Jameson Caskmates - Beau's Irish Red Ale Cask

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It's a rare treat for us in Ontario to have access to an exclusive bottling of anything, let alone an Irish whiskey and so, imagine my surprise to see that Jameson Caskmates' Beau's Edition had finally hit LCBO shelves this past December!

The partnership, described here in a post from early 2018, has yielded a transatlantic cross pollination of flavour between eastern Ontario's Beau's All Natural Brewing Co. and a giant in the Irish whiskey category.

Bottled at 40% ABV, this limited edition expression is unique to the Ontario market and features the classic triple distilled Jameson whiskey finished in casks that previously held Beau's Strong Patrick Irish Red Ale.  

Nose: Green apple and pear drop hard candies mixed with herbal resin tones accompanied by a delicate vanilla note. 

Palate: Butterscotch sweetness meets geraniums. There's a muddled fruity flavour that's hard to pull apart and quite a bit of resinous woody spice in this full-bodied dram.  A generous splash of water brings out more butterscotch and takes some of the heat out of the herbal and spicy elements.

Finish: Dry and medium long with bitter cocoa powder and loads of spice showing up on the warming finish. 


Overall: Jameson Caskmates Beau's Edition is an interesting experiment but I must say that it's not a particularly compelling dram. As I've written before, beer finishes seem to be a difficult trick to pull off for whisky makers as the hop flavours seem to concentrate and distort the flavour of the whisky and bring out bitter herbal notes. A resinous astringency and spicy herbal note dominate the palate on this one and, while the addition of water softens their presence by bringing out more butterscotch sweetness, I'm left with a dry, somewhat bitter, whisky lacking in nuance. For the price, $41.95 in the LCBO, it's not a bad whisky but beyond it's novelty it doesn't do much for me. 






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