Jameson introduced the second expression to its ‘Caskmates’ series which feature Irish Whiskey aged in craft beer barrels. This time combining the smooth taste of Irish whiskey with hoppy notes from IPA craft beer, Jameson created Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition.
After 2 years from the initial release of Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition, Dave Quinn, Head of Whiskey Science at Jameson, and Shane Long, Franciscan Well Founder and Head Brewer, collaborates again to bring a new and distinct expression featuring light hops, fresh citrus and floral notes.
According to the information provided on the press release; Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition is created using the same process established with Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition, the original whiskey and beer collaboration. Starting with barrels from the Midleton distillery, the local Irish brewery receives the propriety oak whiskey barrels to be filled with their local craft IPA. Once the IPA has imparted its crisp citrus notes, the barrels are sent back to Jameson to be reused to finish Jameson Original, creating Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition. As a result of time spent in the IPA barrels, Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition enhances the smooth taste of Jameson with a crisp, hoppy finish. The process in which Jameson Caskmates IPA is created takes time and effort, but the relentless search for the finest ingredients, the Jameson tradition of triple distillation and the collaboration with a distinctly, flavorful local craft beer is the secret behind the creation of this unique whiskey.
Commenting on the announcement Jean-Christophe Coutures, Chairman and CEO of Irish Distillers, said:
“Irish Distillers has a long history of innovation within the Irish whiskey category and we are incredibly proud of the latest chapter in this story of creative experimentation. This new addition to the Jameson Caskmates family was trialed in the Irish market exclusively since September 2017 and the response has been fantastic. We have no doubt that Jameson Caskmates IPA will be as popular throughout the world as it has been in its homeland of Ireland.”
Dave Quinn, Master of Whiskey Science in Midleton Distillery, added:
“Without the curiosity and collaboration that took place that night in Cork and the expertise, passion and dedication that followed, we may have missed out on what has become a staple innovation within the Jameson family. It’s great to see the range growing so that more craft beer and whiskey fans alike can experience Jameson Caskmates. I recommend that you try the new release on the rocks or paired with a craft IPA but always with good friends over great conversations.”
Sebastien Borda, Brand Director Jameson Irish Whiskey, Pernod Ricard USA, commented;
“Quality and taste have always been our reason to be… Jameson Caskmates IPA was born from the dedication of the whiskey making tradition that John Jameson established in 1780, combined with a relentless pursuit of original and innovative expressions for our whiskeys. Jameson Caskmates IPA brings the crisp, hoppy notes that characterize IPA beer together with the triple-distilled smoothness of Jameson to create a one-of-a-kind and exceptional tasting whiskey.”
Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition comes at 40% Alc./Vol. and retails for a suggested retail price of $29.99.
Source: Jameson Irish Whiskey