Delighted to see the interest my blog has been getting since I started it back in January, if you’re returning again to see my thoughts on this weeks topic then thanks for that, if you’re here for the first time then you’re very welcome and I hope you enjoy what I have to say!
It’s time to do some tasting and I’ve been busy doing my ‘research’ about today’s topic during the week so it’s time to put my thoughts down on paper…. Well, in a blog!
In 2013 after a conversation between Head Distiller at Midleton, Brian Nation, Master of Whiskey Science, Dave Quinn and Shane Long the founder of, and Head Brewer at, Franciscan Well Brewery some Jameson casks made there way to the Franciscan Well brewery to be used in the production of their stout. These returned some time later and Dave Quinn decided to fill these with Jameson and the result was Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition and this went on to be very well received.
Fast forward and it was time to experiment again and this time Franciscan Well IPA barrels were used and this resulted in today’s tasting bottle, the recently released, Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition.
It proved quite difficult to find a bottle of this initially as it appeared to either be, very popular indeed, or just not in stock, to coincide with the big promotional launch. I have the good people of Dunnes Stores in Blanchardstown to thank for my two bottles as they were good enough to put them aside for me before they were all gone. At an RRP pf €38 it’s well priced and if you keep an eye out you’ll see there are some promotional offers on where there is quite a good savings. I understand it is somewhat easier to locate a bottle these days so maybe it was a stock issue. Either way, go out and buy one and see what you think.
Here are my thoughts:
Glass used: The Tuath
Nose: Nice floral notes. I get some nice notes of toffee but then again I get that from all Irish Whiskey!
Palate: Lovely mouth feel. Coats it nicely. That spice that’s associated with Jameson.
Finish: Nice sweetness to this and nothing overpowering.
Overall I’m impressed with the results that have been achieved by this experimentation between Jameson and Franciscan Well IPA. A little birdie told me to sit down, try the two together and I’ll be impressed. Haven’t had a chance to do so but maybe you have?
What do you think of this latest release? Leave a comment below.
Thanks, as always, for reading my thoughts.
See you again in two weeks time