Irish Distillers was formed in 1966 following the merger of three of the great Irish Whiskey distillers, namely John Jameson & Sons, established in Dublin in 1780; Powers & Sons, who were founded in Dublin in 1791 and the Cork Distillery whose origins date back to 1825. Though steeped in history, around the time of the merger the future of the Irish Whiskey industry was under doubt. To survive and hopefully prosper, the newly formed company decided there was nothing for it but to close its existing distilleries in Cork and Dublin and consolidate production in a new, purpose-built facility located alongside the site of the old distillery in Midleton, Cork. The relocation eventually heralded in an era of success and growth that continues to this day. In time it also gave the original and historic Jameson and Midleton distilleries a new and exciting lease of life. All the craft of the centuries-old tradition of making Irish whiskey is used to produce Jameson. Jameson Black Barrel is a triple-distilled Irish whiskey that pays tribute to the cooper’s method of charring barrels for a second time. Charring is a traditional method for invigorating barrels, although today at Midleton double-charred barrels are used by choice rather than through necessity.
Sherry and pot still fruitiness, some candied citrus fruit there also, vanilla toffee and a wee touch of spice. The palate is sweet creamy vanilla coated in pot still spices, coconut, burnt raisins, a little nutty, a little lemon citrus. Deliciously long, sherried fruit and spice fade leaving lovely oak spice on the finish.