OK Glyn - here's my stab at it:
It seems like there's something in the flavour profile of Jamesons that your dad likes. I'm assuming it's the standard (no age statement) bottling as opposed to the 12 or 18yr old bottlings that state this on the label. Elements that I can identify with the NAS bottling include (1) partial pot-still character, (2) a bit of sherry casking, but not dominent sherry taste, and (3) unpeated, and soft - some might say mild or austere flavour. Some have identified a metalic taste from this that has only (to my knowledge) been identified in Bushmills.
From your question, I'm getting that you wish to get your father something uberJameson - please correct me if I misunderstood.
Jameson 12, Blackbush and Redbrest are all good whiskies, but they are all heavily sherried, and this gives a significantly different flavour profile from standard Jameson. To get something with potstill character, you'd have to get a brand from Middleton distillery not Cooley.
Choices that have potstill whiskies in them and are primarily bourbon casked would be whiskies like Jameson 18 or Powers 12. I'm thinking though of Bushmills 10. I'm lothe to recommend it, but people have said it has a metallic taste to it (standard Jameson has a bit of this IMO). I'll try the Bushmills 10 on Sunday and post back on this.
Jameson 18 is real expensive, but really nice. Not sure if it's in your price range. In a pinch, I might try Auchantoshan which is a Scotch which is tripple distilled (like some Irish whiskies) and has soft, austere flavours.
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