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I live in Scotland and I like whisky. That's my conflict of interest statement given now. I've tried many types of whiskies and too many different expressions to count. Despite this I'm no expert. I've always liked a sip of Jameson Whiskey. Smooth, sweet and tasty. Easy drinking. However, I quite liked my single malts and the complex flavours they incorporated. So fast forward to a weekend away in Cork(current home of Jameson Whiskey) for the Cork Jazz Festival (highly recommended, by the way) and an opportunity to taste some Irish Whiskey. All triple distilled and really very smooth. The stand out for me was the Jameson Stout Edition. Seems like a perfect idea! Why with all the different cask editions nowadays hadn't anybody thought about this sooner? Anyway, I drink it with a single cube of ice. It has the smooth and sweet characteristics of standard Jameson but you can taste the creaminess, hopiness, caramel and almost sherry like flavour! It really works. I finished the bottle I bought from Cork far too quickly. Thank you Amazon for stocking this. It now a solid favourite of mine. Original review 5*.
Update: Christmas has come and gone but with it came an opportunity to try many different single malts. The jameson is less complex and lacks depth of flavour when compared with other malts. Still very easy drinking and costing less than half the price of others. I would still recommend giving this a try. Reduced to a 4 star rating.
I had already bought this wonderful whisky in the past, and needed to replenish my stock...Difficult, as it was a limited edition, but thanks to Amazon, I got it ! It is smooth, you can taste the porter in the "background", a marvellous drink.
My first Irish Whiskey bottle, and judging by this experience...not the last! I first got wind of this dram when it topped a newspaper online experts’ poll of the best Irish Whiskey (I think it was the Guardian?) and was pleasantly suprised it less than £20! Jameson’s Caskmates is their standard whiskey (I believe) finished off in a stout cask (there is also an IPA version). It is recommended you drink it with a stout, I tried it with a pint of Guinness Original and it worked very nicely indeed! However, I drank most of it neat as that’s how I like and the only way, in my opinion, you can tell if a whiskey’s good or not, Coke or mixer or whatever can make any crap taste reasonable to good, and this whiskey on its own is unbelievably good at this price point! A nice, not overpowering smell, the stour finish is obvious an overall sweet taste I’d say and a subtle, almost liquorice style stout kick with a bit of hops and a rich, coffee like flavour after taste. Best £20 I ever spent!
I personally think this is the better of the two caskmates range that I have tried to date, the other being an IPA caskmates edition. Not surprising perhaps as I would consider myself a stout drinker, either the popular/commercially branded varieties, such as Guinness, Murphys, Beamish, or craft stouts, chocolate, coffee or variations on those themes. However, while it definitely effects the taste, in my opinion, this is still definitely and discernibly Jameson whiskey.
I thought this was a very smooth whiskey, I drank it without water or ice and would not use a mixer with it (as I have done with bourbon whiskeys). Which is how I would recommend anyone buying this at least try drinking it, even if you decide to have it with water or over ice afterwards. Its an excellent drink and I could see it being the perfect accompaniment for an actual pint or glass of craft beer (in this instance a stout), which I know is a fashion among some drinkers too. Recommended.
This is the ordinary jameson smoothed out a little. I've always found the original to be a little too alcoholy smelling compared to others from Midleton. With this finished in the stout casks, it leaves a very slight cream taste which beautifully blends out any of the harsher tones. I've noticed a lot of bars now stocking this, so you might want to try a measure before you buy, but at this price, I don't really think that's necessary. Don't be fooled into thinking this whiskey tastes anything like beer, it doesn't. The stout casks rounds the jameson out into something much creamier and mellow.
So, I suppose Jameson has changed a lot since the 1990s or perhaps I've just discovered any other whiskey - It has been a while since I had a whiskey that was this harsh and flavourless... oh, well there was the trip I took through Scottish Bog Whiskey land - ugh, bog-swamp-nasty whiskey is much worse. If you have to choose, you should certainly opt for Jameson; however, if you have an option other than bog whiskey, you're probably going to be happier with that, than this.
Simple - I didn't like Jameson's Caskmates Stout - I didn't like it so much, I will not be attempting to find out whether Jameson makes any other whiskey that isn't as bad.
Jameson is one of my go to whiskeys and I didn't think it would be possible to improve on that smooth, full flavour. I'm happy to be proved wrong because this Caskmates variation takes the fruitiness and slight vanilla cream from the original Jameson whiskey to make it even smoother and with a pleasant floral taste along with a hint of chocolate from the stout.
I don't know if I'll go back to the regular Jameson because this is a new favourite. It's definitely one to have in stock to share with friends on St Patrick's Day or any other occasion.
Hmmmm I don't really know what to say about this one, not a massive fan, maybe it's because I read so many good reviews beforehand and hyped it up too much, maybe it's because I've been drinking decent single malts recently and this doesn't compare. It's not too bad, don't get me wrong, just doesn't overwhelm me like I thought it would. However, I am more of a heavily peated fan, which this isn't, so certainly give it a try if you can get it for about £20
First off: this is not a purists whiskey, but that's no bad thing, and I'll explain why. Aging it in the stout casks adds a creamy richness, and unique notes that I've never tasted in a whiskey before or since. The result is a brilliantly enjoyable taste experience, and a whiskey that I find myself choosing in preference to a host of old-favourites that fill my booze cupboard. Highly recommended!