Today's post is brought to you by Jameson & Christopher:
Saturday afternoon, after we ran the 5k in Malahide Park, we had set aside enough time to either visit the Guiness Brewery or the Old Jameson Distillery. Obviously, if you read the title of this post, or have ever met me, you'll know I chose the Jameson distillery.
Now, I did my research on this tour and found out it is called the Old Jameson Distillery because it is actually just a museum. Even though it's not a functioning distillery anymore, it is still very authentic, they even had one of the original stone mills. We were assured if we touched it 3 times we would have good luck for the next 10 years.
One of the things I found most interesting was the aging process of the whiskey. Normal Jameson Whiskey is aged 5-7 years in oak barrels, in the aging process it absorbs the natural flavors of the wood but as time goes on the whiskey slowly evaporates. This is part of the reason that aged whiskey is so expensive. After about 30 years more than half of it has evaporated, but now the full flavor of the wood has been transferred into the whiskey. The part that evaporates is known as the "angels' share." I guess there are some happy angels in Dublin!
Once we were told this, they obviously tried to sell us the most expensive and best reviewed whiskey that Jameson makes, Midleton Very Rare http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midleton_Very_Rare. Now it was on to the whiskey tasting, 8 of us were chosen and since I read all the reviews of the tour before hand I knew right when they would ask for volunteers, so I nonchalantly positioned myself right upfront and center when the moment came.
When it was time to taste the whiskey they brought the chosen volunteers in front of the whole group and gave us 3 shots: Johnny Walker Black Label, Jameson, and Jack Daniels. It was a guided tasting, so they told us the flavors to look for as we sniffed and held the whiskey in our mouths for 5 seconds. Obviously you all know the declared winner.... Jameson!
(But shhh the real winner was Johnny Walker Black Label. Don't tell them I said that)