I always enjoy a glass of this on the rocks at a "bar bar," but given a wider choice of Irish I'll go with something else... of course, this isn't meant to be top-of-the-line so that's not a fair thing to say. Anyhow, see notes below, but I enjoy it now (bottling ~2011) a smidge less than I once did. C+
This stuff has a great nose for something so inexpensive -- yeah, the alcohol is there, and it's a lighter nose, but there's bright fruity stuff, floral wisps, and definitely cinnamon and clove. That all factors into the watery-feeling palate pretty much the same way -- fruity and moderately sweet, with tea and malt. In the finish caramel and spice emerge -- cinnamon -- and that's definitely accompanied by the rough edges of alcohol-y stuff. Nothing here is close to mind-blowing, but overall I gotta say that Jameson is decently-good stuff at a great price. (Bottling ~2008) B-
N: Thin and piney with a bit of acetone up front. A bit of honey but it's overrun by the pine-sol vibe. A little grassy and grainy.
P: Very thin on the palate; slightly bitter and sour. Lightly honeyed, the pine and resin notes are quite strong. Gentle heat throughout.
F: Short finish, a bit of cinnamon and vanilla. The grassy and piney notes are still present; it's lightly grainy. Relatively quick finish.
The finish resolves to a reasonably OK sweetness, but that harsh piney resinous note up front is hard for me to overcome. That note also takes a bit of woodiness and almost gets medicinal for me. Ice and/or water focuses the palate even tighter on the piney and resin nnotes. This one is not for me - too much wincing, grimacing and shuddering like I was drinking rotgut in a bad western.