its closure such as the Irish War of Independence, World War I, World War II, Prohibition in America, and a trade war with Britain that denied them the rights to export their whiskey to nations of the Commonwealth.
Jameson, unlike Scotch whiskies, is prepared differently and its ingredients too are different as compared to other preparations of whiskey around the world.
The Jameson Irish whiskey is prepared using malted and unmalted barley. It is a blend of triple distilled single pot still whiskey and the finest grain whiskeys granting it the smooth finish that Jameson is well known for.
The standard Jameson whiskey expression is barrelled in oak casks for 4 years before being finished off in ex-Bourbon casks and Sherry Oak casks. It has an alcohol content of 40% ABV.
Jameson has sold 7.3 Million cases worldwide in 2017/2018, and the United States is the largest consumer nation for Jameson Irish Whiskey, and has been the recipient of the Liquid Gold Award in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible in 2014 among other notable awards and titles.
Floral whiff with hints of sweetness.
A good body with hints of vanilla.
Thicker with a spicy, medium length.