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Jameson Black Barrel

The name of this 40% expression comes from heavily charred oak barrels used in the process.   The nose is fruity and sweet, with toasted pineapple and vanilla.  The mouth feel is very smooth and sweet with notes of butterscotch, floral honey, vanilla custard and toasted nut notes.    The finish has some chilli peppers and bitter lemon peel and dries out.  With some water it thins out and mouthfeel gets a little less creamy.   Lots of classic bourbon and oak notes which is what they were going for.

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  • Friday, 25 November 2011 20:26

    My First (and worst) Whisky Joke

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    As it is the holiday season in the USA I thought I would post my first whisky joke.  I will see how many I can come up (or steal) as I develop this site.

    Knock, Knock.   Who's there?  Knocked.  Knocked who?  That's right, Knockdhu distillery, the makers of AnCnoc.

    If you can do better then please email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or enter as a comment on the Blog tab.  Happy holidays.

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    Balvenie 30 year old

    I was a bit underwhelmed by this one.  For the price (which is high) and the fact it is a Balvenie I had high expectations but on the night I tried this for the first time I would say it wasn't even my favorite whisky of the night and it certainly isn't my favorite Balvenie.  The nose was quite modest but still had the Balvenie honey note and the wood was also present.  The taste was smooth had some chocolate, but again the wood for me was dominant with lots spices, oak and even smoke, almost like a mulled wine.  Powerful and rich, and a whisky that showcases what 30 years in wood can do, whether you like that is a matter of personal taste.  For me at least, Balvenie's spirit is better presented in other expressions.