Irish Distillers was formed in 1966 following the merger of three of the great Irish Whiskey distillers, namely John Jameson & Sons, established in Dublin in 1780; Powers & Sons, who were founded in Dublin in 1791 and the Cork Distillery whose origins date back to 1825. Though steeped in history, around the time of the merger the future of the Irish Whiskey industry was under doubt. To survive and hopefully prosper, the newly formed company decided there was nothing for it but to close its existing distilleries in Cork and Dublin and consolidate production in a new, purpose-built facility located alongside the site of the old distillery in Midleton, Cork. The relocation eventually heralded in an era of success and growth that continues to this day. In time it also gave the original and historic Jameson and Midleton distilleries a new and exciting lease of life. All the craft of the centuries-old tradition of making Irish whiskey is used to produce Jameson. The introduction of Jameson Deconstructed, a travel retail series. Each of this trio of whiskeys is intended to highlight a prominent aspect of Jameson, and Jameson Round puts the focus on the part enthusiasts are most interested in these days, namely grain.
A white gold coloring. The subtle bouquet carries a softened lemon and lime scent, seasoned by delicate hints of vanilla and a pinch of charcoal. The palate, is quite light, and almost slippery. The crisp, zesty flavor has a refreshing, lemon drop-like quality to it, with very modest notes of honey, vanilla and ginger. The finish is clear, short, and as one might expect for a whiskey so light, not overtly warm. A subtle, but not complex whiskey, exactly what one would expect from a fruity grain whiskey aged in an ex-bourbon barrel.