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Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength Batch 2


24th January 2019
Jameson unveil a second batch of Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength ahead of St. Patricks Day 2019 although you wont be able to get your hands on a bottle until August 2019.

Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength Batch 2Jameson Irish Whiskey, which is produced by Irish Distillers in Midleton Distillery, has unveiled the second batch of Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength but don't go rushing out just yet to get your hands on a bottle as it wont be available until August 2019.

Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength is the only cask strength Jameson to be available globally, the expression finishes its maturation in Dublin’s only live Maturation House in the Jameson Distillery Bow Street – celebrating Jameson’s Dublin heritage by returning a part of the production process to its original home in Smithfield.

The first batch of this whiskey proved to be very popular so I would advise you to mark this release on your calendar if you want to get your hands on a bottle come August.

Similar to the first batch, this second batch of Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength is a combination of bourbon and sherry casks, the blend of pot still and grain Irish whiskeys has been married together and re-casked in first-fill ex-bourbon American oak barrels for a final six to 12 months in the Maturation House at the Jameson Distillery Bow Street, Dublin. ‘Marrying’ is a traditional method of re-casking batches of vatted whiskey and re-warehousing it to ensure infusion before bottling.

Billy Leighton, Master Blender at Midleton Distillery, commented: "I’ve long had the unique luxury of being able to taste Jameson straight from the barrel at cask strength. With Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength, I’m thrilled that Irish whiskey fans around the world can experience the full intensity of our whiskey or add a few drops of water to enjoy it at their own preferred strength.

"As a tribute to the Jameson distilling legacy in Smithfield, we’ve introduced some methods that would have been employed in days past. The final maturation period in Bow Street is our nod to the traditional “marrying” method. We’ve put our own Jameson stamp on it by using first-fill bourbon barrels, whereas the traditional approach would be to use casks multiple times. I like to think of the whiskey getting engaged in Midleton and then 'married' in Dublin!"

This second batch is presented at 55.1% ABV without the use of chill filtration and will be available in 20 markets from August 2019 at the RRP of €240 and will be available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt
 

Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength Batch 2 Review


I haven't had the chance to taste the Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength so I cannot comment on its quality but I was amused to find that the official tasting note for Batch 2 is 100% identical to the official tasting note for Batch 1 which I find difficult to believe but they are obviously confident that they have produced a 100% identical whiskey so if you enjoyed batch 1 it looks like batch 2 is more of the same.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Rich wood-driven influence with deep toffee notes and spice.

Taste: Toffee and oak remain consistent with hints of leather and vanilla along with a subtle sherry nuttiness creating depth and complexity.

Finish: Long and full with the sweet toffee notes slowly fading while the toasted oak and spice linger throughout until the very end.
 

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