Irish Distillers has confirmed that Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition is to receive a global release, following a successful trial run in Ireland in September 2017.
Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition is a triple distilled Irish whiskey finished in IPA seasoned barrels. The resulting whiskey is smooth but with light hints of hops, and features fresh floral and citrus notes. It can be served neat, on the rocks or paired with a beer.
The IPA Edition is the latest in a line of beer inspired Jameson releases. The line began in 2013 when Brian Nation, Master Distiller in Midleton Distillery, and Dave Quinn, Master of Whiskey Science in Midleton Distillery, met Franciscan Well Founder and Head Brewer, Shane Long, in a local Cork bar. Having previously hit it off with stout, the team in Midleton were curious to try a new beer – eventually settling on an IPA.
The Midleton masters agreed to loan some Jameson casks to the brewery for them to leave stout in for a number of months, and when the stout-seasoned barrels were returned to Midleton Distillery, Dave Quinn re-filled them with Jameson Irish whiskey – a finishing process that created Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition, released in 2015.
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 trialled 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.”
Bottled at 40% ABV, Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition is available from December 2017 in the USA and January 2018 in Ireland. RRP is €38.