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Jameson Crested Finished in Devils Ladder Belgian Tripel Barrels


23rd April 2021
Irish Distillers has teamed up with Cork based craft beer maker Eight Degrees to create a limited edition Jameson Crested Finished In Devilís Ladder Belgian Tripel Barrels.

Jameson Crested Finished in Devils Ladder Belgian Tripel BarrelsIrish Distillers makers of Jameson Irish whiskey has unveiled a new limited edition expression of their popular Irish whiskey, Jameson Crested Finished In Devilís Ladder Belgian Tripel Barrels.

Jameson Crested Finished In Devilís Ladder Belgian Tripel Barrels is the next step in an ongoing collaboration between Irish Distillers and its Co. Cork neighbour, the craft beer maker Eight Degrees. Making the most of their close relationship, in 2020 Eight Degrees finished their Beligian Tripel craft beer in Jameson sherry casks. Named Devilís Ladder after the best-known hiking route up Irelandís tallest peak, the beer truly takes taste to new heights.

Jameson returned the compliment by selecting a special whiskey to mature in the beer-soaked barrels. After four months of maturation, the result they say is a stunning evolution of Jameson Crested, with abundant spices, floral hops and sweetness, while the oak and malt work in tandem to add a toasted cereal character.

I haven't tasted the Belgian Tripel beer cask finished dram so I can comment as to its quality or what it brings to the Jameson Crested whiskey which I do know is a quality whiskey but these beer finished whiskies do tend to work well if the whiskey being finished is good. It should be an interesting expression for the Jameson fans amongst you.

A limited-edition release of fewer than 6,000 bottles, Jameson Crested Finished in Devilís Ladder Belgian Tripel Barrels has a price tag of Ä50 and will soon be available from specialist online whisky retailers  such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt
 

Jameson Crested Finished in Belgian Tripel Barrels Review


Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Initial notes of clove spice and cinnamon along with rich caramelised brown sugar and a roasted malt character that complements the sherry casksí influence of toasted oak and dried fruits.

Taste: Round with abundant spices and a delicate floral hoppy character. Vanilla sweetness comes to the fore with a soft fruit note lingering in the background while the oak and malt work in tandem adding a toasted cereal element to the whiskey.

Finish: Lingering with the spices slowly fading, allowing the sweet nature of the oak and malt to remain until the very end.
 

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