I actually picked up this bottle of Jameson IPA Edition the first time I went to find Jameson Orange. The Jameson Orange was already gone, so I picked up this IPA Edition as a consolation prize.
The Jameson IPA Edition is finished in IPA beer barrels for a crisp, hoppy finish that puts a nice citrus twist on the classic Jameson offering.
The nose has a very distinct citrus and hoppy scent that fades into classic Jameson at the end.
Those hoppy, citrus notes continue right on into the tasting. The front of my tongue gets all classic Jameson, but as soon as the sip reaches mid tongue I pick up citrus that turns to a very pronounced hops on the finish.
For me it is a nice change up over classic Jameson, which is my go to Irish Whiskey for budget sipping, but I’d say its not better or worse. It is just as good, just different, which means this Jameson IPA Edition is scoring an 80/100.
If you like IPAs, you will love this rendition of Jameson.
Nice twist on classic Jameson.
Great training for new drinkers as the nose isn’t too subtle. If you compare this to standard Jameson it is easy to pick out the differences, even for new drinkers.
If you are not a fan of IPAs, you might not like the citrus, hoppy finish on this sipper.
Natterjack Irish Whiskey is a blended, triple distilled whiskey from Gortinore Distillery in Dublin Ireland. I have to be honest, even if it was bourbon, I was picking up this bottle because of the distinctive Toad label.
Even the cork has the image pressed into it. Now onto the testing.
The nose is hard to describe. Is it acid and leather I’m smelling? I’ve appreciated this note in other blends, and it is not something that I’m overly fond of.
That acid and leather came right through on the first sip. The front and mid tongue appreciate sweetness that quickly turns to leather and funk on the swallow. That cost Natterjack big points. I’m giving Natterjack a 35/100, putting it just into the Mixed Drinks Only territory.
For this price, I could buy almost two bottles of Paddies, and that is a much better sip compared to this bottle.
New Irish Whiskey offerings are few and far between.
Tullamore Dew is always a safe bet. If I’m not sure what I want, I now a bit of Tullamore Dew, regardless of the type will be good straight up or over the rocks, and since I’m on a journey to try every whiskey that Tullamore offers, I picked up this Tullamore Dew Rum Cask Finish Irish Whiskey when I saw it.
So far this is my Tullamore Collection:
The color of this Tullamore Dew Rum Cask Finish is a deep straw color.
The nose is sweet with a bit of ethanol. It is nice, but not overly complex.
The mouth feel is fresh and clean and the flavor really changes as it moves over the tongue. The front of the tongue is all sweet vanilla that transitions into very soft butter cookies on the mid tongue and then fishes with oak and rum. The finish is really where the time in the rum casks really shines.
This Tullamore Dew Rum Cask Finish really shines as a smooth, affordable sipper. This is a very Sip Worthy offering and scored a 72/100. It is not overly complex, but it is very tasty, and worth the $30 to $35 that I’ve found it at.
Pops McCann is available in a small number of states at the moment and offers several different offerings. I actually picked it up by accident because the little liquor store I found it in had put it with the Irish Whiskey and I thought I’d found a new Irish Whiskey offering.
At least I’m 99% sure it’s not Irish Whiskey based on my reading of Irish distilling laws. Those laws state:
Must be distilled in Ireland
Must be aged for a minimum of 3 years in Ireland
Must be aged in barrels.
Based on my reading of how they make Pop’s McCcann Whiskey it is distilled in Dundalk, County Louth and shipped to Michigan in vats, called totes. Once in the states it is bottled, labelled, and shipped to a few select states. It says it is finished in Bourbon barrels but there is no age statement, and the bottle says “…Recipe of Irish Tradition & Heritage”.
Please correct me if I’m wrong in the comments, but this isn’t Irish Whiskey.
Okay, so now that I’m done with the research, let’s crack it open and try it.
The first thing of note is that this is a very light straw color.
The nose is also very light and mostly alcohol. It’s not strong, but it is also not that memorable. There is something there that hints at some Irish heritage, but to me the nose is more Corn Whiskey than Irish Whiskey.
That mix of flavors continues on the sip and just kind of slides from the front to the back without changing or shifting. It is kind of a one note flavor. I can taste some of that Irish Whiskey heritage (maybe) but for the life of me this tastes like Titos’s Vodka, which is really just corn whiskey as far as I’m concerned.
At the end of the day I didn’t really enjoy this Pops’s McCann Whiskey and I’m sad to say I think this is a bottle to go Down The Drain as it scored just a 29/100.
It’s not widely available, and I like to try new things.
The flavor’s were a mix of American and Irish and they just didn’t work for me.
This is did not sit well in my stomach.
I wasted $35 bucks on a bottle I only got two drams out of before I couldn’t take it anymore.
Whenever I see a new Irish Whiskey, I grab it, even if it is only $25 bucks, which is how I ended up with this John L. Sullivan Irish Whiskey. The marketing team went all out, making this boxer inspired bottle “The Sporting Man’s Whiskey”.
