John Jameson 7 Years Old (Bow Street, 1960s)
We’re already halfway my review series of whisky from Dublin’s lost distilleries. How quickly time goes by when you’re having fun 🙂 Time now for another classic, the John Jameson 7 Years Old, distilled at Bow Street Distillery and bottled in the mid-1960s.
The Three Stars are a classic symbol used for John Jameson bottlings. The label also features the line ‘Pure Old, Pot Still’, which was no longer included on labels for whiskey bottled after 1968. There’s also the tagline ‘Not a drop is sold till it’s seven year old’.
John Jameson 7 Years Old (40%, Bow Street Distillery, 1960s)
Nose: Fruit, honey, wax. Wow, first impression is really good. This might be the best I’ve tried so far. Peach, nectarine, apricots, brown sugar, fudge. Oh, yes, this is lovely. Remarkably fresh, even after 40 or 50 years in a bottle.
Taste: The palate continues down the same path, and has a mouth-coating quality. Sweet, dried fruits without being overly sweet. Also candied oranges, toffee, loads of honey, and a whisper of cough syrup. Subtle spices round out the palate.
Finish: Sweet with lingering spices. Long…
The highlight of this series so far, by far the best balanced. A great way to start the new week!
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.