“Prickly, medicinal, but aromatic notes of brine, green olive and vinegar soften with aeration into a mildly sweet, moderately smoky/briny perfume that’s salty, focused yet plentiful. Palate entry is beguiling and understated; the midpalate is compact, moderately smoky and tobacco-like. The lush texture supports lots of viscosity and natural oils. Aftertaste is long, lush, more sweet than smoky. – Superb/Highly Recommended.'”
*90-95 points Wine Enthusiast, Oct 2004
Single Pot Still
It may have taken 232 years to get here, but we’re sure you’ll agree this spirit was worth the wait. It all began when our masters carefully selected a high proportion of Irish pot still whiskey and a rare small batch grain whiskey, and left it to mature in flame-charred bourbon barrels. As the whiskey matured, it developed aromatic notes of charred wood, deep spices and exotic fruit to create the unmistakable rich and smooth Jameson Black Barrel taste.
Nose: Rich and full, developing into the succulent sweetness of exotic fruits like nectarines, apricot and papaya.
Taste: A burst of flavours combines to produce a creamy, luscious taste experience. The special fruity sweetness from the grain remains consistent, while the waves of vanilla, toasted wood and spices roll through from the pot still whiskey and flame charred barrels.
Finish: An incredibly long finish with fruit and wood spices lingering in perfect proportion, delivering an extremely rich and smooth taste experience.
It all started back in 1780 when John Jameson created his triple distilled, smooth and perfectly balanced Irish Whiskey.
Each year since 1984, the Ireland’s largest distillery has celebrated its distilling and maturing expertise with a limited bottling of Midleton Very Rare. Fewer than 100 specially selected casks are bottled. On the nose are smoked and spiced notes and a touch of herbal flowers. In the mouth, it has a smoked taste with almonds and lush-fruits notes. It offers a velvet-like everlasting finish.
96 points Whisky Advocate
*Best Irish Whiskey of the Year!* Irish Distillers has already released two 90+ pot still whiskeys this year, but this is the knockout blow, an immense take on the wonderful Redbreast. The nose gives little away, all damp autumn leaves and fermenting forest fruit, but on the palate it’s a fireworks display, a colorful mix of apple and pear, berries, vine fruits, chocolate liqueur, and oily pureed fruit. It’s coming to the States soon, and rumor has it there’s more to follow. But this will do. I can’t think if I’ve ever tasted a better Irish whiskey.
92 points Whisky Advocate
Redbreast 12 year old is a classic pure pot still Irish whiskey; where can you go from there? This new 15 year old expression is more muscular (bottling at 46% and not chill filtering certainly helps), but there are trade-offs. It’s a bit closed on the nose (like a great Bordeaux wine that’s too young). I do enjoy the silky/oily texture, the bold resinous oak spice grip on the finish, and the rich nutty toffee, fig, black raspberry, chocolaty, chewy nougat throughout the palate. Still, it’s not as eminently drinkable, refined, or balanced as the 12 year old.