For so long these two friends have sat side-by-side at the table, or the bar, looking over at one another – just like old friends ought to.
Each day, these two may never directly blend but regularly accompany one another, each complimenting the other in half pints and half measures. Whiskey and beer. Beer and whiskey. As a pair they’re always well received, and so common throughout these isles the combination is almost a British and Irish delicacy. We’re not the only ones who think so.
In toast to this almighty union of grains, malts and barley, Jameson have produced a whiskey that not only celebrates the fraternity of these two distinct styles of beverage, but that marries them so gently it feels like one never need be without the other again. It’s a celebration of old friends, good pals, Caskmates.
Jameson’s Caskmates is a classic Irish whiskey with a distinctive twist. It has been aged in a stout-seasoned whiskey cask, giving it a depth of flavour and an aroma not normally associated with the Irish style. There’s a rich flavour of coffee, with notes of cocoa and butterscotch complimenting a light, refreshing apple-come-pear nose. A distinct charred oak woodiness fills the rest of the flavour profile with sweet marzipan, as this wonderfully drinkable whiskey culminates in a wonderfully creamy texture. It’s a uniquely Irish drink, with stout and the Irish whiskey style marrying together to give the quintessential taste of the Emerald Isle.
“It’s the subtlety in flavour from the stout cask that really makes this inventive new whiskey stand out”
It’s the subtlety in flavour from the stout cask that really makes this inventive new whiskey stand out. That stoutyness is the perfect addition to the flavour of traditional Irish whiskey, and one of the first times these two old friends have been blended together so perfectly.
Although beer and whiskey will always be side by side, this is a chance to taste a unique combination of the two that doesn’t just share a bar, but also shares a glass.