Jameson Gold Reserve Irish Whiskey ( 80 proof) is almost the exact same color as the Jameson Blend. The top note on the nose is a nice light oaky/woodsy tone that’s backed up by a nice sweet undertone of vanilla and caramel. The nose on the Gold Reserve is decidedly sweeter and thicker than either the 12 year or the blended version of Jameson. The entry is sweet and easy, and smooth, and unfolds well towards the mid-plate. Midway through, the flavors of subtle oak, vanilla, salted caramel and a very light smokey ash tone come through. It’s a very pleasant combination, but it doesn’t stick around too long, as the finish is relatively short. There’s a slight bit of heat that gets picked up from the mid palate through the finish.