When it comes to Jameson’s, "Black Barrel" means something different.
Back in the late 1700’s Ireland, there was one powerful distilling family in two branches — the Haigs and the Steins. John Jameson was originally from Scotland, but married into the Haig family and moved to Dublin 1777 where he was put in charge of the new Bow Street Distillery which was founded in 1780. After working hard for years, he eventually acquired the entire operation in 1810, and the Jameson & Son Distillery Company was born. Since then Jameson has become the most recognizable and best-selling Irish Whiskey in the world with a wide-ranging product line delivering over 56 million bottles of golden Irish nectar each year.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again… when the Whiskey-drinking world thinks of Irish Whiskey, they think of Jameson’s. It’s not only the largest selling brand of liquid Irish culture, it is the standard by which all others are measured. The core Jameson’s Whiskey spirit comes froma single distillery in Cork, Ireland, but uses a unique mixture of triple-distilled grain and pot-still spirits aged seven years in a combination of ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks. Jameson Black Barrel Irish Whiskey takes the extra step of re-charring the Bourbon casks ("black barrel," get it?). This diminishes the Bourbon influence and adds a more natural, vanilla character.
Smartass Corner: John Jameson used to enjoy sharing a drink and a story with his workers at the end of their work-shift. Jameson’s has always been the working-man’s quality Irish dram and to this day you'll see two barrel men balanced on either side on the bottom of the label.
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Literally uisce beatha (ish ka baja) water of life. I've had the entire family of Jameson. Black Barrel is by far my favorite. This is my go to, neat, sitting by the fire or reading a book. Amazing color. Wonderful flavors
After drinking Black Barrel, I want no other Irish whiskey. It's just so damn smooth and rich. Nice caramel finish too. Always a safe bet. It's my old faithful.
Damn good whiskey!!
I haven't received it. The order was placed May 2nd. What is wrong with this?!
A Jameson fan so I was eager to try Black Barrel. My wife and I both loved it in our mixed drinks just slightly better than regular Jameson. Adds a little extra flavor which makes it just that much better.
One of my favorites.
Started out good but finished with an unpleasant aftertaste that reminded me of under cooked fish.
My all-time favorite Irish whiskey. For the price as well, the double casking makes this ultra-smooth and really has a lot of flavors. An easy grab at the store.
This is a really lovely take from Jameson. Delightfully smooth, yet full of flavour. A personal favourite of mine.
Such a great flavor. Smooth all the way from start to finish.
Smooth up front with a little spice and boldness on the back end
A little more flavor then the standard Jameson, holds up a little better to rocks or cocktails.
If youre a bourbon drinker wanting to try an Irish whiskey, this is the one for you. The charred barrrel results in some bourbon-esque flavors in addition to the stereotypical Irish flavors.
A solid whiskey.
Very good. My usual go to at the bar.
Can’t go wrong with this one.
A very fine whiskey, found it smooth with a pleasant taste and has a welcome hint of spice, might just make it a regular in my home bar.
Great flavor. Smooth and tasty!
Huge Improvement over the standard Jameson. Has some stiff competition at its price range but it isn't blown away by anything. Finding it for around $35 is a good deal for this dram. Good blend of affordability and quality.
This my favorite, love it over the regular Jameson
Decent whisky, but don’t be fooled by the relatively high average rating. Some hollow vanilla and caramel up front immediately followed by slight char flavor. Medium finish that with slight spice. Definitely not an 8, but also not a 4. There are certainly better Irish whiskies under $50. This seems to get its inflated rating for being the commonly available cool uncle of the commonly available Jameson.
Perfectly acceptable for an Irish coffee, but let’s be honest: you bury a whisky under coffee, cream and sugar.
A little phenol in the nose with vanilla. Strong finish, but overall not as much flavor as I was hoping for. Still a strong pour though.
Lovely caramel and nut flavours, slightly smoky finish. Amazing value for money, definitely on par with some much more expensive bottlings from Scotland.
Good, great whiskey sours
The original Jameson taste just got better.
Remarkable smooth with that purely
Irish taste, pour over rocks, sip with enjoyment of the flavor, and be rocking like Barney Stinson
I little unusual Irish whiskey with a small hint of smoke, a little kick, and nice finish. For the price paid is a very good deal.
