I’ve been getting more into Irish Whiskey after enjoying a few different options that Jameson put out. Of course Bushmills isn’t Jameson, and that shows to two major ways. The first is price point. Bushmills is half what Jameson costs. That is a good thing. The second is taste and mouth feel, and there is where you know you saved some money. Bushmills tastes thing to me and has a slight aftertaste on the back of my tongue that I don’t find appealing. My honest advice is to spend a little more, or buy this to make mixed drinks. As a sipping whiskey it is a little rough around the edges, which earned this Irish Whiskey a 62/100.
- Available pretty much everywhere.
- Good if you like to pour some whiskey in your coffee or make other mixed drinks.
- Not as refined as some options which are just a few dollars more.
- Leaves an odd taste on the back of the tongue.
I saw this Jameson Black Barrel and it called to me. Why am I using a stock photo? Because I polished off this bottle and forget to take a picture. That should tell you something about the quality of this whiskey. It is very easy to sip and goes with just about any meal, earning this Black Barrel a very respectable 81/100.
- Opens with rich and complex fruit and caramel that wash over the palate.
- Finishes with warm spice and hints of the aging barrels.
- Just a tiny bit rough on the first sip until a few drops of water opens it up.
Years ago I had a glass at Tullamore Dew at a friends house. This was long before I started to really enjoy bourbon, but I remembered it fondly, it was one of the first whiskeys that I drank straight that I actually enjoyed.
How has Tullamore Dew held up to twenty years of memory?
It’s not bad.
That’s not a great way to rate something is it though?
It is a little thin on the palate, and the back of my tongue gets hit with a little astringency that I associate with cheaper whiskeys.
If you have a bottle and offer me a glass I’ll take it over Jack any day, but if you have other bottles, I’m definitely going to look for something I like more. For the price, I’d go for Stillhouse Black Bourbon, its a few bucks cheaper, and much better on the tongue.
So how does Tullamore Dew rank? I’m giving it a 63/100. Like I said, it’s not bad, it’s just not great either.
- There are better options, even at this $25 price point.
I first tried Jameson Blender’s Dog last month, but I was honestly a bit hungover. That hangover kept me from really appreciating how smooth Jameson Blender’s Dog really is.
I took a second sip (or twenty) today and have to say that Blender’s Dog is well worth the money. I’m upping my rating to 82/100 and will be keeping a bottle on my shelf as a go to bottle from here on out.
I’ve bought the vast majority of bourbons from my local liquor store, which is admittedly not that big, so I’m expanding into the Irish Whiskey section, where is where this bottle of Jameson Blender’s Dog found its way into my hands.
How did I actually pick it? The lady next to me in aisle grabbed a bottle and I asked her if it was good. She said she had no idea, but it was all her dad would drink, so I figured I’d give it a try.
How is it? This is an easy whiskey to drink. It is smooth and sweet, and has just the right amount of vanilla and cinnamon. It is almost delicate.
It is so good that I almost feel bad giving it 73/100, and I may have to revisit that in the future. I’m honestly a little hungover from a get together last night, and it might be impacting how much I can enjoy this find Irish Whiskey at the moment.
- Light, sweet butterscotch notes mixed with cinnamon and honey.
- Easy to find.
- A bit pricey.
- Better than Proper Twelve, but maybe not $40 better
I’m a huge fan of bourbon, but I live in the boonies and sometimes it is hard to find new bottles to try. Lucky for me this emerald green bottle of Proper Twelve Irish Whiskey caught my eye and ended up coming home with me.
I had no idea when I bought the bottle that it was Conor McGregor’s entry into the Irish Whiskey world or that it was named after his hometown, which has a postal code of 12.
The honest truth is that I wouldn’t have bought the bottle if I knew that. I tend to stay away from “celebrity” brands as I feel like you pay for the name versus the quality.
In this case, that would have been a mistake. My bottle of Proper Twelve was actually quite enjoyable. As a lover of bourbon, I don’t try many Irish Whiskeys, but I did enjoy Proper Twelve and will keep a bottle on my shelf. It had a nice mouth feel, a flavor that reminded me of a nice red wine and bourbon, but in a good way.
I read some less than positive reviews of Proper Twelve, but I think they may just be Irish Whiskey Snobs to be honest with you. They saw Conor McGregor’s name and fell for the same thinking I am sometimes limited by – discounting any product that has a celebrities name attached to it. For me Proper Twelve is a great budget bottle of whiskey and earned a respectable score of 71/100.
- If you drink enough you can see leprechauns.
- Has an enjoyable mouth feel with a rich flavors that reminded me of red wine and bourbon.
- May get discounted because it is a “celebrity” branded bottle.
- It’s not a bourbon, but you can only hold that against it so much.
- May make you speak with an Irish Brogue.
I have to be honest, I don’t usually find any whiskey that I like that ins’t a Bourbon. My palate just doesn’t find anything with smoke enjoyable, and that rules out pretty much every scotch and many other types of whiskeys for me.
Recently I was travelling in upstate New York and the liquor store didn’t have a great selection of Bourbon, but did have this Irish Single Malt Teeling Whiskey.
I picked it up on a whim, and was quite happy with the way it turned out.
Overall Teeling’s scored a 70/100 and I’ll be looking for another bottle because this one is almost gone.
- Smooth and silky after it opens up over ice.
- Light and buttery flavor.
- Finishes with a creamy smoothness.
- Moderately priced.
- For me this is a hard to find bottle. My local stores don’t carry Teelings.