Today’s reviews is not of a single malt, but rather a new-ish (locally at least) Irish Blended whisky with a wee twist. So, what’s unique to this edition you ask? well… The story goes like this: Jameson have shared some of their casks with the local craft stout brewers at Franciscan Well, the casks were returned to Midleton where they were subsequently used to give a stout finish to Jameson. Now, Finishing a whisky in Beer casks, or vice versa is not a new notion, but It is quite interesting to see the effect of such a cask on the very popular Irish whiskey that is Jameson. Let’s get tasting.
Nose: Starts quite spirit-y and sharp on first nosing, and needs some time to relax in the glass IMHO. After a few minutes, there’s a nice fruitiness coming out, mostly apple and some orchard fruit, citrus vanilla and a very faint hint of chocolate.
Palate: Again there’s an alcohol bite (Young grain component, methinks), vanilla ice cream, apple / pear, and more bitter chocolate, and toasted wood. Some bitterness (maybe coming from the ex-Stout casks)
Finish: Dark chocolate, spice, bitter wood.
I am not overly impressed with this one, It’s still very much a Jameson (for better or worse, depending on your preference). The stout does add a bitter / chocolate-y touch, so that’s a nice twist on the ‘vanilla’ Jameson. It’s basically still an entry point easy drinking blended Whiskey, with a nice story, and a wee twist. Jameson fans will want to try some of the liquid at least once.
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