Jameson 18 Year Old Limited Reserve

Jameson 18 year old limited reserve


Irish Whiskey is unique to me.  It doesn’t have the bold flavors of American Bourbon nor Scotch but I am learning that it has its own niche in whiskey.  A trip to Ireland a few years ago helped to open my eyes.

I have a fondness for bold flavors.  I can get that in spades from Scotch and Bourbon. Malty, Salty, Smokey, Peaty, Molasses, earth and Brown Sugar flavors dominate my favorite whiskey landscape.  Irish whiskey is a subtler taste.  The flavors are much more nuanced.

This offering is very good.  An 18-year-old Irish whisky is an important investment from both the distiller and the consumer.  This Irish Whiskey has a great deal of character and distinction.  It is finished in Bourbon casks which imparts the vanilla finish but there are lots of flavors here.  Toffee, light spice, a little earthiness and light brown sugar.

This is an expensive taste but it lacks the punch per dollar that I am looking for.  That does not mean this isn’t good.  This is excellent Irish whiskey.  This is a great pour for people who prefer lighter subtler flavor.  Would I purchase another bottle?  Absolutely! Sometimes I want a whiskey that feels like a kick in the gut.  Sometimes I like a nice relaxing whiskey that is focused and flavorful.  This Jameson is perfect for that mood.



Glenfiddich Bourbon Barrel Reserve

Glenfiddich Bourbon Barrel Reserve


I have had so much young Glenfiddich that I simply lost my taste for it and its pal Glenlivet, featured in any dive bar in the USA.  As my palate matured, I began to seek out the older Scotches and brands I didn’t see in my old haunts.   Glenfiddich was just not a part of my Scotch vocabulary.

That changed a few weeks ago, when I got a chance to taste something very special at the 2016 Whiskey Revival held at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.  At an event where I barely drank the samples offered by distilleries, this was the only whiskey where I polished off 2 full sized samples.

I have had Scotch aged in all kinds of barrels before but I can’t recall a single version aged in bourbon barrels.  This Scotch is phenomenal!  14 years in ex-bourbon American oak casks then finished in charred new American Oak barrels.  The result, a wonderful amber color with amazing brown sugar, molasses, toffee and a hint of citrus flavors.  This is a meaty drink that coats the tongue and hangs on for a long lip smacking finish.

My absolute favorite from the night.  This is a beautiful Scotch that would be an expensive every day pour.  It is an example of attention to detail in distilling and provides a unique flavor profile.  Definitely a neat only drink and should be enjoyed in the company of your closest friends.