Discover the differences between Jameson vs Southern Comfort in this head to head comparison and decide which whiskey is better for You!
|Nose||Floral, marmalade, caramel|
|Palate||Ripe fruit, vanilla|
|Finish||Medium, caramel, spice|
|Alcohol content||80 proof (40% ABV)|
|How to drink||Cocktails|
|Similar to||Bushmills, Dewar’s, Black Barrel|
Nose is floral with sweet notes of orange marmalade and caramel with a bit of alcohol coming behind but nothing too severe.
On the palate the Jameson shows a good body, is sweet and fruity, with a high vanilla note. There is a pesky metallic note coming late to the party, not something terrible but weird.
The finish has a medium length, mostly sweet with a dash of black pepper on the tail.
Jameson (Alternatives) smooth and versatile whiskey that mixes nicely in any cocktail with no bad bite, well rounded and gets better when adding a splash of water, ginger ale or ice.
A few drops of water are enough to tune down alcoholic, peppery notes and that annoying metallic note.
Jameson Irish Whiskey is the top-selling Irish whiskey across the globe for two solid reasons: It is smooth and affordable offering good value for the money; solid option for casual drinking or something not too pricey.
There are a few facts worth knowing about Jameson Whiskey:
- Jameson is a blend of malted and unmalted barley aged for at least 4 years in ex-bourbon casks from Kentucky and ex-sherry casks from Spain.
- This whisky is triple-distilled which is the norm in the Irish whiskey industry. Most spirits in are double-distilled but the Irish add a distillation as they like smooth liquors.
- Jameson is no longer Irish but French as it was acquired by Pernod Ricard who also owns big brands such as Chivas Regal and Glenlivet.
- Crafted at the Jameson Distillery in Old Midleton, Ireland.
|Nose||Apple, fruit, baking spice, alcohol|
|Palate||Gummy Bears, apple, ripe fruit, baking spice|
|Alcohol content||70 proof (35% ABV)|
|How to drink||Cocktails|
|Similar to||Jim Beam, Fireball|
The nose brings aromas of apple and ripe fruit, with a tad of baking spice and light whiff of alcohol.
On the palate, Southern Comfort feels thin with very little body. It tastes like Gummy Bears up-front, with a strong hint of artificial sweetness, followed by hints of apple, ripe fruit and a bit of baking spice.
There is practically no finish and is somewhat dry with a modest fruity medicinal note.
Overall, this is a smooth liqueur, sweet, with no heat and very easy to drink. Is never going to win an award but makes a good option for those who want a sweet and uncomplicated dram.
The best way of drinking it is either with Coke or cocktails such as the Alabama Slammer or the Southern Hurricane.
Southern Comfort is not a whiskey but a liqueur using whiskey as its base, artificially flavored and bottled at a lower proof than a traditional whiskey or bourbon.
The whiskey base is an undisclosed blend made by the Sazerac Company that produces some of the best bourbons.
There are a few facts worth knowing about the Southern Comfort:
- First created in 1874 by M.W. Herron, a bartender.
- The company was owned by Brown-Forman (Old Forester Whiskey, Woodford Reserve, Jack Daniel’s) and later acquired by the Sazerac Company.
Jameson vs Southern Comfort: Price comparison
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Jameson vs Southern Comfort: Which is better?
Jameson is a more versatile pour than Southern Comfort
- Jameson is a proper whiskey that can be drunk neat (not the best), rocks or in cocktails and serves as an introductory dram to Irish Whiskey or liquors in general.
- Southern Comfort is a sweet liqueur that serves primarily as a mixer to be used in low-proof cocktails. It has a a high artificial sweetener note that might be off-putting for some.
What’s the difference between Jameson and Southern Comfort?
Jameson is a liquor and Southern Comfort a liqueur
- A liquor or spirit is an alcoholic product that’s made from a grain or fruit/vegetable-derived sugar that’s fermented and distilled, yielding a lower water content and higher proof.
- A Liqueur: uses a liquor as its base and adds sweeteners and flavors to it.
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