Jameson Irish Whiskey teamed up with Angel City Brewing company from Los Angeles, CA to create this Jameson Caskmates edition.
How does it work?
Jameson loaned Angel City Brewing company some barrels that previously held Jameson whiskey to age their own Irish Imperial Red Ale. Once the ale was finished and bottled, Angel City Brewing sent the barrels back to Jameson, in which they then finished their Irish Whiskey inside of.
So these barrels racked up quite the frequent flyer miles. (Keep in mind the Jameson barrels originally held bourbon at one point)
Angel City Brewing company is based in the Arts District of Los Angeles, California. Their Imperial Irish Red Ale used in this came in at 16% abv.
This Jameson Caskmates release was exclusive to the Los Angeles area. I happened to stumble upon this bottle in Fallbrook, CA.
Let me just say this, it tastes nothing like the standard Jameson Caskmates IPA edition. This is indeed something special.
As with just about everything Jameson releases, it is bottled at 40% abv.
Usually I found triple distilled, low abv Irish whiskey to be pretty boring, but the additional aging from the used Irish Imperial Red Ale barrels really worked well together. It's an enjoyable and unique dram.
Color: Way darker and richer than I expected to see!
Nose: Wow! Lemon rinds/lemon oil bursts out initially. You definitely get the hops influence as well. This is such a treat to smell!
Taste: Impressive. Citrus and hops like a high end IPA without the bitterness. Whiskey comes though nice and mild. Probably the best Jameson I've ever had.
Finish: Medium-short. It doesn't linger too long but it's enjoyable while it's leaving.
I scored this a 7.8 out of 10 neat.
Being that I promised this bottle to a friend, I will now be hunting this one down to see if anybody still has a dusty bottle of this 2016 release hanging out anywhere.
Check out our full video review below. Plus a potential giveaway?:
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