John Jameson and Son 3 Star 1910s / Lyle & Kinahan
A fantastic old bottle of John Jameson & Son Dublin whiskey, distilled at the long closed Bow Street distillery. Amazingly, Jameson was not officially sold by the bottle until after Jameson were amalgamated into the Irish Distillers company in 1966. Under the new ownership, Bow Street then sold its first single bottle of Jameson in 1968, before production of the entire Irish Distillers portfolio was was moved to New Midleton in Cork in 1975, seeing the closure of Bow Street and fellow Dublin distillery, Power's John's Lane in the process.
Pre-Irish Distillers Jameson only sold their whiskey by the cask. Those who procured these casks were then welcome to bottle them using the official John Jameson & Son branding, as is the case with this bottle.
This bottle of 3 star John Jameson and Son, numbered 37170 was bottled by Lyle and Kinahan of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Lyle and Kinahan was a spirit and wine merchant established in the mid-19th century, which operated until 1961 when it was eventually acquired by London brewery, Bass Charrington. The Belfast outfit are on record as bottling their own Jameson and Guinness as early as 1907, when the activity appears mentioned in the transcript from a court case attempting to settle a copyright dispute between them and Kinahan's distillers in Dublin. Lyle and Kinahan won the case, and the "this label is watermarked" note on the bottle suggests an effort to authenticate and protect their brand, likely dating it to after this event. This places the bottle neatly around the 1910s, with trade between Dublin and Belfast soon to be disrupted by the 1919 Irish War of Independence.
This bottle has no volume or ABV measurements on it.