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What the ... does Jameson do there?

By Miguel in Glenlivet , Chivas , Aberlour , Midleton , Random drams

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Well, today we have a bit of mixed feelings, Aberlour and Four Roses with Chivas 18yo and Glenlivet 15yo… and what the fuck… Jameson. Someone drank a bit of here and there before putting these bottles together.

This is how I would taste them…

Jameson Irish Whiskey

Avoid it if you can, but if it is not possible let’s taste it first… it is the most subtle ( bullshit! it is just alcohol) of the five.

“Quite light whiskey, and it is a pity because the palate is, although light, quite interesting”

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Jameson
Jameson is carefully distilled 3 times from the finest barley and crystal clear water and matured for long years in oak casks to produce an exceptionally smooth whiskey.

This dram has a fino-like color.

Nose (79): average. honey, vanilla, citrus, cocoa. Quite light

Palate (82): smooth, powerful. honey, sherry, corn, vanilla, spices, pepper.

Finish (80): short. honey, vanilla.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Jameson with 80 points over 100.

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The Glenlivet 15 years old French Oak Reserve

I would then go for the Glenlivet 15yo. It is a pretty solid whisky with a good amount of wood.

“A nice step over the basic 12 years old Glenlivet and a great nose but the palate is a bit flat, maybe it it were more complex...”

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Glenlivet 15 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisk
A cut above the standard-issue 12yo, Glenlivet 15yo is finished, as the name suggests, in Limousin French Oak (the same kind that is used for many cognacs).

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (90): average. honey, vanilla, malt, peaches, apples, toffeem spices.

Palate (88): powerful, oily. honey, spices, wood, cinnamon, floral, citrus.

Finish (87): longer than average. honey, citrus, spices.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Glenlivet 15 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisk with 88 points over 100.

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Chivas Regal 18 years old

If you like Chivas 12yo… go to the doctor, something is wrong with you. This 18yo has, lucky, nothing to do with its younger sibling. It is not a great whisky but at least it is quite decent. If you can afford, check the Chivas 25 years old because it is something fantastic.

“Not bad at all for a Chivas whisky. I hope they didn't f*** it on the new version they released a few years ago”

87
Chivas Regal 18 year
The premium whisky from Chivas Regal Bros, this 18 years old blended scotch whisky has an important part of Laphroaig in the mix.

Premium aged mix of some of Scotland's finest whiskies with an above-average proportion of malt and an extended ageing period producing a truly fine blend.

Not bad at all for a Chivas whisky, I suggest you to give a try to the single malt Laphroaig or one of the Buchanan's whiskies

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (86): more than average. honey, floral, wood, malt, citrus. Not bad.

Palate (88): powerful, oily. peat, honey, spices, floral, wood, citrus, cocoa. Not bad, not bad at all.

Finish (87): longer than average. floral, honey, wood, spices.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Chivas Regal 18 year with 87 points over 100.

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Four Roses

You won’t imagine that you can such a decent bourbon for this price. For a few bucks more you can get a cask strength version that it is something sensational. I haven’t tasted that one exactly… but you get an idea I suppose.

http://www.awardrobeofwhisky.com/bottle/four-roses-single-barrel

Aberlour A’bunadh Batch 46

An finally the winner of the night… A’bunadh is always a solid bet. You can’t get anything better for the money. You can still buy Batch 46, but unfortunately I haven’t tasted it, so I show you the tasting note of the previous batch, that got a silver medal at Malt Maniacs.

“As usual a pleasure. The biggest surprise with A'Bunadh is that there are no surprises. I love this whisky”

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Aberlour a'Bunadh Batch 45
Batch 45 of Aberlour's popular NAS whisky, A'Bunadh.
Bottled at 60.2% and heavy on the sherry, as always. This is an excellent value-for-money sherry beast!

This dram has a tawny-like color.

Nose (90): more than average. honey, citrus, raisins, wood, vanilla, cinnamon, mango.

Palate (92): powerful, oily. honey, leather, wood, vanilla, tobacco, citrus, cocoa.

Finish (91): longer than average. honey, tobacco, vanilla.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Aberlour a'Bunadh Batch 45 with 91 points over 100.

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Miguel says

My favorite would be the Aberlour and the Glenlivet and I would really recommend Jameson… as a great way of cleaning the glasses before tasting real whisky.

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Verdict: Innocent. Just a fine of £3000 for including that pesky whiskey there.

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