For those of you who follow us on Facebook you might have seen my pictures from the Jazzy James Events at Uhørt in Oslo last Autumn. The events are a combination of Jameson cocktails and Jazz. A lovely combination in my opinion! Today it is time for a review of an Irish whiskey from Jameson distillery.
Well, one of the ‘cocktails’ served at Jazzy James is Jameson Black Barrel Neat. I have bought it several times but never took the time to take any notes. Now I have my own bottle at home and a lot of time to explore the whisky. I must admit I am one of those prefer the Jameson Original in an Irish Coffee instead of neat. Let us see how the Black Barrel is.
Jameson Black Barrel is available in Norway at NOK 445. It is bottled at 40 ABV. This is what Jameson says makes the Black Barrel different from the Original:
Twice charred for a good measure. Black Barrel is a triple distilled blend of rich pot still and grain whiskey that is matured in a mixture of sherry casks and bourbon barrels. However, unlike the rest of our range, the bourbon barrels undergo an additional charring. It’s a painstaking process, but we hope you’ll agree that it’s worth the extra effort.
Clean on the nose with nuts and candy sweetness. The candy is something I often find on the nose when it comes to Irish whiskies and grain whiskies. Very smooth and clean on the palate. Easy drinking for sure. A light fruity taste with caramel and nuts, maybe nut shell. Fresh after a while with eucalyptus and ginger. Quite a nutty and dry finish. The nuttiness leaves an oily palate.
My score: nose 20 / taste 21 / finish 20 / balance 20 = 81