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Jameson Select Reserve Irish Whiskey, Ireland Add to ...

  • Rating 91
  • Price $49.95

Carried only in a few foreign markets, Canada and the northeastern United States among them, this is a new premium offering from the big kahuna of Irish whiskey. It’s labelled “small batch,” golden words that are the distilling analogue to “craft brewed.” A large component of pot-still barley makes it into the blend for a fuller, more robust flavour than is typical of Irish whiskey. It’s sumptuously rich, oily and nutty, with dried fruit and honey mingling with toasted grain, caramel, vanilla and spices. Drink it neat or with a splash of H2O, but I’d fight the temptation to run it aground on the rocks; you’ll want to savour the aromatic complexity that comes with room temperature. For the money, it’s an attractive alternative to Scottish single malt. $54.49 in B.C., $49.33 in Manitoba, $50 in Quebec, $49.99 in New Brunswick, $54.99 in Nova Scotia, $50.69 in Newfoundland.

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