Jameson Whiskey was founded by John Jameson, who was originally a lawyer in Scotland before he founded his distillery in Dublin in 1780 after his marriage with Margaret Haig, who was the eldest daughter of John Haig, a famous whisky distiller in Scotland.
In 1805, he was joined by his son John Jameson II who assumed responsibility and took over the company later in that year, and for the next 41 years, continued to build up the business which was then handed over to his son John Jameson the 3rd in 1851.
Fast forward to the 19th century, and Jameson had become the second largest whiskey producer in Ireland and one of the largest in the world, producing upwards of 1,000,000 gallons of full-bodied whiskey’s a year. In today’s market space, Jameson is ranked the world’s third largest single distillery whiskey.
Jameson’s Stout Edition whiskey was born as so many other ideas in the alcohol beverage industry are, where Jameson’s Head of Whiskey Science and the Head Brewer were sitting at a local bar bouncing ideas off one another trying to come up with something new and original to complement their existing Jameson product line.
The thought of switching whiskey barrels with beer barrels was questioned and determined to test the concept and flavor and soon after, the Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition was born. This triple-distilled, blended Irish whiskey is slowly finished in Irish craft beer-seasoned barrels.
While aromas of freshly cut hay, green apples, juicy pears, and a twist of lime zest have been claimed, there are also mild hints of spices, green tea, hazelnut, and mild chocolate. Furthermore, this distinguished Irish whiskey provides a sweet taste with subtle notes of hops and cocoa beans which are acquired from the beer cask finish.
Significantly darker in appearance to its counterparts, this unique whiskey has been reported as a distinguished spirit that is richer and heavier than the base spirit with a finish that is brief and somewhat dry and lighter than anticipated with a slight note of black pepper making Jameson Stout Edition an exciting, confusing, and fun experiment gone right.