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 Crested is a celebration of the first drops of whiskey that were bottled, sealed and labelled at the Bow Street Distillery in Dublin, marking the moment in time in 1963 when Jameson took full control of the whiskey making process, from grain to glass. Up until then, distillers – including the Jameson Distillery – sold barrels of whiskey to bonders to bottle themselves before selling on to Irish whiskey consumers.
A lovely enticing mix of Irish pot still fruitiness with just a touch of sherry fruitiness which balances well with a touch of ginger, vanilla, sweet coconut and mild pot still spices. The palate shows a creamy vanilla, layers of gentle sherried fruit and pot still spices, coconut, a lovely gentle Demerara sweetness, a touch of pepper. The delicious mild pot still spices increase with each mouthful. The taste just lingers long into the finish, delicious pot still spices, vanilla and sherry carry on long into the finish, slowly fading to leave mild drying oak spice.