I am beginning to lose count of the variations of Jameson whiskey I have tried to date. Their range is ever expanding and I find it bewildering sometimes. I get the feeling that they just want to churn out as many variations as possible to cash in on the recent hype around Irish whiskey. Don’t get me wrong, I do like the standard Jameson and the Crested offers great value for money but when a company throws so many bottles out onto the market I start to lose interest because the market is so saturated. This isn’t a cheap hobby so I am not willing to drink everything and anything that gets released, I prefer to take a more measured approach and I would advise you do too. Anyway, the idea behind the Caskmates series is to finish the standard Jameson in different casks to add a twist. I happened to spot the stout edition on offer at my local supermarket for £20 and gave it a try…. and I loved it. I was not in a rush to try this one because I wouldn’t expect and IPA cask to impart much flavour on the whisky due to its light flavour profile, but having spotted this on offer at £20 I thought I should give it a go.
Whisky: Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition Blended Whiskey, 40%
Nose: Barley sugar, oriental sweet spice, hops, apple, oranges, cinnamon
Taste: Hints of tropical fruit, butterscotch, light honey, ginger, chocolate
Finish: Short and dry, ginger and chocolate
Summary: I was kind of right and kind of wrong. This is a light whisky and you have to try quite hard to pick many notes apart from the generic fruity sweetness and light hops. It is pleasant but the flavours come and go. It is too light in comparison to the full on flavours I got from the stout edition. It is still an enjoyable whisky and ideal for a summer session. I wouldn’t pay more than £20 for this and would suggest you go for the stout edition if you had to choose as you will get more character from that version.
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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