Type: Irish Whiskey
Score: 91 points
This limited-edition Jameson expression was a collaboration between Irish Distillers and the Franciscan Well craft brewery in nearby Cork. Midleton Distillery supplied several casks for Franciscan Well to mature its Jameson Stout, and when the brewery returned the casks to Midleton, they were filled with Jameson as an experiment. Six months later, the experiment was deemed a success at the distillery (and only then did they tell the marketing department about it), and approximately 3,500 bottles were produced. A second batch is in the planning stages, though.
The nose is smooth and luscious with great dark chocolate and cocoa notes along with honey, caramel, toasted oak, and a hint of allspice. The taste still has the usual Jameson pepperiness balanced by notes of oak, dark chocolate, caramel, honey, and just a tiny bit of happiness. The finish is very long with a tiny bit of oakiness, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee beans, and touches of vanilla and honey. (October, 2014)