By Paul Barry | Assistant Buyer: Beer & Spirits
Many factors contribute to the flavour of Whiskey. One of the most important and impactful is from the oak cask the spirit is matured in. Whiskey producers are experimenting with casks that previously held other alcohol which in turn effects the flavour profile of the finished whiskey.
Whiskey producers are experimenting with casks that previously held other alcohol which in turn effects the flavour profile of the finished whiskey.
One of the most interesting and unique approaches has come from Jameson. They have taken the flagship Jameson whiskey and finished in barrels that previously held craft beer. Back in 2014 the first Caskmates, the stout version, was released to universally high praise. The stout finish adds cocoa beans and a subtle touch of hops to the classic Jameson notes of orchard fruits, vanilla, honey and spice.
This was joined by an IPA version in 2017, which again picked up many accolades. While unmistakably Jameson, it is quite different from the stout showing the influence each cask has. Expect light floral & bright citrus on the nose leading to a creamy body with soft oak tones blending with the lively citrus character and a touch of hop bitterness.