Jameson Select Reserve

It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed something outside of Scotch Single Malts. The generous folks at Jameson’s South Africa sent me a bottle of the newest addition to their range, Jameson Select Reserve.

Like Jameson, it’s also matured in sherry and bourbon casks, but what makes this special is that the bourbon casks are toasted and charred to exact specification. There is also the addition of “small batch” grain whiskey, which is blended with Irish pot still whiskey, giving Select Reserve increased body and richness.

They say:

Nose: Rich and full, developing into succulent sweetness of exotic fruits like nectarines, apricot and papaya

Palate: A burst of flavours combine 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 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.

I say:

Nose: Wow! Much more complex than any Irish Whiskey I’ve tasted so far. Some typical bourbon notes of vanilla and fresh fruit, with clover honey sweetness and cooked cereal. Also pick up a little smoke, which I assume is from the charred barrels- 8/10

Palate: Rich and full bodied, pick up subtle dried fruit, peaches, almond, and rich toffee. Hint of cinnamon too. Some beautiful layers of complexity- 7.5/10

Finish: Very long fruit, and smooth finish, reminiscent of Jameson. However, a lot more spice in the finish, pick up nutmeg and all spice. 3/5

My rating: 18.5/25

A real step up from Jameson, and one I’d happily share with whiskey lovers. One of the best Irish Whiskey’s I’ve tasted, and at it’s price-point a tough one to compete with! Recommend it with a dash of water and 2 cubes of ice during the day, and with a dash of water only, at night.

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Price per Bottle: R329.00

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