Maybe that makes sense to some of you. So, if he likes this 'type' of Whiskey, can anybody out there think of an alternative that he might PREFER? Several years ago, an Irish Whiskey fan told me of another Irish Whiskey on the market that's actually superior...Any ideas??
It seems like there's something in the flavour profile of Jamesons that your dad likes. I'm assuming it's the standard (no age statement) bottling as opposed to the 12 or 18yr old bottlings that state this on the label. Elements that I can identify with the NAS bottling include (1) partial pot-still character, (2) a bit of sherry casking, but not dominent sherry taste, and (3) unpeated, and soft - some might say mild or austere flavour. Some have identified a metalic taste from this that has only (to my knowledge) been identified in Bushmills.
From your question, I'm getting that you wish to get your father something uberJameson - please correct me if I misunderstood.
Jameson 12, Blackbush and Redbrest are all good whiskies, but they are all heavily sherried, and this gives a significantly different flavour profile from standard Jameson. To get something with potstill character, you'd have to get a brand from Middleton distillery not Cooley.
Choices that have potstill whiskies in them and are primarily bourbon casked would be whiskies like Jameson 18 or Powers 12. I'm thinking though of Bushmills 10. I'm lothe to recommend it, but people have said it has a metallic taste to it (standard Jameson has a bit of this IMO). I'll try the Bushmills 10 on Sunday and post back on this.
Jameson 18 is real expensive, but really nice. Not sure if it's in your price range. In a pinch, I might try Auchantoshan which is a Scotch which is tripple distilled (like some Irish whiskies) and has soft, austere flavours.
glyningram wrote:Several years ago, an Irish Whiskey fan told me of another Irish Whiskey on the market that's actually superior...Any ideas??
My guess would be Powers Gold label. Similar price point to Jameson, but with more potstill character.
As a lot of people have said, Redbreast, Greens Spot, Powers. These would all have a similar pot still base as Jameson. Personally, I love the Jameson 12 and 18 yr old. Powers is very inexpensive, and I prefer it to Jameson.
Tullamore Dew standard is not the best Irish, but the Tullamore 12 and the Tullamore Heritage are very good and close to the Jameson flavor profile of Jameson...
Bushmills is a different kind of whiskey, so, personally, I wouldn't recommend it in this case, although it's worth trying in general, especially the excellently priced Blackbush.
Anyway, if I had to go for one and was spending about £35 to £40, I'd go for Jameson Gold, although this is hard to get. You will find it in some dutyfrees.
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