Bringing a new understanding to IPAs, Jameson combine their most popular malt with IPA seasoned casks.
Jameson have been around since 1780 so you’d like to think they’d had a few new ideas in that time.
Caskmates is just one of thoseideas and the series includes a Stout matured edition and now an IPA matured edition.
The partnership with the Franciscan Well Brewery in Cork started when the brewery approached Jameson and asked for some casks to mature their Stout. In return, the distillery asked for some casks to mature their Whiskey.
A beautiful friendship resulted and today we have Caskmates. The series combines the flavours of the Franciscan Brewery with the traditions and expertise of Jameson.
The latest edition to the series is an IPA matured blend, and it is excellent.
rather than meaning Indian Pale Ale, which most beer fans will know it as, IPA here means Irish Pale Ale. A nice twist on an old favourite.
The casks were first sent from Jameson to the brewery, and after they had been seasoned with IPA, they were returned to the distillery, where they were filed with Jamesons’ blended malt.
The flavours are brilliant, with the sweetness of the Jameson and the refreshing note of citrus and hops.
The nose begins with grapefruit, lemon and hops. Malted grains with a hint of caramel also comes out.
Nuts and oak wood develop and add a lovey depth, especially to the grains.
The palate is rich and fruity, with a very natural flavour. It has plenty more hops and malted grain, providing a luxurious backdrop for the zest and liveliness of the fruit.
The oak wood is sweet with hints of spice. Cinnamon, vanilla and caramel abound, with big notes of lime.
It has a delicate hint of orchard, with dew covered grass and crisp apples.
The finish lingers on apples, with limes and a little bit of hops.
This is a really exciting innovation from Jameson and it’s great to see them flexing their muscles. Lots more to come as well so keep an eye out.