After an extended courtship, Jameson and Young Henrys are ready to take their relationship to the next level with the launch of the unique, limited edition whiskey Jameson Caskmates Young Henrys Edition. This new whiskey is pure Jameson at its finest with a local twist – the whiskey was aged in beer-seasoned barrels.
Following Young Henrys’ highly successful limited release Craic & Barrel, an Irish Red Ale aged in Jameson Irish Whiskey casks, it seemed only right that the Irish distillery returns the favour. Ten freshly-soaked red ale barrels were emptied then shipped back 17,000km from Newtown, Sydney to Jameson’s home in Midleton where they were reacquainted with smooth, mature Irish whiskey.
Thus, Jameson Caskmates Young Henrys Edition was born. The whiskey possesses new notes of caramel, malt and subtle hops all supported by a mild pot still spiciness.
In the spirit of true collaboration, the Young Henrys crew followed their barrels back to Ireland where they were immersed in the Irish craftsmanship of the limited release. They have the selfies to prove it.
Oscar, Dan and Andy spent time with 5th generation Master Cooper Ger Buckley and the Head of Whiskey Science David Quinn who pioneered the idea of exchanging barrels. “At the end of the day, making a great beer, or a great whiskey comes down to collaborations and friendships; both of which have driven innovation and discovery throughout Jameson History,” said David. “Young Henry’s have a passion for making great beer, but also different types of beer and experimenting are at the heart of what they do – we here at Jameson love to do as well.”
An extremely limited amount of Jameson Caskmates Young Henrys Edition will be available at Vintage Cellars and other select venues across Australia early October 2017 for RRP $59.
Enjoy it neat, on the rocks or alongside a Young Henrys Newtowner and be sure to check out our interview with Young Henrys Co-Founder Oscar McMahon.