Jameson Introduces Black Barrel Proof Irish Whiskey

| October 22, 2021

Just after being named “Best Irish Whiskey” at the 2021 International Spirits Challenge, Jameson is launching a 100-proof, limited edition of its triple-distilled Black Barrel whiskey.

Jameson Black Barrel Proof is made from pot still and grain whiskey matured in a combination of American oak, sherry casks and double charred ex-bourbon barrels to offer what’s described as a deeper flavor experience.

This new expression will be bottled at 50% ABV without chill filtration, which the distillers are said to have found makes a rich, smooth whiskey that showcases the benefit that the tradition of barrel charring can add to one of the world’s leading Irish whiskeys.

Jameson Black Barrel Proof

Jameson Black Barrel Proof (image via Jameson)

“Jameson Black Barrel is a triple distilled blend of our small batch grain and traditional single pot still Irish whiskey and boasts a robust spiciness, with flavors of butterscotch and fudge,” explained Master Distiller Kevin O’Gorman in a prepared statement. “Paying tribute to the cooper’s skill, maturing a portion of our whiskey in double charred barrels brings out sweet and spicy characteristics in abundance as it penetrates deeper into the charred oak.”

He said that, like every family, Jameson is made up of individual characters with their own distinct personalities and that bottling Jameson Black Barrel at a higher strength is a great way to accentuate the characteristics of this whiskey to create a totally new experience for whiskey enthusiasts.

The limited-edition release of Jameson Black Barrel Proof will be available online at JamesonWhiskey.com and via select outlets in Ireland and at the Dublin Airport from early November at a suggested retail price of €60.

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Here are the official Jameson Black Barrel Proof tasting notes as provided by O’Gorman.

  • Nose: Butterscotch sweetness and creamy, toffee, fudge aroma.
  • Taste: Rich smooth taste with a deep intensity and dialled up spicy notes, complemented by vanilla sweetness.
  • Finish: Smooth and rich finish with a hint of vanilla lingering on the palate.
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