Jameson is the best-selling Irish whiskey brand in the world, and this is partly because their original expression is relatively cheap. However, Jameson makes lots of other whiskeys and some of them are actually very high-priced. The following is a list of the twelve most expensive Jameson whiskeys – so far.
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1. Jameson Bow Street 18 Years – $180
Jameson Bow Street 18 Years is the most expensive of all the main Jameson whiskeys, as you can see from the following table:
|Jameson Irish Whiskey||$30|
|Jameson Black Barrel||$41|
|Jameson 18 Years||$156|
|Jameson Bow Street 18 Years||$180|
|Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition||$35|
|Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition||$35|
|Jameson Whiskey Makers Series Distiller’s Safe||$74|
|Jameson Whiskey Makers Series Cooper’s Croze||$72|
|Jameson Whiskey Makers Series Blender’s Dog||$71|
These are the main Jameson whiskeys and while half of them are quite cheap, the other half are quite and very expensive. The three whiskeys in the Whiskey Makers Series are quite expensive, but the two 18 year old’s are very expensive.
The 18 Years is very expensive because it’s been aged for almost two decades, and the Bow Street 18 Years is even more expensive because it’s been aged for almost two decades and bottled at cask strength.
2. Jameson Black Barrel Bottle Your Own – $100
Obviously $100 is less than $179.99, but it’s one thing to pay $179.99 for something that’s been aged for 18 years and bottled at cask strength, and quite another to pay $100 for something that’s usually less than a quarter of the price ($40.99).
The extra expense comes from the fact that it has a personalized label and that you bottled it yourself.
Since you fill the bottle straight from the barrel, the whiskey is a cask strength – and therefore more flavorful – version of the Black Barrel, which is already more flavorful than the standard Jameson whiskey, as the Black Barrel expressions come from barrels that have more flavor compounds because they’re charred twice.
3. Jameson Irish Whiskey 4.5 Liters – $185.37
Obviously, the more you buy more of something the more it will cost, and this can become quite expensive even if the item in question is relatively cheap. That’s why, despite the fact that Jameson Irish Whiskey is the cheapest of their expressions (as you can see from the table above), if you buy a 4.5 liter bottle of it, it will cost you much, much more.
One 4.5 liter bottle at $185.37 is the equivalent of six 750ml bottles at just under $31 each, costing you about $6 more than had you bought six bottles separately for the usual $29.99 each. But you do get a giant bottle of Jameson and in some versions it comes in a cradle that makes it easier for you to pour the whiskey.
4. Jameson Irish Whiskey 1970s Bottle – $287.84
Similarly, a bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey produced in the 1970s at the old distillery in Bow Street, Dublin, will cost far more than one made more recently.
These older bottles of Jameson are often up for sale at auctions, and while you can hopefully buy one for cheaper, the highest price paid for a 1970s bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey is $287.84.
5. Jameson 15 Year Old Single Pot Still – $300
Pot still whiskey (meaning made with malted and unmalted barley) has become the signature style of Irish whiskey. Most Jameson expressions are a blend of pot still and grain whiskeys, but this expression has pot still whiskey only.
The latest release of the 15 Year Old Single Pot Still Jameson is aged in American bourbon barrels and Oloroso sherry butts. It’s bottled in 500ml bottles at a cask strength of 56.4%ABV and is not chill filtered. It’s available as a limited release for $300.
6. Jameson 21 Year Old – $431
At the end of 2021, Jameson introduced its 21 year old whiskey.
It’s a blend of pot still and single grain whiskeys that were matured in ex-bourbon and Oloroso sherry seasoned casks for 18 years and then blended and re-casked into new ex-bourbon barrels for an additional three years. These casks were then married with additional pot still whiskeys that had matured for over 21 years in first fill Oloroso sherry seasoned wine casks.
With such a long and complex maturation process the final product, that’s bottled at a cask strength of 57.2%ABV – because why go to all that trouble and then dilute it, is a full bodied, spicy whiskey with a sherry influence that still retains the Jameson profile. Sadly, only 2,301 of these whiskeys were made, and even more sadly, at $431 a bottle they’re very expensive.
7. Jameson 12 Year Old Distillery Reserve – $575.68
Although the Jameson 12 Year Old Distillery Reserve was discontinued in 2010, you can still buy a bottle for about $150. What makes this version more expensive is that it was bottled in the 1990s.
It’s only available at the Jameson Heritage Centre in Midleton Co. Cork.
8. Jameson Celebrating 100 Years of Radio – $595
This Jameson whiskey celebrates 100 years of radio.
Now this may seem like an unusual thing for a whiskey distillery to commemorate but it makes more sense when you know the following two things. First, the inventor of the radio was an Italian named Guglielmo Marconi. Second, Marconi’s mother was Annie Jameson, which made Marconi a great-grandson of John Jameson, the founder of the Jameson distillery.
While you can buy a bottle for less at auction, the highest price paid for this Jameson whiskey was $595.
9. Jameson 15 Year Old Limited Edition – $863.53
This is another Jameson that’s not a blend but pot still whiskey only. It was aged for 15 years and created as a special edition for the millennium. At $863.53, it may be expensive but it’s also rare and hard to find. More importantly, the 15 Year Old Limited Edition is considered by many connoisseurs to be the best Jameson whiskey ever produced.
10. John Jameson 10 Year Old – $1,151.37
This is a very old bottle of John Jameson 10 Year Old, which was made at the old Bow Street distillery in the 1950s.
Several bottles of this whiskey have been sold at auction or by other sellers for different prices – some bottles were in a better condition than others. The most expensive price is at The Whiskey Exchange, where a bottle of John Jameson 10 Year Old costs £1,000 or $1,151.37.
11. John Jameson & Son 7 Year Old – $1,439.24
This is a very old bottle of John Jameson & Son 7 Year Old, which was also made at the old Bow Street distillery, in the 1940s or 1950s.
It’s a blend of pot still whiskeys, the youngest of which is 7 years old, while the others are somewhat or a lot older. It has an unusual mash bill that includes wheat and oats as well as malted barley.
This particular Jameson expression was famous all over the world, but it was discontinued in 1968. To buy a bottle will cost you $1,439.24.
12. Jameson 2007 Rarest Vintage Reserve – $1,439.24
The 2007 Rarest Vintage Reserve is a blend of Jameson whiskeys of different ages and contains some of the oldest and rarest whiskeys in the Jameson stock – meaning over 18 or even over 20 years old.
Since the oldest and rarest Jameson whiskeys are … old and rare, the Jameson 2007 Rarest Vintage Reserve is a limited edition. And since the stock of oldest and rarest Jameson whiskeys becomes more and more limited each year, the price goes up to reflect that. At the moment, it’s an already expensive $1,439.24.