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John Jameson 12-year-old

Overall rating 9 votes 75.29
Category
Blend
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Special Old Irish Whiskey
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Label
1970s
Bottle code
1 GB liquor bottle 134 2 Ireland 74
Market
us United States
Added on
22 Feb 2014 12:15 am by potstill

Average value

€ 572.00

0 × in wishlist

8 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose 21
Taste 20
Finish 20
Balance 21

Tastingtags

8 Notes

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
07 Apr 2017 9:32 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 75 points

[April, 2017]  Certainly a lot of bottle maturation with this one as it slept for more than 50 years in the bottle (my sample states "1950's").  But bottle maturation is a two-edged affair:  It improves good spirit slowly, but significantly to the better as can be seen with this unbelievable luscious Laphroaig https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/10733/laphroaig-1970-sa (some say the best Laphroaig ever).  On the other side it intensifies the flaws and imbalances of a bad spirit too, making it even more worst with the decades. 

So what did bottle maturation to this dram?  The nose is not that bad (to me) as other members described it below - these gasoline or petrol or adhesive glue aromas are typical byproducts of a very long maturation (both in the cask and in the bottle, but without wood as a catalyst it takes usually decades instead of years to show an effect).  That is why I love this strange flavour as it indicates to me "old stuff"...

Nevertheless the nose is not really good either, some fruity and sweet aromas - that's it!  Oops, the arrival on the palate is rather harsh and adstringent.  I do not like that.  And the body does not improve this significantly.  The best about the finish is its shortness.

It is okay to drink, but I will not go for a second dram in my life...

Weighted Rate
75.1
Nose
83
Initial taste
70
Body
72
Finish
68
Price
80
Presentation
85
There is no accounting for taste...
thijs100
Expert Senior thijs100 Tasting note
30 Jun 2017 11:24 am
thijs100 gave this whisky 78 points
Color
Amber
Nose

Light with plenty of cereals, some rye, wheat, and faint orchard fruits, like ripe apples. A faint metallic edge, with a hint of plastic. It's okay, but a bit flat.

Taste

A tad more outspoken, but not by much. Lots of similarities to the nose, without the metal, but a whiff of plastic remains. The pot still elements (dried fruit, cough syrup) are very subdued here.

Finish

Medium in length, grainy and (very) faint fruit.

Comments

It's perfectly average, which of course isn't what I'd hoped for. On the other hand it isn't that strange, since this was not exactly a high-end whiskey when it was still in production. Why would a little bit of bottle aging change that?


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St. Pauli
Expert Senior St. Pauli Tasting note
16 Apr 2017 10:18 pm
St. Pauli gave this whisky 82 points
Color
Amontillad
Nose

An old, raw and dusty nose. A combination of petrol and apricot is the first that comes to my mind. Then, freesia and a lot of dust. Think of husks of various kind of seeds. 

Taste

It's more mellow on the palate than some other pot still whiskies I've tasted. I must say that I enjoy the raw side more. Not that this one is not unpleasant, but it's less powerful. It's a little mineral, dusty (again these husks), grassy, fruity on dried apricot, and slightly flowery.

Finish

Short to medium, but soft and velvety. No harshness to be detected. Again, it's a combination of mainly dusty barley and other seeds, a bit of honey maybe, grass and flowers.

Comments

Quite enjoyable, although it's not the most complex whiskey out there. 

Cheers! Paul
lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Review note
11 Mar 2017 6:32 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 73 points

Not one of the better ones but definitely worth trying because its a strange profile taste wise.

Weighted Rate
72.6
Nose
68
Initial taste
73
Body
73
Finish
73
Price
75
Presentation
77
lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Tasting note
11 Mar 2017 6:53 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 73 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

Strange nose, cheese, plasticine, , apricot, petrol

Taste

Whoa, toffee but again plasticine and I don,t eat it that often, some mango, faint grapefruit, and hints of orange , then some salted caramel but there is also some sweet vanilla.

Finish

Reasonable length, with the toffee notes growing but the cheese not remains.

Comments

Drinkable but the cheese spoils it for me and there is creamy and too creamy and this is the latter.

Ruud6421
Specialist Ruud6421 Note
10 Jun 2016 9:29 pm
Ruud6421 gave this whisky 76 points

Moldy grape pulp on a dusty attic.

Strange, but special. Quite enjoyable.

Thanks Martin for the sample 

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MaltMartin
Connoisseur MaltMartin Tasting note
14 May 2016 3:11 pm
MaltMartin gave this whisky 75 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

Hmm, starts with a very strange industrial nose of gasoline, plastic and other chemical associations. Very yeasty as well. Metalic edge. Not much to enjoy. Later on however it becomes more gentle with cut grass, geraniums and lavender. Even hints of old leather.

Taste

Malty notes of cereal, oats and biscuits. Quite a lot of eucalyptus. Hints of hops at the background. Bitter chocolate and dark coffee. Aniseed. Toasted chestnuts.

Finish

Medium long. A little pepper. Liquorice. Ginger. Pine at the end.

Comments

Not the whiskey you imagine in connection with the legendary Bow Street Distillery of John Jameson & Son in Dublin. But give this whiskey a breath for a while and it becomes better. At least you can say it's interesting old Irish.

Brug
Member Senior Brug Note
01 Jan 2016 7:52 pm

see the entry on John Jameson on wikipedia.


The older 12- and 15 year bottling had the (rather dull) brown label. The distillery was, at that time, still active in Dublin; the most important distillery being the Bow Street plant. In 1976 the distillery moved to Cork, after a merger.

The brown label Jameson is still available on the market, for instance at the celtic whiskey shop. Pricey, though. 

Brug

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