Malt Advocate 95 Points
Jameson's newest premium release. The combination of aging some of the pot still whiskey in port casks, including some older whiskeys (over 20 years old), along with bottling the whiskey at 46% ABV (and not chill-filtered) has helped make this whiskey rich, deep, and complex. This is a silky smooth, lush, multi-faceted whiskey with notes of honeydew melon, nectarine, banana bread, creamy vanilla, chocolate fudge, toffee, warming cinnamon and nutmeg. The port influence marries nicely with robust oak notes, and the grain whiskey component helps to keep it very drinkable. A more intense affair when compared to the "great anytime" 18 year old expression. A classic after dinner Irish whiskey.
Wine Enthusiast 94 Points
Inside the fancy, expensive-looking packaging is a single distillery blend made from the oldest and rarest Jameson reserves. As with many older spirits, this one benefits from extra time in the glass to open up. Then the aromas show a mix of stone fruit and caramel, with dry leather, espresso and dark chocolate flavors evolving into a long burnt-orange and toffee finish. It feels a little hot, best with a dash of ice water.
-March 01, 2012.