I reported earlier this month that Irish Distillers had joined forces with Eight Degrees Brewing to create a unique edition of their beloved Jameson Crested.
Well, I’ve been fortunate to get hold of a sample from Jamesons (thanks!) and you’ll find my sampling notes below.
Jameson Crested Finished in Black Ball Metric Stout Barrels is the next step in an exciting collaboration between Irish Distillers and its Co. Cork neighbour, Eight Degrees, who last year celebrated eight years of adventurous craft beer brewing by releasing a uniquely dark Black Ball Metric Stout finished in Jameson barrels as the last iteration of their Rack ‘em Up Series.
Always seeking an opportunity to innovate, Jameson returned the compliment by selecting a special whiskey to mature in the stout soaked barrels. The result is a stunning evolution of Jameson Crested, with a rich stout influence married with a luscious creamy texture and lingering finish of pot still spices and malt.
A limited-edition release of fewer than 10,000 bottles globally, Jameson Crested Finished in Black Ball Metric Stout Barrels is available from Jameson’s brand home outlets at Bow Street, Dublin, and Midleton, Cork.
It is also available through Jameson’s online shop at jamesonwhiskey.com, priced at €45 (70cl)
From mid-October, it will also be available to air passengers vising the new Dublin Airport shop in Terminal 2.
So, what did I think? Here are my tasting notes …
Tasting Notes – Jameson Crested Finished in Black Ball Metric Stout Barrels (40%)
Nose: Creamy stout, sweet, soaked raisins, crisp apples, chocolate and vanilla. After a while there’s woody aromas with hints of furniture polish and a dusty air!
Palate: Creamy mouthful, sweet chocolate, Christmasy fruits and pleasant shades of orange.
Finish: Smooth mild spice, creamy sweetness with a nice long peppery finish.
Overall: Beyond morish!
– If you’re a Jameson fan (and if not, why not?!) you must try this. If you don’t, you will regret it!
Remember – when-its-gone-its-gone!
Enjoy neat to get the best of this liquid or pair with a craft stout (Black Ball Metric Stout the best suiter).
For something mixed try:
Eight Degrees Stout & Spiced
Ingredients: 40ml Crested x Eight Degrees, 100ml Fever Tree Spiced, Orange Ginger Ale, 3 dashes chocolate bitters.
To Make: Fill a highball glass with ice. Pour in whiskey, bitters and top with spiced ginger ale. Garnish with an orange wedge.
Jameson Products are also available to buy from these Merchants:-