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Jameson Black Barrel Takes Double Gold At ISC 2021

9th July 2021
Double Gold for Jameson's outstanding Black Barrel.

Jameson Black BarrelI am sure it wont come as much of a surprise to those of you who are familiar with it, it doesn't surprise me at all that Jameson Black Barrel celebrated a Gold Outstanding and 98 points from the International Wine and Spirits Competition 2021 (IWSC), and an impressive Double Gold medal from the International Spirits Challenge (ISC) in recent weeks, last night Jameson Black Barrel took home the overall trophy for the best Irish whiskey at the ISC’s prestigious annual ceremony.

Testament to the quality and craftsmanship of the beloved Irish whiskey, this honour is the result of a rigorous blind tasting assessment from an experienced panel of judges to discover outstanding quality in the spirits industry. Matured in reawakened bourbon barrels, Jameson Black Barrel has a unique richness, with intense vanilla sweetness, pot still spiciness and nutty notes.

Irish Distillers also won the highest recognition for Irish whiskey at the ISC, after being crowned Irish Whiskey Producer of the Year at the esteemed awards ceremony. The result follows a stellar year at the competition for Midleton Distillery which saw its expressions receive an outstanding 28 medals, including three Double Golds.

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.

The expression uses a blend of ‘small batch’ grain and traditional pot still Irish Whiskey, which is distilled just once a year at the Midleton distillery in Cork, it is matured in a combination of American oak, sherry casks and double-charred bourbon barrels.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Sherry and pot still fruitiness, some candied citrus fruit there also, vanilla toffee and a wee touch of spice.

Taste:  Sweet creamy vanilla coated in pot still spices, coconut, burnt raisins, a little nutty, a little lemon citrus.

Finish: Deliciously long, sherried fruit and spice fade leaving lovely oak spice.

Comment: An outstanding Irish blended whiskey, loads going on from the contributions made from the grain and pot still whiskeys as well as American oak, sherry casks and double-charred bourbon barrels. A delicious dram.

SMW Blended Whisky Score 93/100

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