Opening a distillery may seem rather mellow in comparison to, say, fighting pirates, but there’s room enough for both in the Jameson lineage: While the more swashbuckling profession earned the family its crest, the other proved to be the legacy that lives on today. Likewise, barrel-chested Jameson Round comprises an equally versatile makeup. This Deconstructed Series bottling is a harmonious mixture of whiskeys matured in virgin oak, bourbon, and sherry barrels. The smooth result, featuring notes of leather, pipe tobacco, and rich spice, is powerful yet even-tempered, with a winking twinkle of sweetness. More soft-spoken than original Jameson, Round still carries a big stick—you’ll taste it in the long, toasty wood finish.