So, when we heard that Jameson partnered with Irish brewer Franciscan Well on an experimental batch of whiskey, our interest was piqued. As with many great ideas, the concept was born when two long-time friends were having a drink (Jameson, no doubt) at a small pub two years ago. Luckily for whiskey lovers, these two friends are David Quinn, the Head of Whiskey Science at Jameson, and Shane Long, the Founder and Brew Master of Franciscan Well.
Franciscan Well is built on an old monastery that dates back to 1219, just down the road from the Jameson Distillery in Cork, Ireland. Much like the Jameson Distillery, Fransican Well combines modern production techniques with rich, Irish tradition. Long asked Quinn if he could borrow used Jameson barrels to age his stout. Once he had the Jameson barrels, the Master Brewer aged his stout in the casks, allowing the beer to soak up the taste of Jameson and become Franciscan Well Shandon Stout (Jameson Cask). We can confirm from our visit to the Distillery last month that the resulting stout is definitely worth trying, with an incredibly warm whiskey finish. Unfortunately, the beer is not available in the U.S., so start looking up travel deals now.
And, not surprisingly, two great things made a third great thing. Jameson Caskmates still has the characteristic smoothness of Jameson, but with fresh notes from the stout. The whiskey has a hearty aroma of coffee, cocoa and fresh barley, which leads to a palate filled with honey, vanilla cream and a slight hop flavor. The finish is rich and smooth, with pronounced notes of toffee, caramel and bitter chocolate.
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