Whisky Focus - Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition Goes Global

Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition Goes Global

1st December 2017
Jameson launch Caskmates IPA Edition worldwide

Jameson Caskmates IPA EditionFollowing on from a successful trial run in Ireland in September this year Irish Distillers has announced that they are now launching their new Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition worldwide.

As you may have already guessed, Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition is a triple distilled Irish whiskey finished in IPA seasoned barrels. For those of you not familiar with IPA, it is India Pale Ale, a hoppy style of beer. Jameson tell me that the result of finishing their whiskey in the specially crafted IPA casks is a whiskey that features the signature smoothness of Jameson alongside hints of light hops, fresh citrus and floral notes, and can be served neat, on the rocks, or paired with a beer.

Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition is the next chapter of a story that began in 2013, when Brian Nation, Master Distiller in Midleton Distillery, and Dave Quinn, Master of Whiskey Science in Midleton Distillery, met Franciscan Well Founder and Head Brewer, Shane Long, in a local Cork bar. The Midleton masters agreed to loan some Jameson casks to the brewery to discover their influence on Irish stout and when the stout-seasoned barrels were returned to Midleton Distillery, Dave Quinn re-filled them with Jameson Irish whiskey a finishing process that created Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition. Having previously hit it off with stout, the team in Midleton were curious to try a new beer mate, and after much exploration discovered that a zesty IPA was the perfect partner.

Dave Quinn, Master of Whiskey Science in Midleton Distillery, commented: "Without the curiosity and collaboration that took place that night in Cork and the expertise, passion and dedication that followed, we may have missed out on what has become a staple innovation within the Jameson family. Its great to see the range growing so that more craft beer and whiskey fans alike can experience Jameson Caskmates. I recommend that you try the new release on the rocks or paired with a craft IPA but always with good friends over great conversations."

Since launching in 2015, Jameson Caskmates has proved to be popular with those with an appetite for craft beer and whiskey satisfying their appetite for new, innovative and authentic tastes.

Bottled at 40% ABV, Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition is available from December 2017 in the USA and January 2018 in Ireland with a RRP of 38. I haven't tasted it myself so I cannot comment on its quality but the official tasting note is below and no doubt it will also be available from specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt where you will find the current Jameson whiskey range.

Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose:  Floral, herbal hops, grapefruit citrus notes with subtle orchard fruits, complimented by wood shavings and a little nuttiness.

Taste: Hops and light citrus with sweet herbal notes and delicate spicy tones.

Finish: The lingering fresh fruit and hops give way to grains of barley and a signature smooth finish.

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