On the heels of the Jameson Drinking Buddies program, Jameson Irish Whisky’s passion for craft, quality and neighborhood collaboration continues with a one-of-a-kind whisky – Jameson Caskmates. For the first time ever, local Irish micro-brewery Franciscan Well and Jameson Original shared casks to create one exceptional whisky combining the smoothness of Jameson Original with the richness of stout beer, offering a new and distinct tasting experience.
Born in 2013 over drinks at a local neighborhood pub in County Cork, Ireland, Caskmates was created by two longtime friends, Dave Quinn, Master of Whisky Science at Jameson Distillery and Shane Long, Head Brewer at local Irish micro-brewery Franciscan Well.
Following Dave and Shane hatching the idea of Caskmates, Jameson shared its proprietary oak whisky barrels from the Midleton Distillery with Franciscan Well, who created a unique Irish stout aged in Jameson barrels. They were excited to see what impact the Jameson whisky barrels would have on Franciscan Well’s fine Irish stout beer – and they were equally impressed with the results.
However, their curiosity didn’t end there. Returning the gesture, the now stout-seasoned barrels were sent back to the distillery to be refilled with Jameson Original. As a result of its time spent in the stout-seasoned barrels, Jameson Caskmates has the triple-distilled smoothness of Jameson, but now with new added notes of coffee, cocoa, and hops.
“Imagined from a conversation in a neighborhood pub, Jameson Caskmates is a product of shared passion for craft, quality and collaboration,” said Sona Bajaria, Director, Jameson Irish Whisky, Pernod Ricard USA. “We’re excited to continue our close relationships with craft brewers in both Ireland and the US, and share this first-to-market Irish whisky from Jameson with neighborhoods around the country.”
Jameson Caskmates is best enjoyed neat or on the rocks in order to truly appreciate the new, fresh flavours that the stout-finishing brings. With the subtle suggestions of hops in every sip, it also makes it a perfect accompaniment to stout beer.
Jameson Caskmates, suggested retail price $29.99, is now available in select retailers and neighborhood bars nationwide in the US.