After Jameson lent out whiskey barrels for craft-beer aging via its Drinking Buddies program, the company is now making use of these barrels the other way.
Jameson has announced Caskmates: whiskey aged in stout beer barrels.
Irish microbrewery Franciscan Well and Jameson shared casks to create a whiskey combining the smoothness of Jameson Original with the richness of stout, the company said.
Caskmates was created by two friends: Dave Quinn, Master of Whiskey Science at Jameson Distillery, and Shane Long, Head Brewer at local Irish micro-brewery Franciscan Well.
Following the initial idea, Jameson shared its proprietary oak whiskey barrels from the Midleton Distillery with Franciscan Well, who created a “unique” Irish stout aged in Jameson barrels, the company said. Returning the gesture, the now stout-seasoned barrels were sent back to the distillery to be refilled with Jameson Original.
As a result of its time spent in the stout-seasoned barrels, Jameson Caskmates has the triple-distilled smoothness of Jameson, but now with new added notes of coffee, cocoa, and hops, the company said.
Jameson Caskmates, suggested retail price $29.99, is now available in select retailers and neighborhood bars nationwide.