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Jameson Crested X Eight Degrees Brewing Review

23rd September 2020
Review of the new limited edition Jameson Crested X Eight Degrees Brewing Finished in Black Ball Metric Irish Stout Barrels.

Jameson Crested X Eight Degrees BrewingJameson Irish Whiskey which is produced by Irish Distillers at their Midleton Distillery down in the south of Ireland in County Cork has teamed up with Eight Degrees Brewing, an Irish craft brewery from Mitchelstown, County Cork, for their latest limited edition offering of their Jameson whiskey.

The folks behind Jameson has joined forces with Eight Degrees Brewing to create a unique edition of their pot still rich Jameson Crested blended Irish whiskey.

Launching this month, Jameson Crested Finished in Black Ball Metric Stout Barrels is the next step in an exciting collaboration between Irish Distillers and its Co. Cork neighbour, Eight Degrees, who last year celebrated eight years of adventurous craft beer brewing by releasing a uniquely dark Black Ball Metric Stout finished in Jameson barrels as the last iteration of their Rack Ďem Up Series.

The creative and ever innovative folks behind Jameson are not ones to miss an opportunity, they have returned the compliment by selecting a special whiskey to mature in the stout soaked barrels. The result, Jameson tells me is a evolution of Jameson Crested, with a rich stout influence married with a luscious creamy texture and lingering finish of pot still spices and malt.

"We were delighted when the opportunity arose to create a truly special whiskey," explains Irish Distillersí Blender Dave McCabe.

"When we were selecting a whiskey to mature in these barrels, Jameson Crested became the obvious choice. Itís higher pot still component and sherry cask inclusion allowed the whiskey to meet the impact of the stout head on, creating a balanced reaction.

"We filled the casks in November last year and carefully monitored the whiskeyís progress. After about four months of ageing we felt it was just right. The stout influence is prevalent in the taste, complementing the whiskey beautifully.

"Itís a truly unique liquid, perfect when enjoyed neat, paired with a craft stout, or as part of a spiced cocktail," adds McCabe.

Derek Neville, Head Cellarman at Eight Degrees Brewing adds: "It was an honour to be given the opportunity to create our special 8th anniversary stout using barrels from Jameson, the worldís most popular Irish whiskey. Today we are delighted to have made our mark on Jameson Crested, an icon of Irish whiskey, through the release of this special edition."

Jameson Crested X Eight Degrees Brewing Finished in Black Ball Metric Stout Barrels has been bottled at 40% ABV, it is a limited-edition release of fewer than 10,000 bottles globally, it will launch in Jamesonís brand home outlets at Bow Street, Dublin, and Midleton, Cork, this month, and will be available through Jamesonís online shop priced at Ä45 (70cl). If you are brave enough to fly in the current Covid-19 climate it will also be available to those of you visiting the new Dublin Airport shop in Terminal 2 from mid-October.

You will also find the current Jameson whiskey range available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

Jameson Crested X Eight Degrees Brewing Review

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A lovely balance of mild pot still spices, mild sherried fruitiness, vanilla infused sweet coconut ice and just a touch of ginger lurking in the background.

Taste: Some delicious creamy vanilla infused with some lovely sherried fruit leads, closely followed by some gentle pot still spices, coconut, a light Demerara sugared sweetness and some late ripe pear.

Finish: Long, the taste simply lingers long into the finish, the vanilla and sherry hang in there for a while but it is the pot still spices which has the longest staying power before finally bowing out to leave a Horlicks maltiness and a little mild drying and a little bitter oak spice.

Comment: The sherry is a little less prominent than you would find in the outstanding standard Jameson Crested, perhaps subdued a little by the Black Ball Metric Stout finish, the pot still spices intensify with each mouthful but it is the Black Ball Metric Stout that has the final say with the Horlicks malty note in the finish.

SMW Blended Whisky Score 88/100

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