Jameson (Men behind the brands)
Jameson is a blended Irish whiskey which is produced by the John Jameson and Son Irish Whiskey company. It takes its name from John Jameson, who was the owner of the Bow Street Distillery near Smithfield in Dublin, which had originally been built by his wife’s cousins the Steins in 1780.
Jameson was a Scottish lawyer from Alloa who had married with Margaret Haig. On his marriage to Margaret, John Jameson moved in 1786 with his wife to Dublin to manage the Stein’s Bow Street Distillery, which was Margaret’s Scottish distilling family. But the first half of the twentieth century was hard for the Company. World War I & II, the Irish Civil War, Prohibition and British Trade Embargoes, all hit hardly the Irish Whiskey industry.
Internationally, Jameson had become the world’s number one whiskey by 1805. Today, Jameson is the world’s third largest single-distillery whiskey which until 1988 had been run by only John Jameson’s descendants.
The three key elements of Jameson Irish Whiskey are water, maize and a combination of malted and unmalted barley. Additionally, there are stringent policies in Ireland which state that firstly, Irish whiskey must be triple distilled, in order to obtain smoothness and balance. This is a John Jameson’s legacy which started in 1780 and remains the same nowadays. Secondly, the spirits must spend a minimum of three years maturing on the island.
Jameson Original is a blend which continued with the traditional pot still production process for many years. Triple-distilled and aged for a minimum of 4 years. In the same way, Jameson casks are largely imported from the United States and Spain, where they were previously used for ageing bourbon and fortified wine. This leaves them seasoned and ready to pass some of their personality along the whiskey.
A special detail about the logo of two barrelmen embossed on the green bottle serves as a reminder for the Irish people who dedicated their working lives to producing this whiskey. Although, in 1966 John Jameson merged with Cork Distillers and John Powers to form the Irish Distillers Group, the Dublin whiskey distilleries of Jameson were closed. The Midleton Distillery now produces much of the Irish whiskey sold in Ireland under the Jameson, Midleton, Powers, Redbreast, Spot and Paddy labels.
Finally, the Jameson brand was acquired by the French drinks conglomerate Pernod Ricard in 1988, when it bought Irish Distillers. On the other hand, the old Jameson Distillery in Bow Street in Dublin now serves as a museum which offers tours about the history and distilling techniques.
Tasting Notes for John Jameson Original, (40% ABV): To the nose, Jameson has a light floral fragrance, peppered with spicy wood and sweet notes. The Taste is a balance of spicy and vanilla notes. Great smoothness.
“So smooth I would drink it even if my name were not on it” John Jamenson
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