Today you get a treat, a whiskey double header. First up is Jameson 18, which was a lovely gift. The first thing I noticed was the spicy flavor. This has the same underlying flavor of Jameson, but a big oakey spicy flavor on top. I think it is a good, smooth whiskey but with a big flavor. Not mellow at all, which is not necessarily a bad thing. I like the packaging a lot too, even though that is somewhat ancillary. What matters is the liquid in the bottle. It is definitely a different take on Jameson from the regular stuff, the 12, or the Gold. In fact I'd say that Jameson Gold has the mellow flavor I expected from Jameson 18, and Jameson 18 the spicy fire I expected the virgin oak in Jameson Gold to impart.
The strap is held on top by a small Jameson logo magnet. When this bottle is finished years from now I will surely cut that magnet off and wear it as a pin of some sort. Why not? Would I just throw it away?
A fine whiskey with a big, spicy, oakey flavor.
Next up is Origine Irish whiskey. I was intrigued by the claims to being a small batch whiskey. However, I found it to have a sour flavor. The sourness started before I even swallowed. To be honest I don't really like Origine at all. I mean I don't know if I will finish this stuff. Maybe I'll mix it with Diet Coke, but I just don't care for the flavor. I wish I would have bought another bottle of Old Fitzgerald instead.
So there it is, my new least favorite Irish whiskey.
Quite the ceremony of opposites, I'd say.