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.
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!