Jameson Irish Whiskey
Coordinates: 53°20′54.15″N 6°16′35.61″W / 53.348375°N 6.2765583°W / 53.348375; -6.2765583
|Manufacturer||Irish Distillers (Pernod Ricard)|
|Country of origin||Cork (originally Dublin), Ireland|
|Variants||Crested Ten, 12 Year Old, 18 Year Old, Gold|
|Related products||Paddy, Powers, Tullamore Dew|
Jameson is a single distillery Irish whiskey produced by a division of the French distiller Pernod Ricard. Jameson is similar in its adherence to the single distillery principle to the single malt tradition, but Jameson blends column still spirit with Single pot still whiskey, a combination of malted barley with unmalted or "green" barley distilled in a pot still.
The company was established in 1780 when John Jameson established the Bow Street Distillery in Dublin. Jameson was Scottish, a lawyer from Alloa who had married Margaret Haig, a sister of the brothers who founded the main Haig firms, and related to the Steins, a Scottish distilling family with interests in Dublin. Portraits of John and Margaret Jameson by Sir Henry Raeburn are in the collection of the National Gallery of Ireland.
Originally one of the six main Dublin Whiskeys, Jameson is now distilled in Cork, although vatting still takes place in Dublin. With annual sales of over 31 million bottles, Jameson is by far the best selling Irish whiskey in the world, as it has been sold internationally since the early 19th century when John Jameson along with his son (also named John) was producing more than a million gallons annually.
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