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Jameson Select Reserve Irish Whiskey, Ireland


Carried only in a few foreign markets, Canada and the northeastern United States among them, this is a new premium offering from the big kahuna of Irish whiskey. It's labelled "small batch," golden words that are the distilling analogue to "craft brewed." A large component of pot-still barley makes it into the blend for a fuller, more robust flavour than is typical of Irish whiskey. It's sumptuously rich, oily and nutty, with dried fruit and honey mingling with toasted grain, caramel, vanilla and spices. Drink it neat or with a splash of H2O, but I'd fight the temptation to run it aground on the rocks; you'll want to savour the aromatic complexity that comes with room temperature. For the money, it's an attractive alternative to Scottish single malt. $54.49 in B.C., $49.33 in Manitoba, $50 in Quebec, $49.99 in New Brunswick, $54.99 in Nova Scotia, $50.69 in Newfoundland.

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More


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