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I have seen several Jameson 12yo's, but they all appear to be blends. Anyone have any idea what Jameson 12yo is pure pot still?
P.S. Redbreast, luckily I still have half a bottle left. Green Spot is on my must-get-list, but Jameson LE PPS is way too expensive for me.
I am looking to try Bushmills Black Bush next or maybe the 16 yr 1608.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
I highly recommend Black Bush, despite it is blended whisky. IMO, it is much better than for instance Bushmills 10 Y.O. single malt. 16 Y.O. I haven't tasted though ...
It's not Irish pot still as I understand the term, though - I think that involves unpeated barley in the mash <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Whoops! I meant "unmalted", not unpeated, of course. I've never tasted the peated Irish whiskies: are they worth the trouble?
I forgot to mention an Adelphi bottling of a peated sm from Cooley: Suir.
As to whether they're worth the trouble, that depends on your own taste and likes/dislikes of course. Although quite young (no age is given on the label, but I guess it's around 6 y.o.) I like Connemara (the peatiness is different from Islay-like peatiness). Suir is a notch up from Connemara. Really curious as to how 10+ y.o. peated sm from Cooley would be!
[This message has been edited by lexkraai (edited 30 August 2002).]
Technically, Irish single malts probably can be called "pure pot still" because that is how they are produced and there is no legal requirement to include unmalted barley.
Similarly, a single malt would not have to be a pure pot still whisk(e)y if it was pure malted barley distilled in a continuuous still. I think the '63 North of Scotland single grain met this criteria and technically would also be a single malt.
Interestingly, Irish Pure Pot still is also NOT restricted exclusively to barley. Other grains especially oats were often used in the mashbill till the last couple decades. It is my understanding that the (awesome) Middleton 26yo Pure Pot Still recently released did include oats in the mashbill!
But I must admit that I like Conemara "pure pot still" too, and every now and then a Jameson. But I can't say if they are blends, or pure pot still, or whatever. If Conemara says that it's pure pot still, then I have to believe that, otherwise Conemara is incredible towarts us....
It's called a vatting rather than a blend because all it's components are made at the same distillery. This is not purely semantics, but not of earth shattering importance either.
Connemara is technically not a pure pot still whiskey because there is no unmalted barley used in the ale. It is absolutely brilliant, IMO.
The pure pot still Irish are Redbreast, Green Spot, Jameson 15 year pot still, Middleton 25-year old (I think), and a few other ancient ones.
BTW, the other PPS Irish Whiskeys that I think might still be (barely) available are:
Middleton 30 (along with the 25 & 26 you and I mentioned earlier).
Knappogue Castle '51 36yo (from Daly).
Uncommon Cadenhead bottlings especially the 41yo from Daly.
I bought Jim Murray's Classic Irish Whiskey and enjoyed it, although it could do with some updating to cover many new vintages.
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