Around here we tend to discourage any kind of negativity in regards to other people’s palates. Whiskey is a lovely hobby that anyone can enjoy, and most everyone enjoys differently. The debate around Bushmills vs Jameson Irish Whiskey is steeped in the raucous, cultural turmoil that ultimately ended in the separation of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
As legend goes, Bushmills is a progeny of the Southern Irish Catholics. Jameson, on the other hand, would be considered the protestant competition. Like any good whiskey, myth sells. There is probably some truth to the fact that, regionally speaking, Jameson and Bushmills are from different Christian denominations, but that’s all just story at this point. The founder of Jameson wasn’t even Irish… he was Scottish!
Jameson or Bushmills
Anyway, the real question of Jameson vs Bushmills is which is better. The answer: Yes.
Jameson and Bushmills are both Irish whiskeys but they are also different Irish whiskeys. Different drinkers will have their preferences, but these two spirits can both be equally enjoyed for their best features.
Bushmills is produced in it’s namesake town, Bushmills, about 60 miles north of Belfast, Ireland. The distillery, and the history books, claim it to be the oldest licensed distillery in the world.
Though the Bushmills distillery creates a lot of different great whiskeys, the Original recipe is most commonly compared to the Jameson competitor. It’s an easy 80 proof (40% ABV), and a relatively young blend of Irish whiskeys. Sweet with apples and pears on the nose and woody honey palate. Bushmills original finishes quick and sweet.
Jameson, has a similar rich history. Produced at Midleton Distillery, Jameson is a blend of grain whiskey done in single pot stills. There’s a bit of bitterness on the palate that isn’t immediately present in the leomngrass sweet nose. Some oat and cinnamon is there, but the bitterness lingers for a while. This is also a 40% ABV whiskey. Depending on the glass you’re drinking from, this whiskey can have a lot more character on the nose.
Verdict: Bushmills vs Jameson
Okay, so not to be too aloof, we’ll give you an answer of preference. Bushmills is the more palatable of these too Irish whiskeys, in our humble and more bourbon-favorable opinion. Neither one of them should be billed as a uniquely delicious option. If you’re looking for something like that, consider checking out Bushmills Black Bush. We also recommend reading up on cocktails to learn the best way to use affordable Irish whiskey.