Jameson 12 Year Old
Special Reserve

70cl / 40%
  • Blended Irish Whiskey
Jameson 12 Year Old / Special Reserve
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Formerly known as '1780' in reference to the year the original Jameson distillery in Bow Street, Dublin, was founded, this has recently been relaunched as 'Special Reserve'. A smooth, spicy, sweet potstill-based blend.
12 Year Old

Jameson 12 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Producer's Tasting Notes

    Jameson 12 Year Old Special Reserve, with its robust full bodied flavour, is a warm welcoming handshake into the Reserves whiskey family. Originally known as '1780' after the year of foundation of the Jameson distillery in Dublin's Bow Street, it was renamed in 2002 to reflect its minimum 12 years of maturing in bourbon and most delectably in oloroso sherry casks.

    With its infusion of pot still with sherry casks, these brush strokes of distilling artistry make it the best known and most popular aged Jameson Reserve for any discerning palate.

    Jameson 12 Year Old Special Reserve is a whiskey of great character with complex flavours of toasted wood, spice and sherry that are superbly mellowed. Its exquisite taste celebrates the enduring heritage of great Jameson whiskeys which began in 1780.

31 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    23 November 2018

    Not a big whisky drinker but love this particular whisky. It is the only one I drink if I can help it.

  • 3
    5 December 2016

    I really love the taste of this whiskey. I have three bottles set aside for very special occasions. It is snowing for the first time this year (2016) and I am sipping on a small glass. I consider the first snow as a special occasion.

  • 2
    6 August 2016

    Nah. Not for me . Don't mind a Jameson drop when I'm out n about but got a bottle of this on a trip to Dublin. I'll stick to single malts from now on . Not a fan at all . It's smooth n buttery on the tounge and certainly ok however I wouldn't rush after another bottle. It's nice but it's not one to put away for a special occasion like some whiskeys I've tried. I'd have it again yes, but I'm in no hurry.

  • 5
    14 May 2016

    Not easie to find , but excelent !

  • 5
    18 March 2015

    Smooth and delicious

  • 4
    10 March 2015

    Great taste, smooth. Will definitely buy whenever I find it.

  • Les in Bryan, TX 22 December 2013

    A friend brought me a bottle of this back from a trip to London last summer. Since I am a regular drinker of std. Jameson, I was taken aback by this excellent blend. The whiskey is slightly darker than std. Jameson and the palate is brighter with a delicious aftertaste lingering for quite some time.

  • Ricardo, South Africa '13 18 October 2013

    Best Whiskey I have tasted my best friend and shared a bottle and in one sitting. We enjoyed it thoroughly!!

  • Juergen - Netherlands 2 January 2013

    Excellent, excellent, excellent. A bit more dry Sherry notes come through, this is standard Jameson amplified.

  • Jim, 1st May 2012 1 May 2012

    I had this Whiskey at a tasting while at Jameson's Distillery. The 12 year Special Reserve is excellent, very highly recommended!!!

  • Jason Morrell 7 January 2012

    Had a litre bought for me for Xmas from my In-laws who are now my favourite people in the world! Totally stunning Whisky and shall be bought again and again. If you enjoy this you will also enjoy the Dalmore 12yr old as well.

  • Mike, Dublin 12 July 2011

    Great Irish blend. Very smooth, with lots of sherry and a little cocoa and spice on the finish. Far superior to the standard Jameson. Well worth the price.

  • Anonymous 13 June 2011

    a decent cheap whiskey - only 3£ more for this than the "normal" jamesonA smooth taste and easy on the lips, not a long aftertaste. a lot of different tastes. contrary to the single malt, it has no smokey flavor because of the no smoke giving manufacturing.good at price

  • stewie ramone 5 February 2011

    a fantastic whiskey. get a hint of peach with this. will never stop drinking this.

  • kari 21 January 2011

    the elixer of life

  • Dave from Wisconsin, USA 25 November 2010

    I'm having a Jameson 12, with a splash, as I'm typing this review... One of my very favorites... Along with American bourbon, such as Makers 46, this product is HIGH on my list of drinkable whiskys. VERY highly recommended, as it's great neat, on the rocks, or with a splash of Ginger Ale. I've tasted allot of whiskys in my day, and this is by far one of the best for the buck.

  • Jason's Scotch Whisky Reviews 20 November 2010

    Palate (undiluted): Delightful interplay between some citrus, sweet milk chocolate and hazelnut notes. Malty too. Silken texture. No jagged edges here. Nicely refined. You can taste the evolution from the uninspiring standard, bottom shelf (no age statement) Jameson into something pleasant. 12 years of aging makes a difference. There is a spiced buzz of sherry, cherries and other red fruit that gives the flavor profile some complexity too.

  • Sven The Svedish Chef 8 October 2010

    My favourite tipple to date was the pub-perennial J and B. Alongside it in my fridge (I like 'em cool, to avoid using too much ice, when I use ice) is now the Jamesons 12 Year Special Reserve. I must admit there are times I can't decide which to open!(A good excuse to have a finger of each!)

  • Anonymous 5 October 2010

    This 12-y/o version of Jameson is a great Irish whiskey. You can sense your standard Jameson in there for sure, but it's more complex. There's more to it. The sherry cask influence is very easy to recognize. It's like your normal Jameson with a sherry coating, but there is also some wooden notes. Sweetness and richness too. I tried a 5cl bottle, but I'll definitely buy a whole bottle at some point :)

  • Anonymous 29 June 2010

    i love jameson.Kenyan fan

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