Jameson Black Barrel
Added on Sunday, Apr 22, 2012 at 04:43 PM
  Bottler: Midleton
  Age: 12 yrs Type: Irish
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Blend
  ABV: 40.00 % Region: Ireland
  Price: $38 Availability: Specialty Stores
Black Barrel has a higher percentage of pure pot still whiskey than regular Jameson and is composed of whiskeys aged in bourbon and sherry casks.
Member Ratings and Notes
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The nose on this is very nice, rich and malty with some fruit in the background; it's very crisp and clean. I likely would have guessed a single malt based on the nose alone. The palate reveals its blended heritage with some spicy grain notes that play along well with the maltiness, though there is a diluted quality to it. The finish is just a whisper of sweet, fruity malt on the tongue.

 

This is a well done whiskey and leagues above the standard Jameson. I like the flavors, but this is one where I really wish they had upped the abv. In a whiskey with delicate flavors like this, a high abv can make the difference between something good and something outstanding. In its diluted state, it hints at the great whiskey it could be but just doesn't get all the way there.

 
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