Following a successful trial in the Irish market in September 2017, Irish Distillers has announced that Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition is to be released worldwide over the coming months.

Caskmates IPA Edition is the result of a collaboration between Irish Distillers and Cork-based craft brewery, Franciscan Well. In 2013 Brian Nation, Master Distiller in Midleton Distillery, and Dave Quinn, Master of Whiskey Science in Midleton Distillery, met Franciscan Well Founder and Head Brewer, Shane Long, in a local Cork bar. The two men from Midleton agreed to loan Shane a few Jameson casks, to be filled with a stout and then returned to be refilled with Jameson.

The resulting Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition was released in 2015 and since then the brewery and distiller have collaborated on a number of releases. For the latest release, the team in Midleton was curious to try out a new style of beer and settled on a zesty IPA.

Having been filled in craft IPA seasoned barrels, the triple distilled Irish whiskey features the signature smoothness consumers expect from the style, but with hints of hops, fresh citrus and floral notes. The whiskey can be served neat, on the rocks, or paired with a beer.

Since launching in 2015, Jameson Caskmates has found its way to over 40 markets worldwide and is known for its innovative tastes.

Commenting on the announcement, Jean-Christophe Coutures, Chairman and CEO of Irish Distillers, said “Irish Distillers has a long history of innovation within the Irish whiskey category and we are incredibly proud of the latest chapter in this story of creative experimentation. This new addition to the Jameson Caskmates family was trialed in the Irish market exclusively since September 2017 and the response has been fantastic. We have no doubt that Jameson Caskmates IPA will be as popular throughout the world as it has been in its homeland of Ireland”.

Bottled at 40% ABV, Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition is available from December 2017 in the USA and January 2018 in Ireland.

By Mark Murphy, FFT.ie.