The nose on John L. Sullivan Irish Whiskey hints at malt but its subtle and is mixed with a bit of ethanol.
The first sip has a few rough edges, but it also has a nice muted malt on the mid tongue that turns to Granny Smith apples and vanilla oak that slides into its finish.
There are rough edges, and the nose and flavors are relatively basic, on the other hand this is a dirt cheap bottle and does sip easily. That is giving this points on the value side, offsetting some of the rough edges, which is why John L. Sullivan Irish Whiskey earned a 72/100 and I will grab another bottle when I see it. It’s not going in my Whiskey Safe, but for those times when I’m watching a bad movie and eating pizza, this is a great Budget Whiskey.
Great value for the dollar.
There are a few rough edges, but at this price what do you expect?
Stillhouse Black Bourbon scored a 61/100 after I recently re-reviewed it with a good bit more Whiskey Dreams knowledge under my belt. So now that Stillhouse Black Bourbon is in Mixed Drink Only territory, how does it stand up as a Manhattan?
The nose on this Stillhouse Black Bourbon Manhattan is all sweet fruity vermouth. Whatever nose the Stillhouse had is completely overwhelmed by the vermouth.
This Stillhouse Black Bourbon makes an odd Manhattan. At first I didn’t like how the astringency mixed with the sweetness of the vermouth, and it leaves an odd lingering taste on my mid tongue, but the more I sipped it, the less it bothered me – but that was probably the alcohol. I really struggled with whether this was a 51, making it Sip Worthy, or if it was a 50, making it Just Bad.
At the end of they day I’m going to settle on 50/100, making this Just Bad. My main reason being that I’d rather drink this whiskey straight than make a Manhattan with it, even if its not perfect there either.
Ha’Penny is a blended Irish Whiskey that has been aged in sherry, bourbon, and twice charred casks. Ha’Penny is bottled at 43% ABV (86°) by the Pearse Lyons Distillery and was $25 dollars. For those who aren’t in the know, a Ha’Penny is a half penny and the modern version was last used in Ireland in 1986.
The nose is sweet, peppery, and ends on a bit of malt and rough edges.
The mouth feel is clean and the front of the tongue is sweet fruit that transitions to malt on the middle of the tongue before finishing with pepper and a few jagged edges.
For $25 bucks this is a decent value, but at the end of the day I’m only able to give it a 64/100, putting it into Mixed Drinks Only territory due to its roughness and lack of overall balance. However, for $25 its worth trying, so let me know if you disagree with the score in the comments.
Has some nice complexity, even if it is paired with a bit of edge.
Could have been so much more, but the rough edges cost this whiskey major points.
Fighting 69th is a blended Irish Whiskey aged 3 years in bourbon, sherry, rum, and port casks. Apparently the Fighting 69th was named during the Civil war. There was an Irish Brigade, and the Fighting 69th unit was named by Robert E Lee, or at least that is what the history books say. Does that make me feel comfortable – nope, not at all. Racism, and that is what the civil war was about, is a stain on our history. Granted, the Fighting 69th continued to fight for our country long after the civil war.
The nose has sweetness, malt, with just a touch of ethanol hiding beneath those notes. It is not overly complex, but it is enjoyable.
The mouth feel is clean and the first thing that hits me is the sweet butter cookies that hints at the time spent in the rum barrels. The mid tongue and finish are oak, char that transitions to dry fruity sherry as it finishes. For what I would describe as a budget bottle, this is an Irish Whiskey that punches way above its weight class.
Fighting 69th scored an 86/100 and made its way into my Whiskey Safe, as I am going to keep a bottle on hand for “Emergencies”. Fighting 69th is an amazing value when you compare what you get to the price. It has hints at that lovely butter cookies of much more expensive bottles, and while it doesn’t get close to competing with the big boys like Redbreast 12, this is just such an enjoyable, affordable bottle, it should be on every whisky lovers’ shelf.
At the $30 price point this is quality and value combined in a really nice package.
This is the first bottle of whiskey that any of my sons enjoyed enough to go buy a bottle.
Great nose and mouth feel that turns into a very nice sipper.
It’s named after a unit that was named fighting for slavery. It it just me or does that not bother anyone else? Granted, they continued to fight for our country long after that, but it does nag at me.
The mouth feel is clean and the front of my tongue is hit by malt that transitions to sweet honey and just a touch of butter cookies. The finish is a pleasant sweetness mixed with the charred oak from the bourbon barrels which imparts a bit of spice, and just a little bit of roughness.
This Dubliner Bourbon Cask Finish is a wonderful blended whiskey that really captures the best of a single malt pot still while optimized for this specific price point, which it does really well. Dubliner Bourbon Cask Finish scored a well deserved 80/100, making it Sip Worthy.
At under $35 a bottle, this is a great buy.
A wonderful blended whiskey. The distiller struck gold with this recipe.