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Ballot For Limited Edition Jameson 21 Years Cask Strength 2021

10th November 2021
Jameson Irish whiskey ends the year with a ballot for a bottle of Jameson 21 Years Cask Strength 2021 Batch.

Jameson Irish whiskey is bringing 2021 to an end with the introduction of a rather special limited-edition release of the world’s favourite Irish whiskey.

They have bottled 2,301 bottles of Jameson 21 Years Cask Strength 2021 Batch which will be available for Irish whiskey fans to purchase via an online ballot to mark the end of the year.

Taking its place at the head of the Jameson range, Jameson 21 Years is a blend of rare single pot still and single grain Irish whiskeys that were initially matured in a range of ex-bourbon and Oloroso sherry seasoned casks at the Midleton Distillery for 18 years. Following on from that initial period of maturation, these whiskeys were then blended and re-casked into freshly emptied ex-bourbon barrels for an additional three years.

After a long and complex maturation journey, these casks were then finally married with additional pot still whiskeys that had fully matured for over 21 years in first fill Oloroso sherry seasoned wine casks. Jameson tells me that the final inclusion of these sherry casks add balance to the American oak contribution of toffee and dairy fudge, by delivering a heightened dried fruit intensity and extra layer of pot still spices.

Bottled non chill-filtered at a cask strength of 57.2% ABV, Jameson describe it as a spicy and full-bodied whiskey with a rich sherry contribution that brings dried fruit notes and character to the fore, whilst retaining a clear reference to Jameson’s unmistakably smooth DNA.

"Following an outstanding awards season for the Jameson family, including Jameson 18 Years Bow Street being awarded a Platinum Medal at the 2021 Beverage Tasting Institute, it seemed fitting that we should further mark this success with the launch of an extra special release," explains Jameson Master Distiller Kevin O’Gorman. "This delicious whiskey embodies the craft and creativity for which Jameson has always been renowned."

"With such a limited quantity available, we have decided to release the expression via an online ballot which is the fairest way to offer fans of Jameson the chance to get their hands on a bottle of this extra special expression."

The incredibly rare Jameson 21 Years will be exclusively available to consumers through two separate online ballots at an RRP of €310. The first ballot will open to members of Barrel Club Midleton Distillery at 2pm Irish Saving Time (IST) today Wednesday 10th November and the second ballot will open to all other whiskey fans at 2pm (IST) on Thursday 11th of November. Applicants will have until 6pm (IST) on Wednesday 17th November to enter the ballot, with shipping to successful whiskey fans taking place from late November.

For your chance to purchase a bottle of Jameson 21 Years and to enter the ballot, head to www.jamesonwhiskey.com/en-EN/ourwhiskeys/jameson-21-years

Jameson 21 Years Cask Strength 2021 Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Rich in wood spices with sweet notes of toffee and dairy fudge, while the dried fruits add extra layers of flavour with hints of dates and fig, all wonderfully in balance with the intensity of the pot still spices and floral grain notes.

Taste: Robust and complex with cinnamon and nutmeg spice to the fore accompanied by the oak’s soft tannins and silky nature of the pot still spirit. Dark berry fruits work in tandem with sweet vanilla and chocolate creating a medley of flavours intertwined with a sherry nuttiness and gentle touches of leather.

Finish: Lingering finish with the fruits slowly fading into the background, leaving the oak and spices have the final say.

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