Brand Focus: Jameson Irish Whiskey

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

The 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 the Steins in 1780. Jameson was a Scottish lawyer from Alloa in Clackmannanshire who had married Margaret Haig, a sister of the Haig brothers who owned the Haig distilleries. Margaret Haig was a first cousin of the Steins, a Scottish distilling family, also from Clackmannanshire, with significant distilling interests in Scotland and Dublin. On his marriage to Margaret Haig in 1786, John Jameson moved with his new wife to Dublin to manage the Stein’s Bow Street Distillery (which had been established in 1780) for Margaret’s Stein uncle. This explains the use of the year 1780 in Jameson marketing as the Bow Street Distillery was where Jameson Irish Whiskey was born.[1]

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. In 2013, annual sales topped 4.7 million cases (56.4 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. The United States is the largest market for Jameson Whiskey, with consumption during 2013 up by 12%.


As well as Jameson Original, the Jameson Reserves include:

  • Jameson 12 Year Old Special Reserve (Formerly known as Jameson 1780)
  • Jameson 12 Year Old Distillery Reserve is available at their two visitor centres in Ireland and also available from their online shop.
  • Jameson Gold Reserve (the only expression of Jameson that uses virgin American oak).
  • Jameson 18 Year Old Limited Reserve
  • Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve (Jameson’s oldest and rarest whiskey components).

Drinking for pleasure

As winter has made its grand entrance many people have either heard discussions or engaged in debates about the flu injection.  Some people prefer not to entertain the belief that having the flu injection prevents you from getting the flu during winter and others have the flu injection on a yearly basis as religiously as they go for their annual check ups or have a birthday.

1.    If you are taking medication – do not drink alcohol

2.    While partying the night away you will feel warmer, so wrap up tightly before going outside         to prevent getting sick

3.    Don’t drink and drive

4.    If you prefer home remedies to modern medicine don’t over indulge

Although these four tips are common knowledge, they are easy to forget while feeling a little under the weather or being distracted by a night of fun with friends!

A simple hot toddy or listening to your body can also help to fight off the common cold before it can truly gain hold.  If you have a hectic lifestyle taking a week and just snuggling up under the covers with a good book or your favorite TV series every night will be more beneficial to your general health than rushing out into the cold winter night for another party.

What ever you do and how ever you look after yourself this winter make sure that you take good care of yourself so that you are ready to face the summer full of energy and excitement.

Whether you are fortunate enough to go through winter without getting sick or you land up being ‘man down’ for a week or two, there are a few things that may help you to get through the winter period.

Enjoy the beer promotion

How many times have you seen a promotion that you feel is a good bargain, but then you decide that it would be a waste as you will not be able to use the items up before they spoil.

As we are currently running a beer promotion, why not use the beer that you don’t use for a delicious stew?


Remember that beer has a long shelf life, so if you buy on the promotion you can stock up for the rest of the year!

Enjoy our beer promotion and get your orders in soon while stocks last!

Do you know these quotes?

How many times a day do you hear or use a saying but can’t really remember where it comes from?  We all have a variety of funny pictures on our phones, computers and facebook profiles with quotes which we like or have meaning to us for one reason or another.

Most of the time these quotes are inspirational or simply funny.  Alcohol has not been excluded from quotes, whether they are quotes that are funny or thought provoking, there are many different quotes available on alcohol.

Do you know any alcohol quotes?

Do you use any alcohol quotes?

Here are some quotes that may trigger your memory:

“Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

“All is fair in love and beer.” ~ Kurt Paradis

“I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.” ~ W.C. Fields

“A drunk man’s words are a sober man’s thoughts.” ~ Steve Fergosi

“24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence?” ~ Steven Wright

“I’m on a whisky diet. I’ve lost three days already.” ~ Tommy Cooper

“If you drink, don’t drive. Don’t even putt.” ~ Dean Martin

Whisky is liquid sunshine.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

“I drink to make other people more interesting.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

“An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

“Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages.” ~ Louis Pasteur

“After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world.” ― Oscar Wilde

“There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne.” ― Bette Davis

“I think a man ought to get drunk at least twice a year just on principle, so he won’t let himself get snotty about it.” — Raymond Chandler

“Wine is sunlight, held together by water.” — Galileo