First my apologies, for screwing up the whiskey/whisky. Not paying attention to what the hell I am doing here.
Jameson is my least favorite of the big names. It's entry level is basically undrinkable for me. Tullamore Dew is only slightly better. Bushmills is better yet, but the upgraded Black Bush is too sweet for me. As I said previously, Powers is th best of the entry level Irish whiskeys I have tried to date - perfect for filling that flask for cold weather events.
I have to say that I am so turned off by Jameson that I haven't bothered to try their higher end offerings. I have had the 12 year old special reserve Tullamore Dew, and while it is a substantial improvement over the entry level dew, it is not as pleasing to me as red breast despite being in a bout the same price range - $35-40 for a fifth. I would like to try Tullamore's single malt, but haven't seen it in stores yet.
My tastes run all over the place - I like just about everything. Irish whiskey is a go to favorite, but I love to drink scotch under the right circumstances - for scotch, there are so many options that it gets confusing, and I have trouble remembering what I have tried and liked. I love the heavy peaty, smoky ones, especially at cask strength. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it. I think I am going to drink my lunch today.
Try the single Malt ten year old Bushmills, its really good.