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The Whisky Guy reviews: Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition
Posted by on Jul 6th, 2016

Back in May saw the launch of Jameson Caskmates in South Africa and I mentioned that it was created after a conversation between Jameson master distiller, Brian Nation, and the head brewer of Cork’s Franciscan Well Brewery where they had the idea to age the Jameson blend in stout-seasoned whisky casks. This resulted in triple-distilled smoothness with a unique stout influence of cocoa, coffee and butterscotch. ‘A product born of curiosity, collaboration and innovation…where bravery and true craftsmanship meet.’

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The story behind Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition.

I was going to explain it, but sounds much better when this guy tells you the story in his Irish accent.

Now you know.

Some bar ammo:

‘Sine Metu’ – live without fear – is emblazoned on every bottle of Jameson, and this attitude of fearlessness ultimately consecrated the discovery of a new taste sensation that became Jameson Caskmates. Jameson is the No.1 Irish whiskey in the world, selling over 4 million 9L cases worldwide and contributing more than any other Irish whiskey brand to the phenomenal global growth of the category.

What’s it taste like?

Nose: crisp orchard fruits like green apples and pears, mild pot still spices which deepen from green tea to hazelnut and milk chocolate. Some caramel, a touch woody and a hint of citrus.

Taste: Starts off sweet with a slight touch of hops and cocoa beans. Not bold or overpowering, but not subtle either. Then the more complex flavours of marzipan and charred oak come through along with the distinct stout influence.

Finish: Long and sweet with milk chocolate and butterscotch.

Appearance: Not that different from the standard Jameson bottle apart from a few changes. Still has that vintage feel to it which i like.

Now when Jameson Caskmates launched in SA they replicated the concept with two of the country’s most loved craft beers: Devil’s Peak, and Soweto Gold. The idea was to give the breweries some of Jameson’s old whisky casks and see what they would come up with.

Check it…an original Cape Town influence.

Good times.

Now go get some Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition.

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