The world’s most popular and largest selling Irish whiskeys come from the distillery of Jameson. Originally, one of the main distilleries of Dublin Jameson is now distilled in Midleton, Cork County in south-west Ireland. Established way back in the year 1780’s when a Scotsman, John Jameson married into a Scottish family from in Dublin and became the manager of one of the family owned distilleries. Since then traditionally Jameson whiskey continues to be a blend of rich pot still whiskeys and grain whiskeys. Also till this day Jameson follows a triple distillation process which they claim makes it twice as smooth as other whiskeys.
In the year 2015 Jameson launched their Caskmates collections, a Stout edition and an IPA edition. The distillery partnered with local craft breweries to facilitate an exchange of ageing barrels. Apart from their regular and Caskmates bottling-s Jameson also offers Black Barrel, 18 Year Old Reserve and Signature Reserve. The Caskmates editions were launched in the year 2017 in India but are not easy to come by even in premium stores thus making them a challenging acquisition. I picked up mine from an airport duty free store. Here’s what I think about it.
Colour: Bright golden amber.
Nose: Fresh fruits reminded me of pear. Hints of spice.
Body: A medium bodied whiskey.
Palate: Initially feel sweet on the mouth followed by the chocolate-y and coffee notes of the stout. Hint of hops.
Finish: Long and sweet. Really enjoyable.
The the distillery of Dalwhinnie is located in the heart of Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands. At an altitude of almost 1,100 feet above sea level it is one of the highest distilleries in all of Scotland. It’s proximity and access to the wonderfully clear and fresh waters of the Allt an T’Sluic Spring contributes a great deal towards the flavours of the whisky. Being located in an overlapping region of Spey and the Highlands there has been considerable debate over the years about whether Dalwhinnie should be classified as a Speyside whisky or a Highland one. Interestingly, the distillery is one of the few in Scotland that continues to use wooden worm tubs to this day.
The Dalwhinnie 15 is most often seen along with the Lagavulin 16 from the island of Islay, Glenkinchie 12 from the Lowlands, Talkiser 10 from the Isle of Skye, Oban 14 from the Western Highlands and the Cragganore 12 from the Speyside region as a part of it’s owner, Diageo’s Classic Malts Selection.
The distillery has a range of official bottlings, with it’s signature single malt being the 15-year. Additionally, the distillery also offered a 20-year old, a 36-year old expression which have now been discontinued and succeeded by the no age statements Winter’s Gold and Distiller’s Edition. A large percentage of the single malt distilled at Dalwhinnie is also used in the Diageo owned Buchanan and Black & White blended whiskies. Here’s my review of the Dalwhinnie 15:
Colour: Bright gold.
Nose: Dry, aromatic herbs followed by a bit of peat.
Body: Light to medium body
Palate: Vanilla, sweet honey and fruity.
Finish: The lingering fruity sweetness gradually makes way for hints of spice and peat ending with a malty note.
Pairing: I have enjoyed my Dalwhinne 15 with a creme caramel on a couple of occasions. I also quite like it by itself.