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John Jameson 12-year-old

Overall rating
76.30/100
votes
22
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
Added on
22 Feb 2014 12:21 am by potstill

Average value

€ 435.69

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22 × member ratings

21 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for John Jameson 12-year-old

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 76.30 points

  1. MaltMartin scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    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. Tasted it on two different occasions from two different bottles (my own and from a bottle of JacobaEd); no difference in flavor and taste. This is how this whiskey was bottled, so no difference in ratings.
    • 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.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    [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.whiskeybase.com/whiskey/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...
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      68 68

  3. Dre73 scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    Strange whiskey, a-typical aroma's and flavors. After some time the nose recovers a little and gets more pleasant, the taste doesn't. It remains undefinable, and without being awful or something, it isn't pleasant either.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Gasoline, metal, rubber, old leather, musky. Later on more fruitier, and more alcohol. Apples, some sweetness, powder sugar and flowers.
    • Taste
      75 75
      Soft and smooth, only a little tingling mouthfeel. Strange taste, plastic-like, industrial, with a far hint of undefinable fruit, and a little cinnamon.
    • Finish
      75 75
      Still only a little tingling, but very smooth and soft. Still some plastics, rubber. Now some sweet notes and bitterness.

  4. Willum scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      75 75

  5. hans1971 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
      Intriguing nose. Metallic, musty, like an old factory hall with old machines, later other scents emerge: floral, malty, honey.
      Nose is the most beautiful part of this whiskey.
    • Taste
      78 78
      slight mouthfeel. I taste malt, pepper, something of aniseed, liquorice, salmiak.
    • Finish
      76 76
      finish is quite short. Slightly sweet and spicy, dry.

  6. stefsel111 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 72 points Moderator

    Not so bad on the nose but quite bitter finish
    • Nose
      82 82
      Green fruits, little grassy, also some tropical fruits, green papaya, honeydew, old books
    • Taste
      72 72
      Green tea, black tea, leafy, bitter, just little sweetness and fruitiness
    • Finish
      62 62
      More green tea and bitterness

  8. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 71 points Connoisseur

    Some fruits a bit of cardboard quite thin, interesting

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    Not tried this for a few years but it is worse than I remember, it is very syrupy and far too sweet as if someone put a truck load of caramel in it with a hint of vinegar?
    The sweetness is actually okay as its mixed with some dark homey bit it is everything else that is causing problems here.

  10. rpvdwel scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      77 77

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