Snoof says on July 29, 2023
Sláinte to Barry, sláinte to Midleton, and sláinte to whiskey, no matter how you spell it.
Unofficially, roughly, my 250th whiskey sampled… So it seems appropriate to try something special from the distillery that gave a rebirth to my interest in whiskey, with or without an ‘e’… Midleton. Jameson Caskmates was the beginning, but this whiskey will not be my last… Anyway, enough of the dramatics and on to the nosing… Rich, sort of unsurprisingly! A sparkling, sweet, honey-filled feel immediately. There’s apple here, caramel, vanilla from the oak and it’s almost like a Scotch in places, strangely… It may be the soft yet sweet fruit that feels a little Speyside.
A heady rush with spice accompanying that feels like one of the Jameson special releases, like Blender’s Dog or Cooper’s Croze, with caramel there and weighty vanilla followed by more honey and sugars. It’s a whiskey very much from the aforementioned canon, creamy and with some fruit arriving with barley. Maybe orange peel, but perhaps even toasted. Peach melba and more creaminess, and the spice balances out (cinnamon?) rather than dominates as it did on the first sip.
Long and spicy, with light caramel, stronger custardy vanillin and something like toffee at the end. I know some reviews give lots of tropical fruit flavours, but I don’t really get that, maybe the tobacco some reviews speak of, but then that’s the beauty of good whiskey: people find their own flavours, and their own way to 250 and more whiskies tried, as I now have… Happily. 😊 Slainte!