Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve

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Distillery Bottling
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
20 Oct 2010 4:32 pm

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€ 1019.29

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Whisky Reviews for Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.84 points

  1. Mvk_dub scored this whisky 96 points Member Junior

    Exceptional whiskey, product of close collaboration between The Four Masters: Barry Crockett (Master Distiller), Billy Leighton (Master Blender), David Quinn (Master of Science), and Brendan Monks (Master of Maturation).

    John Hansell, editor of the Malt Advocate magazine, provides some useful detail:

    "Rarest Vintage Reserve is a blend consisting of older grain whiskeys in addition to pure pot still whiskey (containing both malted and unmalted barley), some of which was aged entirely in ruby port casks (with the rest matured in second fill bourbon casks). They told me today that the grain whiskey is 23-24 years old, with the pot still component being slightly younger. The whiskey is bottled at 46% and is not chill-filtered!"


    2008, San Francisco World Spirits Competition: Double Gold, 'Top Irish Whiskey'

    2008, Malt Advocate Awards: Irish Whiskey of the year.

    2009, Jim Murray's Whiskey Bible: Irish Whiskey of the year.

    2009, World Whiskies Awards: World's best Irish Blended Whiskey.

    2009, San Francisco World Spirits Competition: Gold Medal.

    2009, International Spirits Challenge: Gold Medal.

    2010, International Spirits Challenge: Gold Medal.


    "The crispest, cleanest, most beautifully defined of all the Jameson family: orange peel, hickory, spotted dog pudding, lavender - they're all mushed around and in near perfect proportions....making this a 46%, non chill filtered offering really does put the tin hat on it (so Billy: you really have been listening to me over the years...!!!) This is truly great whiskey, among the pantheon of the world's finest." 96 points - Jim Murrays Whiskey Bible 2011

    Tasting Notes:


    Fresh yeast and then rich, ripe, sweet, autumnal fruits - red currants, black berries, cranberries. Some bananas, mangos, passion fruit. Black peppercorns in the background. Also hints of treacle, burnt sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and ash. Complex, full bodied aroma.


    Thick and oily. Sweet notes of thick spiced honey, maple syrup and pancakes. Toasted almonds and forest fruit jam on toast. Buttery notes. Also some smoky, salty hint of good pancetta and thyme. Rock candy/ fudge with some burnt oaky character. Very complex weight and depth.


    Very long and rich. Some creamy vanilla, sweet jam, pears in red wine, Christmas spice and slightly dry oak notes at the end.

    This is seriously good whiskey, smooth and incredibly moreish.

  2. Hradin scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Simply perfect, what more to say

  3. Izzino scored this whisky 97 points Connoisseur

    This is far far best blended Irish whiskey i ever had. Smooth, fruity, dark fruit, buttery.

  4. lincolnimp did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Hey, it`s Monday will that do? :)

  5. Seytse scored this whisky 97 points Member Senior

    Still have my bottle closed, cant wait to open it... Waiting for the 'special' occasion! :)

  6. Georges scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. Georges scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Vanilla, cut grass, fruity, vanilla
    • Taste
      Full, oily, ripe fruit, sweet maple leaf syrup
    • Finish
      Medium long, fresh, fruity

  8. paklu100 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    N: Full body, light bananas, melon, sweet ripe fruit, cinnamon. Clear pot still character.

    T: Toasted wood, sweetness, fruit out of the port casks, dark chocolate, very complex.

    F: Long finish with sweet fruits, a few spices and barley

    One of my all time favorite drams.
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  9. QuarterCentury scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    An exciting release from the most famous name in Irish whiskey. The
    Vintage Reserve is a fantastic blend of well aged grain whiskeys, with
    bourbon cask and port pipe matured pot still whiskeys. A magnificent
    fruit rich whiskey that displays an impressive collage of flavours.


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