Jameson Caskmates is an intriguing release. Having sent some of their casks to 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!
Nose: There's still cut grass and some fruit alongside delicious oily pot still character, but things are different here too. Is it sweeter? A different sweetness perhaps, more wood spice plus chocolate liqueur.
Palate: Orchard fruits, great mouth-feel but the vanilla cream is less prominent, it's more fragrant (hoppy?) and floral on the palate with a touch of bitterness.
Finish: Again familiar, but different, that different complexion of spice with chocolate from the nose lingers briefly.
Overall: An interesting twist on an old favourite, and a great gift for Irish whiskey and stout fans alike!