Take a closer look just below Jameson label’s shield symbol and you will see “SINE METU” written on the banner. Back in the day, the Jameson family used this motto to spark courage and endure the political prohibition imposed throughout history. Today, these words are synonymous with high-quality whiskey poured across the globe. And what does the Latin phrase mean? “Without fear”. Pretty badass, eh?
Although the company was founded by a Scotsman and is now owned by the French, the fearless Jameson remains the best-selling Irish whiskey in the world. You’ve got Lady Gaga, Kevin Spacey, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and the entire St.Patrick’s crowd to prove it. There isn’t a bar or liquor store in the US which doesn’t serve or sell it. So to honor that reputation, we present to you 10 types of Jameson whiskey you should definitely know about before ordering…
JAMESON 12-YEAR-OLD SPECIAL RESERVE
It is the definition of graceful aging. When sitting in bourbon and Oloroso sherry barrels for 12 years, the flavor of the spirit becomes matured, more full-bodied compared to the original recipe. It packs up more punch, but maintains the same warm, piquant finish. The average cost per bottle is around $60.
JAMESON 18-YEAR-OLD LIMITED RESERVE
If 12 years of aging in barrels isn’t enough, hopefully an edition which has reached adulthood will suffice. Jameson’s 18 year old reserve possesses delicious complexity with hints of vanilla, sherry, and toasted wood from European oak barrels.
The average cost per bottle is around $100.
JAMESON GOLD RESERVE
There is no age for this bottle. Since the price is set between the 12 and 18-year-old Jameson editions, you can probably guess how much time it took to make it. The gold reserve is also a blend of three whiskeys, but from different barrels to influence flavor: one is from virgin oak barrels, while the others come from bourbon and sherry casks.
The average cost per bottle is around $77.
JAMESON IRISH WHISKEY
This is the original. It is the best selling spirit in the world – distilled, blended, bottled, and sent directly from Ireland. Whether you serve it neat, on the rocks, or mix it in a cocktail, its signature smoothness and the spicy light-bodied flavor is recognized everywhere.
The average cost per bottle is around $30.
JAMESON BLACK BARREL SELECT RESERVE
Charring bourbon barrels is an age-old method to intensify the richness and complexity of whiskey’s flavor. The black barrel reserve has distinct aromas of fudge, creamy toffee, and butterscotch, with nutty notes and vanilla and spice sweetness.
The average cost per bottle is around $45.
JAMESON RAREST VINTAGE RESERVE
For those who love luxury and crave for something unique, this blend is the company’s rarest edition you can find. Some bottles are even 20 years old. And the flavor? It is a complex balance of holiday spice, anise, sweet cream, tropical fruit, and barley to top it all off.
The average cost per bottle is around $260.
JAMESON CASKMATES STOUT EDITION
Beer lovers rejoice! This exceptional triple-distilled edition is created by swapping whiskey and beer barrels. Just imagine your regular Irish Whiskey, but finished in Irish craft beer casks. This way, the typical taste of Jameson is enhanced with the touch of cocoa beans and hops. The complementary flavors create a long and sweet finish with hints of milk chocolate and butterscotch.
JAMESON CASKMATES IPA EDITION
This whiskey-craft beer combination is an amalgam of flavors. Each sip is a combination of light citrus, hops, delicate spicy tones, and traces of herbal sweetness. The lingering taste of fresh fruit and hops gives way to barley, giving the spirit that smooth signature finish.
JAMESON THE COOPER’S CROZE
This series shows the mastery of Midleton distillery to select, repair, and maintain their casks. The Cooper’s Croze smells like subtle flower perfume and ripe fruits combined with charred oak and cedar wood to give it balance and complexity. And the taste? It gives the impression of sweet vanilla from American ex-bourbon barrels, but it has a touch of hazelnut and toasted wood to complement the spices.
JAMESON THE BLENDER’S DOG
Last, but not least, The Blender’s Dog celebrates the craftsmanship of Head Blender Billy Leighton. It is a tribute to his skill to create a rich, round mouthfeel. You can taste the sweetness of butterscotch, the prickle of pot still spices, succulent fruits to bring balance and subtle tannin to add complexity.