Jameson Black Barrel Select Reserve
For this Jameson Black Barrel Select Reserve, Jameson Master Distiller Billy Leighton has carefully selected a small batch of high proportion of Pot Still Whiskey. This explains why Jameson Black Barrel Special Reserve is sometimes labelled as Small Batch when sold outside Ireland. Midleton Distillery’s Master Cooper Ger Buckley then carefully selects and reserves the very best of his supply of ex Bourbon Whiskey casks which Jameson imports from Kentucky. These casks are then flame charred on the inside before being filled with Billy Leighton’s special blend. Flame charring improves the charcoal filtering effect of the barrels. It also caramelizes residues of sugar rich bourbon in the wood to give a rich toasted wood sweetness to Jameson Black Barrel Special Reserve. This gives Jameson Select Reserve a characteristic burnt wood nose and taste. It also explains the small “Black Barrel” label which sometimes replaces the “Small Batch” label on the front of the bottle
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Jameson Select Reserve Black Barrel Irish Whiskey
Jameson Select Reserve Small Batch Whiskey is fast developing a cult status because of it’s very distinctive and unique flavour and nose.
It is sometimes sold with a small Black Barrel Label on the front to show that it has been aged in barrels that have been carefully selected by Midleton Distillery’s Master Cooper Ger Buckley who then deep flame chars the inside of the barrels. It’s these Black Barrels that give a unique dark and deep musty charred wooden depth to the flavour.
Jameson Black Barrel Special Reserve is incredible value and is probably one of the best quality and best value Two Pooka Whiskeys available. If you want to surprise a whiskey fan in your life with a really unusual gift that only costs a little more than normal Jameson, then Jameson Select Reserve Black Barrel whiskey is your man!
When I developed the Pooka Irish Whiskey Scale, I was thinking about Irish whiskeys like Jameson Black Barrel which take an entry level Pooka One Irish Whiskey and and work some magic on it by upping the standard of the Pot Still and tweaking and improving the maturation to bring the whiskey to the next Pooka Two level.
Jameson Select Reserve Tasting Notes
- Nose: Rich and tropical fruity with a hint of burnt caramel.
- Taste: An explosion of flavours with lots of vanilla, and burnt oak combined with Pot Still pepper. All softened by the excellent small batch grain sweetness.
- Finish: A very long and crackling finish that reminds you of being beside an old wood camp fire.
Jameson Black Barrel Select Reserve is a wonderful example of a Two Pooka Whiskey. They have taken the old winning Jameson formula of Grain and Pot Still Blend and “Pimped the Ride” to make a very special Irish whiskey. The grain is a carefully selected small batch and the high proportion of Pot Still and the well charred barrels make this a whiskey of real substance and character. I recently enjoyed some Black Barrel in the company of the management of the Jameson Visitor Centre in Dublin’s Smithfield. Whilst discussing the effects of the charring of the barrels, one of the managers opined that because the barrels used are ex bourbon which is made from sugar heavy maize, that there would be a degree of caramelizing to the inside of the barrels when they are flame charred. I’m not sure how much sugar would remain in the bourbon to support this, but it does demonstrate the fun of exploring and discovering the many little tweaks and extras that make a Two Pooka Irish Whiskey different. The finer points of Jameson Black Barrel Special Reserve might be slightly lost on new Irish Whiskey drinkers, but I definitely recommended Black Barrel for those who want to make their first jump from One Pooka to Two Pooka Irish Whiskey on their voyage towards becoming an Irish Whiskey aficionado.
Jameson Black Barrel Select Reserve Irish Whiskey Fact File
Brand Name: Jameson
Name: Black Barrel Special Reserve
Age Statement: None
Filtered?: Non Chill Filtered
Whiskey Type: Pot Still Whiskey and Small Batch Grain Whiskey Blend
Cask Type: Hand selected Kentucky Bourbon Barrels which have been extra flame charred on their arrival in Midleton
Pooka Scale: 2 on the Pooka scale
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Jameson is a blended Irish whiskey produced by the Irish Distillers subsidiary of Pernod Ricard. The company was established in 1780 when John Jameson established the Bow Street Distillery in Dublin. The Jameson Distillery’s portfolio includes many award winning Irish Whiskey’s like: Jameson Select Reserve, Jameson 12 Year Old Special Reserve, Jameson 18 Year Old, Jameson Gold Reserve and Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve.