Back in the late 1700’s, there were two powerful distilling families in Ireland—the Haigs and the Steins. John Jameson was originally from Scotland, but married into the family and moved to Dublin in 1777 where he was put in charge of the new Bow Street Distillery, founded in 1780. He acquired the entire operation in 1810, and the Jameson & Son Distillery Company came into being.
Jameson used to enjoy sharing a drink and a story with his workers at the end of their work shift, and to this day, you'll see two barrel men balanced on either side on the bottom of the label. These two men symbolize the generations of Jameson workers who have labored with passion and commitment to producing Irish Whiskey. Since then Jameson has become the most recognizable and best-selling Irish Whiskey in the world with a wide-ranging product line delivering over 56 million bottles of golden Irish nectar each year.
So… the head distiller at Jameson was having a late night conversation with the brewmaster at Franciscan Well Brewery in Cork, Ireland. The two men hatched a plan. Jameson would send over a bunch of empty Whiskey casks and Franciscan’s would use it to mature their barrel-aged Stout lager. Then, he would send those casks back to—you guessed it—age the Irish Whiskey. “Caskmates,” get it?
Turns out that this was a bloody good idea! What you get is a classic Irish Whiskey that radiates an aroma with a subtle hop-iness and a few crushed almonds, among other things.
You know it’s Jameson but there’s something more. Slightly oily. Less vanilla. Floral. Spice (in a separate tasting). Maybe oak. My wife loves stouts but not a whiskey fan yet she enjoys this. Very smooth
This was some very smooth Irish Whiskey. Highly Recommend this bottle.
One of my favorite of the Jameson offerings. A nice sipping whiskey for the price.
Nice, drinkable and smooth. A very pleasant surprise.
I fine sipping whiskey, and I think I prefer it over the other Jameson selections I have tried.
My favorite Jameson version to date. Great balance between flavor and price.
Wasn’t too overly impressed. Couldn’t taste the stout nor an impression of it. Very standard Jameson just slightly aged taste. It’s a bit overpriced for the taste.
Surprisingly drinkable! Chocolate meets stout for something you can sip on all day!
Very smooth and great finish.
Good flavor, enjoyed this more than most Jameson.
A new favorite of mine, preferred over any of the other Jameson drinks. Good start and finish, great for sipping without additions, my go-to when I'm not looking for a strong traditional scotch.
One of my new favorites. Smooth but with a kick.
I liked it , made a few Irish car bombs, went and sat down pretty well
Very very smooth. I normally avoid Jameson like the plague but this one really surprised me. Sweeter taste than I expected.
Good drinking whiskey.
I definitely pick up some notes of coffee and chocolate that I don’t in normal Jameson. I definitely enjoyed trying it.
A tad mellow, but enjoyable
I prefer whiskey to taste like whiskey, not hops.
My favorite jameson...even get people who do not normally drink whisky straight to give it a go...and no complaints yet
I received this as a birthday gift. It was fantastic. A mellow but fullbodied flavor. I wouldn't have chosen it for myself, but I am certainly glad someone chose it for me.
Very mellow, but not much character.
One of the most smooth whiskeys I have had.
A bit more mellow than I would like.
Always a Jameson fan. But this one is one of my favorites. You can drink think on any occasion and feel great about it.
Great for a quality irish old-fashioned but to bitey for my liking
Very nice and smooth! Well worth a purchase!A bit mellower than the regular Jameson
I only bought because it's an older bottle that has a different label than available now. It's the same as the original and arrived damaged.
Very smooth... alltime whisky
Love this one! great finish
Very nice and smooth! Well worth a purchase!
Nice stout aftertaste
Very nice. A bit mellower than the regular Jameson I usually drink. Great night cap.
Nice taste but I like regular Jaminson
Incredible smoothness and fantastic finish.
Good but not smooth original jameson is better
Nice, but nothing more. Terribly overpirced here...
Great Stout aftertaste
Chuck for your buck, one of my favorites.
I love stouts and porters and this was an excellent pairing. Felt chocolatey with a smooth finish. Really enjoyed this one.
Having the Stout edition (being a huge stout and porter fan) This was very smooth with nice chocolate notes with the slight bitterness of the stout along with the typical Jameson taste, this is awesome. Worthy of at least a taste!
Not as good as black barrel but, still very tasty
Really enjoyed it. Very smooth. Definitely taste chocolate notes and cream.
Love the stout edition not sure about the ipa
I got the stout version and was very pleased with it. Smooth with hints of malt and coffee.
Creamy. Friendly. Malty.
Very fruit forward and sweet. Really delicious.
Smooth and easy to drink, interesting the aroma of hops along with the caramel, coffee and ripe fruit. Medium to long sweet finish
Good solid drinking whiskey.
Sweet and smooth. Very tasty!
I started my whiskey love affair with Jameson but have since moved to bourbon. I’ll always have a fondness for Jameson and this one is a more complex and interesting iteration than the original. Delicious!
Irish stout version.
A great smooth whisky
Great as a side shot with a good IPA or porter.
I have to say Its enjoyable. Im not a fan of Jameson, but this is something cheap to keep around.
Not a fan. Far too fruity
Good as I am not a big fan of regular Jameson but the caskmates series has a deeper flavor profile.
Yep, this is better than many of the $80 bottles of whiskey in my bar. Great flavor.
This isn’t bad, but prefer standard Jameson
Definitely more refined than it's standard variety, deeper flavors with more bite.
Really great tasting whiskey. It has become one of my top five bottles to have on my bar.
Would have to say Caskmates is probably the favorite of my collection.
Easy drinking and very smooth
Smooth and enjoyable anytime
I have the stout version. Quite good.
too sweet for my taste
Beautiful blended taste. Great whiskey with a bitter aftertaste
Being a Jameson fan I do have to say this is now my favorite
Good for the price
Kind Of sweet, almost like Canadian.
Lacks character. Offered no true differentiating flavor from true Jameson.
Love this. Creamier then the original.
Great go to. Nice flavor and easy on the pocketbook.
Solid whiskey choice. Smooth, flavorful, warm.
A great alternative for Jameson loyalists
Purchased in their three pack and was my favorite of the three.
St. Patrick's Day norm.
Decent, nothing to write home about but I'm not mad at it.
Slightly clinical taste, perhaps it was the bar, but a nice enough finish and easy on the palate.
It's okay, but really didn't care fir it. I won't buy it again!
I really enjoyed the Caskmates from Jameson. Nice warm beginning, smooth but yet let's you know what you sipped, and a crisp finish, but the in between is the best, carmely and almost buttery along with fruit hints, nice mouth feel. All in all very well done, I would think anyone would enjoy it whether your a avid whisky drinker or just to have a sip every once and awhile.
Average at best. I like the smokier black label better
I did not expect to like this but I really enjoyed it. The nose of vanilla was pleasant the entire dram.
I was spectacularly unimpressed with this whiskey.
Nice smooth flavor
Very smooth. Great nose with clear hints of butterscotch and chocolate.
Excellent flavor and smoothness...well worth the price.
I found this lacking, not as good as I had hoped.
Wonderful whisky just mixture of kick and comfort.
Soooooooooo smooth ! With a nice ,slightly sweet finish.I will be looking for more very soon.
Nicest wiskey ever
It was as expected, smooth and delicious!
I'm a huge Jameson fan, this was a great sipper. Very smooth and didn't last long on the bar.
A delicious glass to come home to
Very woody and delicious
This is my go to drink. Mothers milk. The only thing you should add is a glass and ice. Nothing else.
Smooth and just
A bit sharp, didn't mellow or open well even with an ice cube added.
While more interesting than Jameson, it's aroma still fails when compared to Bourbon. The low alcohol of both scotch and Irish whiskies still disappoints.
Solid go to, great blend for the price
Another great Jameson whiskey. Everything you expect from a Jameson up front but surely a little punch from the cask (in this case, port) on the back end. Just opened the bottle and nearly half gone.
Easy to drink
Smooth. Best version of Jameson I've had.
Great stuff, me and the wife visited Ireland last year,couldn´t get her away from the bar in Cork.Wonderful .We came all the way from Brasil,could have stayed much longer ,great Irish hospitlatity.
We´ll be back.
Smooth as silk
Smooth, quality flavor, a little smoke to it
Great go to daily drinket
The best Irish whiskey I've had so far
It's definitely smooth with a nice finish
It's very smooth and drinkable.
The stout finish, and smooth malty opening is exactly what you are looking for in a cask-aged whiskey.
I love this one. Goes really well with a stout.
Really enjoy this. Cinnamon flavor.
It's my go to. This stuff is fantastic.
The stout edition is very nice, I'd love to find the stout that was aged in the Jameson barrels for a pairing!