Оценка:89-90/100. Цена: около 120 лв.
Jameson 18 y.o. whiskey Limited Reserve
The Whiskey fest gave me the opportunity to touch a variety of wonderful drinks, whether Scottish, Irish, American or Asian. The foremost among the Irish was Jameson 18 y.o. Limited Reserve whiskey to which I dedicate the following lines.
Thus far I managed to touch the tradition of Jameson Select Reserve whiskey, Jameson 12 y.o. Special Reserve whiskey, Jameson Redbreast 12 y.o. single pot still whiskey, Jameson 12 y.o. Distiller`s selection whiskey and Jameson Gold Reserve whiskey. The logical end or the beginning of the high-end reviews was the presentation of Jameson 18 y.o. Limited Reserve. As the name suggests, its availability on the market is not so big. Common practice for the whiskey producers is to name their products as „small batch“, i.e. as such produced in small batches, but the reality is that from the distillery runs out a permanent multimillion flow. From the information found on the internet, I think that the 18-year-old Jameson does not fall in this category and the actual amount of it is not so big. On the other hand, the blended distillate marks success among the whiskey connoisseur since 2002, when it was presented and introduced in the company’s portfolio. Those specifics of it, made it an object of my desire long before my visit on the fest, but it was there I was able to touch its beauty. Not to mention, that I had heard, that the barrels in which it matures are manually selected by the master distiller and this irritated my curiosity in a way.
Aroma. Traditionally I start the reviews with this feature of the drink. In my opinion, it is very fruity /I caught the aroma of banana and light citrus as lemon peel/, woody, sweet /plum jam/, vanilla, liqueury, grassy notes /understandable, having in mind the presence of pot still whiskey/, sherry notes. The taste is extremely fruity and delicate. I caught peaches, buttery layer/ buttery pastries, slight spiciness and bitterness. The finish is of medium length. Liqueury and sweet, the buttery and toasted cake stands out. Raisins and almonds.
I definitely liked it. In a few words, I would define it as mellow and tasty whiskey with pronounced fruity notes, which as I personally would consume also would give as a gift to a person with affinity to the refined and velvety taste characteristic of Irish whiskey.