Jameson Gold Reserve is a blend of three pot still style whiskeys of advanced years, one of which is uniquely matured in virgin oak barrels. This inspired choice of wood accounts for its ‘honey toasted sweetness’ and marvellously rich complexity which places it among the worlds top 5 blends according to whiskey critics.
As a gift, its stylish packaging uniquely cradles the bottle while its premium credentials are a statement of discerning character. A showcase whiskey to be enjoyed by those with an occasion to celebrate or a moment to savour.
The John Jameson and Son Irish Whiskey company was formally established in 1810 when John Jameson and his son (also John Jameson) took ownership of the Bow Street Distillery in Dublin which had originally been built by his wife's cousins the Steins in 1780. Jameson was a Scottish lawyer from Alloa in Clackmannanshire who had married Margaret Haig, a sister of the Haig brothers who owned the Haig distilleries. Margaret Haig was a first cousin of the Steins, a Scottish distilling family, also from Clackmannanshire, with significant distilling interests in Scotland and Dublin.
On his marriage to Margaret Haig in 1786, John Jameson moved with his new wife to Dublin to manage the Stein's Bow Street Distillery (which had been established in 1780) for Margaret's Stein uncle. This explains the use of the year 1780 in Jameson marketing as the Bow Street Distillery was where Jameson Irish Whiskey was born.
Portraits of John and Margaret Jameson by Sir Henry Raeburn are in the collection of the National Gallery of Ireland. Originally one of the six main Dublin Whiskeys, Jameson is now distilled in Cork. In 2013, annual sales topped 4.7 million cases (56.4 million bottles). Jameson is by far the best selling Irish whiskey in the world, as it has been sold internationally since the early 19th century.
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Nose: Billy picks up what he calls “fragrant floral notes”. The vanilla toasted oak aroma comes from the Virginia oak barrels and the fruity notes from the sherry casks.
Palate: With such a mix of casks and whiskeys, the flavour was always likely to be complex and rewarding. Billy refers to it as layers of succulent fruits from the sherry butts interlaced with vanilla from the virgin oak, balanced with the pot still spice to deliver a silky mouth-feel.
Finish: In Billy’s own words: “It’s mellow, like Jameson, with complexity delivered through pot still spices, balanced with a pleasant peppery finish.”