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
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.