Jameson has announced a new core expression to join the Jameson family, the Jameson Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey. 46% ABV, non-chill filtered, with a recommended retail price of €60.
According to Irish Distillers, Jameson’s parent company, this expression “Celebrates the traditional style of Irish whiskey after which it is named, Jameson Single Pot Still is a throwback to an era when Irish whiskey reigned supreme.”
Crafted under the watchful eye of Master Distiller Kevin O’Gorman, Jameson Single Pot Still is 100% a triple distilled “mod pot” or “middle pot still distillate” single pot still.
The new Jameson Single Pot Still is then matured in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, while also introducing the subtle flavour contribution of three different types of Virgin oak casks: American, European, and Irish. A very interesting harmony among all the casks both on the nose and the palate, in this writer’s opinion.
According to Irish Distillers “The ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks bring elements of sweetness in the form of dried fruits, notes of vanilla and fudge, that Jameson fans the world over will know and love. The addition of the three virgin oak cask types provides a hint of toasted oak and elevated woodland spices. This subtle addition allows the Jameson Single Pot Still to express its traditional spiciness while elevating the overall taste and flavour in this modern classic.”
Kevin O’Gorman, Master Distiller at Irish Distillers, says: “We are delighted with the release of Jameson Single Pot Still. It has been an honour and a joy to work on rebuilding a traditional Jameson expression with an innovative twist and bringing a new member into the Jameson family.
“While crafting this whiskey, the team at Midleton Distillery worked hard to find the exact balance and flavour profile for our finished product. We wanted to showcase the quintessential notes of the single pot still style by blending the familiar ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks before bringing a new dimension with the introduction of the virgin oak casks.”
Deirdre O’Carroll, Blender, adds: “Through some trial and error along the way, working with different prototypes and flavour combinations, we found the right balance for our Jameson Single Pot Still. We have created a whiskey that is robust and spicy by single pot still’s nature, but also intriguingly complex and bearing the trademark Jameson smoothness. We couldn’t be more proud of the results.”
Throughout the 19th century, the Jameson Bow Street Distillery was famed worldwide for its single pot still whiskey – from Europe to Africa and South America. However, tastes changed, and so did Jameson’s approach. The decision was made in the late 20th century to switch to a blended whiskey to make it more accessible and attractive to new audiences. Today, inspired by Jameson’s rich history, the team made the exciting decision to masterfully recreate the signature single pot still style so that everyone can enjoy a piece of Jameson history.
Bottled at 46% ABV, Jameson Single Pot Still whiskey is priced at RRP €60 per 700mL bottle and is available in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Dublin Airport, the UK, Brand Homes and Jameson online.
IDL Official Tasting notes:
Nose: Opens with wood-driven spices of cinnamon and nutmeg intertwined with rich toasted oak, sweet honeycomb, and salted caramel. Zesty fruit notes linger in the background along with dairy fudge, butterscotch, and vanilla while the pot still spices continue to build over time, complementing the earthy woodland notes and ripe fruits.
Taste: Rich dark chocolate, spicy toffee, and ground cinnamon with hints of freshly grated ginger and touches of orange peel. The combination of fresh and seasoned oak adds intricate and layered sweet and smoked-wood tones with delicate tannins, working in balance with the pot still’s silky texture.
Finish: The delicate fruits slowly fade, leaving the spices and oak to linger until the very end.
Matt, how would you compare this to, say, Redbreast 12 or John’s Lane? Thanks!
Hi Pat, its completely different flavour profile. Nowhere near as much sherry, with a very noticeable influence from the virgin oak casks. Different beasts completely in my opinion