I enjoyed this bottle, a smooth Irish Whiskey. Look forward to visiting the distillery soon, I hope.
Honey/sweet, nice char and oak flavor, smooth with nice finish
great for the price
To paraphrase Dean Dillon. ‘Smooth as Jameson’s whisky’.
Good but the one you can bottle in Dublin is way better version.
Very earthy and smoky. My go to daily drinking whiskey. Also great to cook with.
Enjoyable Irish. More complex taste than most Irish
Smooth. Still Jameson and still great
Lighter proof. Usually drink a decent amount in party setting.
Amazing sweetness flawless flavour with just enough warmth to give a nice glow.
Such a good everyday drinker. One of my favorites from Jameson.
I love regular ole Jameson, but this adds a smooth little kick to my happiness level.
Great favor meat or on the rocks.
Wonderful stuff, very smooth
I was misinformed about the finishing process. I was in Dublin after having a Guinness when the bar tender told me that this whiskey was finished in Guinness barrels. So I tried it. Still today I get a Guinness finish when drinking this neat. If you like beer, you’ll love this!
Very pleasant and easy drinking, if somewhat lacking in depth of character.
I really enjoyed this whiskey. It has a Caramel and vanilla flavor and it smells like a campfire.
Great blend, very smooth
I was never a whiskey drinker, but this is the one that brought me to the dark side. The taste is smooth and not at all overwhelming to me. I can honestly say I enjoy sipping on this regardless of where I am.
Very nice for an Irish whiskey, would buy again
Smooth, with just a hint of smoke.
Would definitely buy again, probably where quality meats affordability in the Irish section. Lovely sweetness, not sickly. Green fruits but refined. Will never buy regular Jameson as the extra ten bucks makes a big difference.
Extremely smooth with a very pleasant aftertaste
Love the rich taste from this Jameson.
My “go to” Jameson after a long days work! With or without ginger ale goes down smooth and refreshing.
Like a good stout beer like Guiness but whisky
Nose: muted nose, some spice, some oak, some citrus, grains
Taste: oak, some honey, hint of smoke,
This is my go to whiskey.
Fairly smooth for the price point, wouldn't mind it again.
One of my go to’s. Great in the rocks or mixed with some Ginger ale
It's fine. Kind of boring, but in a good way? A solid go-to choice. Although for my money, Powers Gold Label is the better every day Irish dram, but to each their own!
A go to favorite.
Easy, simple, great!
I love this one to drink straight, it finishes with a stronger kick than traditional Jameson but doesn’t burn in the throat
Carmel and Vanilla notes with a little Smokey aftertaste. One of our favorites.
Would stand this up to some $80-$90 bottles. It is very good.
One of my favorites
Favorite Jameson line
A touch better than the regular Jameson
Best Jameson for the price
Great taste with no smoke.
Tasty and smooth. If you’re a fan of Jameson, you’ll love this one.
Can’t beat the taste for the price. Wonderful aroma and so silky smooth
One of the best Irish Whisky’s for the price
No knowledge, just like the easy flavor as I drink it. Not harsh at all, fairly smooth and enjoyable.
This bottle of Jameson has really stuck out. So smooth in fact that ever time I open one, I come close to finishing it. So much better than the Jameson Caskmates or any other Irish whiskey I have tried to date.
Smoooooth yet tocuh of a sweetness mixed with spice. But the sweetness follows the spice. It’s fefin a means of being able to ebhoNce the differ palates for beginners die to the distinctive profiles.
Just an absolute treasure, smooth, rich, sweet and bitey.
Great go-to whiskey.
Fantastic Carmel and vanilla flavors. Enjoyed it neat, slightly chilled. Priced right.
So nice...especially for the price
This is one of my favorite Irish Whiskeys. The subtle tones of caramel and oak are accented by a faint smoke and spice. There is no bitter burn with this whiskey and it is in my opinion best on the rocks after a few minutes chill.
This may be my favorite of the affordable Jameson line. It has a very smooth taste.
Currently the drink i like the most
Excellent balance. Easy to drink.
This whiskey tastes more caramelized than normal Jameson, and it goes great in Irish Coffees.
Between the regular and the 18 yr.
P first Strong
Smoky very smooth
Very good and smooth, really enjoyed the smooth smokey finish.....
