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Jameson Caskmates IPA Review



“Back from Holidays”

Whisky Review # 818

Country: Ireland
Brand: Jameson Caskmates - IPA Edition
Distilled at: Midleton Distillery, Cork
Type: Irish Blended Whiskey
Age: NAS (Probably 3-5 Years)
Alcohol By Volume (ABV): 40%
Maturation: Refill Bourbon. Perhaps some Sherry. Finished in Beer Barrels.
Chill Filtration: Yes
Price Range: US$ 25-35 (July 2019)
Buying Advice: ­čśÉNeutral. It's basically a standard Jameson. P/Q ratio: Okay

Colour:

Golden Amber (Artificially Coloured)

Nose:

Young, Light and Sweet. This is quite close to the Standard Jameson. I don't think it was finished for more than a few months in the Beer Barrels. I only get a few extra floral notes and perhaps a bit of Lemon. The Alcohol is noticeable.

Main Aromas:

Sweet Grain, Sugar-Coated Roasted Nuts, Vanilla, Toffee, Resin, Straw, Orange Marmalade, Lemon, Grapefruit Juice, Wood Pellets and Cinnamon.

Supportive Aroma Accents:

Toasted Barley, Buttered Toast, Honey, Wild Flowers, Green Apple, Pear, Dried Herbs, Mint and Ginger.

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Palate:

Young and mostly Sugary Sweet. A few slightly Bitter and Sour notes as well.

Main Flavours:

Sweet Grains, Sugar-Coated Nuts, Resin, Vanilla, Toffee, Green Apple, Lemon, Grapefruit, Straw, Cinnamon, Ginger, Pepper and Milk Chocolate.

Supportive Flavour Accents:

Honey, Toast, Orange, Pear, Wood Pellets, Cocoa Powder, Herbal Tea, Alcohol and Mint.

Finish:

On the Short side. Basically very Sweet but with a light Bitter note towards the end that seems to be somewhat out of place. I find Sweet Grain, Vanilla, Toffee/Butterscotch, Sugar-Coated Almonds, Green Apple, Grapefruit, Lemon,  Pear, Alcohol, Dusty Track, Toasted Refill Oak, Cocoa Powder, Cinnamon, Mint, Pepper and Herbal Tea.

Drinking Advice:

I added a bit of Water and I actually got a few Beer/Yeast notes on the Nose. The Palate does not improve and the Finish becomes almost non-existing. No need to add Water therefore.

Rating: 78.5

Nose: 20.5 - Taste: 19.5  - Finish: 19 - Overall: 19.5

Drinking Experience Neat: Okay

Drinking Experience on the Rocks: Okay

Conclusion:

On a regular basis, Jameson provides local craft beer brewers with some casks to mature beer. In 2013 the idea was born to try finishing Jameson Whiskey in barrels that were used to produce Stout Beer. The Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition went to the market in 2014 with good results. The Jameson Caskmates IPA is the second edition in these series and has been released in 2017. The distillery used casks of the Franciscan Well Brewery in Cork that were used to make Irish India Pale Ale. As of 2019, barrels from Eight Degrees Brewing, Cork were (also) used  to produce the IPA Edition.

The Jameson IPA disappoints me in so far that I can't find any significant Beer Barrel influence. It's actually dangerously close to a standard Jameson Whiskey. It might be of interest to investigate if a longer Finish would bring significant additional Aromas and Flavours to the the table but as it stands I can't see a bright future for this IPA Edition. Jameson fans can safely stick to the standard expression.

Cheers!

Jan van den Ende                                                                        July 9, 2019

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Teeling Small Batch Review



“ To Be Young, Simple and Hot” 

Whisky Review # 814

Country: Ireland
Brand: Teeling Small Batch (Bottled December 2017)
Bottled by: Teeling Whiskey Company, Newmarket, Dublin
Type: Blended Irish Whiskey
Age: NAS
Alcohol By Volume (ABV): 46%
Maturation: Bourbon Casks (First Fill & Refill) with a Six Months Rum Cask Finish
Chill Filtration: No
Price Range: Around US$ 35-50 (May 2019)
Buying Advice: ­čśÉYoung, Simple and Hot. Good P/Q ratio at around US$ 35. 

Colour:

Chardonnay (Natural Colour)

Nose:

Light, Young and Sweet. A few Sour and Bitter notes as well. Green, Fruity and Grassy tones. The Grain Alcohol is quite noticeable. A bit on the Dry side.

Main Aromas:

Malted Cereals, Cake and Cream, Vanilla, Fresh Herbs, Warm Apple-Pie with a dollop of Cinnamon, Grass and Green Vegetables, Sour Berries, Orange, Raisins and a bit of Nutmeg.

Supportive Aroma Accents:

Caramel, Honey, Pear, Lemon, Nuts, Fresh Oak, White Chocolate, Dusty Track and some Sour Cherries.

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Palate:

Light and Young. The Grain Alcohol remains quite noticeable. On the Palate I find a mix of Sweet, Bitter and Sour notes. Again, quite Green and Grassy.

Main Flavours:

Toasted Cereals, Vanilla, Apple, Pear, Grass, Green Vegetables, Straw, Orange, Lemon, Raisins, Cinnamon, Pepper and Nutmeg.

Supportive Flavour Accents:

Honey-Melon, Unripe Bananas, Herbal Tea, Nectarine, White Chocolate, Young Rum and Licorice.

Finish:

Young, Short, Bitter-Sweet, Sour and a little Hot. Quite Dry towards the end. Green and Grassy notes remain in the lead. The Alcohol does spoil a bit of the fun. I find Toasted Cereals, Yeast, Caramel, Honey, Grass & Green Vegetables, Straw, Dried Herbs, Pepper, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Charred Oak and Nectarines. Despite its Youth, it presents a mild Creaminess.

Drinking Advice:

I added a few drops of Water and the Alcohol retreats which is good. Fruity and Malty this way. A bit of Butter as well. The Nose becomes quite Thin though. Palate and Finish become respectively Thin and almost Non-Existent. Like young Rum or Tequila almost. Better sip it neat although you might consider adding a few drops before Nosing.

Rating: 80

Nose: 20 - Taste: 20 - Finish: 20 - Overall: 20

Drinking Experience Neat: Okay/Good

Drinking Experience on the Rocks: Light but Good

Conclusion:

In 1989, John Teeling started the Cooley Distillery together with his sons Jack and Stephen. John sold the distillery in 2011 to Beam-Suntory. Part of the agreement was that Teeling retained 16.000 casks of ageing Cooley Whiskey. In 2012, Jack and Stephen founded Teeling Whiskey Company, bottling the Cooley casks under the Teeling label. Subsequently they founded a new distillery in the year 2015 in Dublin but also continue to bottle the sourced Cooley casks that have aged sufficiently.

The Teeling Small Batch is a Blend of around 35% Malt Whiskey and 65% Grain Whiskey. It's a NAS expression but it's said to be at least 5 Years old. I must admit I like the Teeling policy. Good ABV, Natural Colour and Non Chill-Filtered. I would almost say that in this case the ABV is a tad too high for the Young and Underdeveloped Spirit. If you can buy it at around 35 US Dollars, the P/Q ratio is quite okay. Don't expect heaven though as the Grain Alcohol rules big time. But if you like a Young, Grassy, Green and slightly Rough Irish Whiskey you should be okay at this Price-Level. Personally I think it's too Young, Edgy and Simple to consider as a sipping Whiskey but it's okay on the Rocks and that's how I'm going to finish the 1 liter bottle I bought at the Travel Retail Shop at Sao Paulo Airport.

Cheers!

Jan van den Ende                                                                     May 1, 2019