Jameson is a blended Irish whiskey produced by Irish Distillers subsidiary of Pernod Ricard.

John Jameson and Son Irish Whiskey company was formally established in 1810 when John Jameson and his son (also John Jameson) took ownership of the Bow Street Distillery in Dublin which had originally been built by his wife’s cousins Stein 1780. Jameson was a Scottish lawyer from Alloa in Clackmannanshire who had married Margaret Haig, a sister of Haig brothers who owned Haigdestillerier. Margaret Haig was a first cousin of Stein, a Scottish distilling family, even from Clack, with significant interests distilleries in Scotland and Dublin. On his marriage to Margaret Haig John Jameson in 1786 moved with his new wife to Dublin for managing Stein Bow Street Distillery (identified in 1780) Margaret Stein uncle. This explains the use of the year 1780 in Jameson marketing as the Bow Street Distillery was there Jameson Irish Whiskey was born. [1] Portrait of John and Margaret Jameson by Sir Henry Raeburn is in the collection of the National Gallery of Ireland.

Originally one of the six main Dublin whiskey, Jameson is now distilled in Cork. In 2013, sales topped 4.7 million cases (56.4 million bottles). Jameson is by far the best selling Irish whiskey in the world, because it has been sold internationally since the early 19th century. The US is the largest market for the Jameson Whiskey, with consumption in 2013 increased by 12%. [2]

Company history

When John Jameson, a Scottish businessman, [3] became director of the Stein family Bow Street Distillery in 1786, it was producing about 30,000 liters per year. At the turn of the 19th century, it was the second largest producer in Ireland and one of the largest in the world, producing one million liters per year. Dublin at the time was the center of world whiskey production. It was the second most popular spirit in the world after Rome and internationally Jameson had in 1805 become the world’s best whiskey. Today Jameson world’s third largest single distillery whiskey.

Historical events, for a time, now back. The temperance movement in Ireland had a huge impact on the domestic market, but the two important events which influenced Jameson was the Irish War of Independence and subsequent trade war with the British who denied Jameson export markets of the Commonwealth, and shortly thereafter, the introduction of prohibition in the United States. While Scottish brands can easily slide over the Canada-US border, where Jameson excluded from its biggest market for many years.[4]

The introduction of the column still Scottish mixer in the middle of the 19th century enabled increased production to the Irish, still do labor-intensive single pot still whiskey, could not compete with. There was a legal study somewhere in 1908 to deal with the definition of whiskey trade. The Scottish producers won in certain jurisdictions and mixtures was recognized in the law of the jurisdiction in which the whiskey. The Irish in general, and in particular Jameson continued with the traditional pot still production for many years.

1966 John Jameson together with Cork Distillers and John Powers to form the Irish Distillers Group. In 1976, the Dublin Jameson whiskey distillery in Bow Street and Johns Lane closed after the opening of a new Midleton Distillery from Irish Distillers outside Cork. The Midleton Distillery is now producing a large part of the Irish whiskey sold in Ireland over Jameson, Midleton, Powers, Redbreast, Spot and Paddy labels. The new facility adjacent to the Old Midleton Distillery, the original home of Paddy label, which is now home to the Jameson Experience Centre and Irish Whiskey Academy. Jameson brand was acquired by French drinks conglomerate Pernod Ricard in 1988, when it bought Irish Distillers. The Old Jameson Distillery in Bow Street near Smithfield in Dublin now serves as a museum that offers tours and tastings.[5] [6]

In 2008, The Local, an Irish pub in Minneapolis, sold 671 cases of Jameson (22 bottles per day), [7] which makes it the largest server Jameson in the world -. A title that is maintained for four consecutive years [8]


Like the original Jameson Jameson reserves include:

  • Jameson 12 Year Old Special Reserve (Formerly known as Jameson 1780)
  • 12 year old Jameson Distillery Reserve is on their two visitor centers in Ireland and is also available from their online store. [9]
  • Jameson Gold Reserve (the only expression of Jameson using virgin American oak).
  • Jameson 18 year old Limited Reserve
  • Jameson Rare Vintage Reserve (Jameson’s oldest and rarest whiskeys components).
  • Jameson Signature Reserve (exclusive to travel retail and duty-free shops around the world).
  • Jameson Select Reserve Black Barrel (available in limited quantities in the US, known as “Small Batch” outside the US). [10]
  • Jameson Caskmates (finished in stout -seasoned barrels) [11]

The production

Jameson is produced from a mixture of grain whiskey, single malt whiskeys and single pot still whiskey, which uses a mixture of malted and unmalted or “green” Irish barley, all from within a fifty-mile radius around the distillery in Cork. The barley is dried in a closed kiln is fired with natural gas (former anthracite coal). This is in contrast to the traditional method used in some Scottish whiskey distilleries, which fires the furnace with peat which adds a distinctive flavor peat. [12]


Jameson products – in particular its 18 years and its rarest Reserve – valued very highly at international spirit ratings competitions. The 18-year received a series of gold and double gold medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition between 2005 and 2010. [13] The rarest Reserve has won gold and double gold there. Rare Reserve is rated as one of the 20 whiskeys in the world by Proof66. [14]


John Jameson is also the great grandfather of the inventor Guglielmo Marconi. [15]

See also

  • Irish whiskey brands
  • scotch
  • Liquor portal


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  10. Jump up ^ “Jameson Black Barrel Select Reserve ‘. IrishWhiskey.com.Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  11. Jump up ^ “Jameson Caskmates”. Jameson Irish Whiskey. Retrieved 4 August, 2016.
  12. Jump up ^ Stuart McNamara. “A beginners guide to how Irish whiskey is made.”. IrishWhiskey.com. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  13. Jump up ^ “Summary Page for Jameson 18 Year”. Proof66.com. Pulled 10/29/2013.
  14. Jump up ^ “Top 20 Whisky on”. Proof66.com. Pulled 10/29/2013.
  15. Jump up ^ Marconi: the Irish Association, Michael Sexton, Four Courts Press, 2005