When you ask me to come out for a tasting of whiskey and beer, I’ll be there.
Recently the good people at Jameson invited me out for a tasting of Jameson Caskmates along with a mix of hand-picked craft beers, which made for quite a nice evening.
For those of you that don’t know, Jameson Caskmates is aged in craft stout-seasoned barrels for rich flavours of coffee, cocoa, and a subtle touch of hops. To the eye, it’s a brilliant gold and is strong with aromas of crisp green apple, and pear.
On the palate, it’s rich and smooth with a mouth-coating sweetness that is balanced by the hops that appear as roasted grains and cocoa.
NOSE: crisp orchard fruits like green apples and pears, mild pot still spices
TASTE: subtle touch of hops and cocoa beans, marzipan and charred oak
FINISH: long and sweet with milk chocolate and butterscotch
That covers the whiskey, and now the beer:
HOWL FARMHOUSE ALE
Brewery: Amsterdam Brewery
Location: Leaside & Queen’s Quay, Toronto
Price: $4.95/500 ml bottle.
Availability: There are a few bottles left at Amsterdam Brewery’s retail stores in Leaside, a new version of this beer is produced and released every few months as part of Amsterdam’s Adventure Series.
HESTU’S GIFT IIPA
Brewery: Indie Alehouse
Location: The Junction, Toronto
Price: $5.75/500 ml bottle.
Availability: Indie Alehouse Brewpub Retail Store
BRICKS & MORTAR COFFEE PORTER
Brewery: Left Field Brewery
Location: Leslieville, Toronto
Price: $5.45/500 ml.
All the beer selections were superb on their own, but a funny thing happened when I drank each of the beers before drinking the Jameson, I found that the beer cleansed my palette and made the whiskey have a more vibrate taste.
Thus as I drank the beer each time it re-cleaned my palette opening it up to really feel, taste and experience Jameson in a whole new way.
Haven’t tried it for yourself, I advise that you do, the beer and whiskey made for great selections, and the idea made for a spirited night indeed.
For more info on Jameson Caskmates visit their website today, and please remember to always drink responsibly.
Jameson Castmates is available at the LCBO for $40.