Finishing is something that has been done for a while but there has been a noticeable explosion of different cask finishes from wine, ale, rum, port etc. My experience has been mixed and I haven’t tried a whisky yet that is better than any sherry finished malt. Glenmorangie are known to experiment a lot with casks and other distilleries have followed suite. Jameson’s have also got in on the game and have produced this stout edition and also released an IPA edition. This stout edition is the traditional triple distilled blended Jameson but finished in stout barrels from a local brewery. I have not come across a stout finished whisky before so am very intrigued.
Whisky: Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition Blended Irish Whiskey, 40%
Nose: Chocolate, mocha, ale, hops, brown sugar, honey
Taste: Bitter dark chocolate, malt, coffee, dark fruits, roasted nuts, cloves
Finish: Chilli chocolate, bitter hops
Summary: This is a very distinctive whisky. I had my reservations about whether this was a gimmick but having enjoyed a few glasses I have been won over. The stout influence is there and is fascinating to experience how it has an impact on the whisky. I would suggest you try this alongside the traditional Jameson and you will be able to see what difference the stout finish has made. There is a nice chocolate and hop note throughout with a touch of spice. At about £20 or less when on offer I think this is a bargain.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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