Just released in Canada, Jameson Whiskey Stout Barrel “Caskmates” edition via the SAQ. I was only able to have a little nip of this at lunch when I picked it up but it’s got some incredible flavour and I can’t wait to review it. Here’s a little back story from Jameson on it:
When the Jameson Master Distiller met the Master Brewer from Franciscan Wells for a drink, a plan was hatched to send a few Jameson casks to their brewery down the road for them to age their craft Irish stout. The time came for the casks to return home and our Master Distiller saw an opportunity which piqued his curiosity. He re-filled the stout-seasoned barrels with Jameson Whiskey, and Jameson Caskmates emerged; a whiskey that retains all the triple distilled smoothness of Jameson Original, with a truly unique finish. The subtle suggestion of hops, cocoa and coffee are signposts that it has bumped shoulders with stout; however, Caskmates is undeniably a member of the Jameson family.
Along with blended bourbon’s, it’s super interesting to see all of these new finishes and collaborations whiskey companies are doing with beer brewers, wine companies, and more. It’s way better than the liqueur rout in my opinion [a la flavoured whiskies in honey, apple, cinnamon, etc.] When I drink something with a deliberately altered flavour profile I definitely prefer the original spirit to stay intact rather than get diluted and sweetened.
If you’ve tried it, feel free to leave your opinion in the comments.