This special edition Jameson 12 year old is from the 1780 range which was discontinued in the early 2000s. The name of the release is derived from the founding date of Jameson’s original distillery in Dublin and the whiskey itself is full of the signature tastes one would expect from a premium Jameson. Thus, one can expect a mild and silky palate with notes of honey and caramel with slight hints of spice, though not as much as its distillery-mate Powers 12 year, for example.
Though the age statement is 12 Years, this is a blend of single pot stills and lesser amounts of grain, like all Jameson whiskey, so the youngest whiskey involved in the mix is 12 years but it could also contain aged whiskey up to 17 years old. As the “1780” label and distinctive bottle design has been put out to pasture for more than a decade, these bottles of previously middle shelf whiskey are fast becoming collector’s items while also offering a handy taste comparison of how Jameson’s blending has evolved over time.