Very yummy Irish Whiskey
Yummy in my tummy
Perfect, well balanced. Delicious apple flavor. The best Irish Whiskey. Makes great Irish Coffee. Outstanding. The double charge brings out the flavors.
Surprisingly good - one of the better Jamesons in my opinion.
This stuff is scary good. Not much else to say.
Clearly a Jameson aged in a fresh charred barrel. The triple distilled approach to a american style bourbon is interesting and worth trying but is nothing to write home about.
A nice and smooth whiskey. Complex enough to really get into it, but not to complicated either.
Strong selection!! Cheers!
So good. So smooth. Always love it.
Another fine product by Jameson.
Very slight char but very smooth. Nice caramel finish.
One of my personal favorites especially for the price
Very smooth with amazing hints of other flavors. Not sure if it's still stands true, but the company that owns Jameson also owns Bushmill's.
I'll order this again. The smoothest Jameson I've tried so far
I find Jameson to be a bit rough compared to Bushmills
Robust and smooth
The discussion is of Jameson Black Barrel; however, the bottle pictured above is Black Barrel Select Reserve...two entirely different whiskeys. Apparently Jameson does not make the Select Reserve any more...you can't find it...and tries to pass off the Black Barrel as the same product. It is not! The Select Reserve is the smoothest whiskey I ever tasted...the Black Barrel tastes nothing like it. I emailed Jameson to ask why they quit making it...they never answered.
A surprise to me that I could enjoy Jameson anything, but I really do enjoy this bottle.
I purchased this as a gift for my son and he absolutely loves it!
I love this stuff
Love it. Great taste.
A sweet honey taste at first, but a pretty boozy after taste. Much better after the ice melted a little bit.
My favorite Irish Whiskey. Period.
Very smooth. Nice finish
I bought this whiskey for a cocktail. I infused it with nettle tea. I wouldn’t drink this one straight.
A great sipping drink.
Not as smooth as standard fare Jameson, but the vanilla was a nice touch.
At first, I was not sure i was going to like this. Black Barrel usually doesn't mean much to me - however, to me - this really redefines what I think of Jameson.
I found the tasting notes to be spot on and this works so well with mulled cider, it melted into the background perfectly.
I will certainly get another bottle!
I don't enjoy the original Jameson as much as this one, and my tastes run to either liking a smooth or a peaty whiskey. pretty much nothing in between excites me. The butterscotch/vanilla with the currant finish got me.
Extremely smooth and delicious.
I think its much smoother than regular Jameson. Great taste!
This absolutely surprised me. I dislike original Jameson and this was amazing. That big butterscotch right upfront stole my heart. Automatic bottle purchase.
Stays in the front of your mouth longer than caskmates or regular Jameson.
Good with BBQ tri-tip (a specialty around here).
So smooth and a delicious flavor profile.
Jameson & ginger w/ a twist of lime...yea, that'll do!
Very smooth! It's worth the extra bucks for this label. Very creamy texture, great for sipping.
Love this so much. Creamier then the original.
I like it because it's smoother then regular jameson and has good flavor
Notes of Caramel and so smooth
This is my go to for sure. Great tasting very smooth. If your not into whiskey you are missing out. I recommend this for your bar collection.
My go-to!!! Super smooth wonderful taste!!!
Love it. Super smooth taste. Top shelf product. Not to be missed
A great go to whiskey.
My new favorite. So smooth. Great flavor.
Excellent addition to the bar. Definitely a great treat for late nights or a relaxing evening in
This is great for those nights that I need to treat myself to one of the best.
was not delivered please refund
Bombdiggity in the middle of heavy and light smooth and with a great shuttle kick
This one went over BIG with me and my friends ! Everyone loved it.
For a fan of Jameson in the first place, the addition of the charred barrel intensifies the flavors.The smoothness, the flavors are subtly enhanced with the time spent in the charred barrels and gives you, the drinker a flavor boost that lingers on the tongue.
What's there to not love about Jameson. Delicious, relaxing & smooth.
One of my favorites, it has a smooth mellow taste
One of the best so far.
Top of my list for a nice sipping daily, no ice required.
Tried it at the distillery last year and had to leave with a bottle. Bottled it myself out of a freshly opened barrel.