Many associate the word “whiskey” with “Scotch”, that is whiskey of Scottish origin. However, when we talk about whiskey, we have to mention Irish whiskey. This “rivalry” has been going on for ages. In fact, it’s said that the Irish produced whiskey before the Scots.

And indeed, they have every reason to be proud for taking the lead, as the first permit ever given for whiskey distillation was for Irish whiskey back in 1608. The Irish themselves even claim that they produced and drank whiskey two centuries earlier, in the 14th century.

Their longstanding rivalry, however, is not just limited to which country has the oldest tradition in whiskey production. When the Scottish say “whisky”, the Irish respond with “whiskey”. Allegedly, Irish distillers added the “e” at the end of the 19th century in an attempt to differentiate their whiskey from Scotch. Additionally, Scots use double distillation while the Irish use triple, giving their whiskey a different flavour profile. Triple distillation is the distinguishing feature between the two whiskeys, as it makes the finished product clearer and lighter in taste.

Jameson is the best-selling Irish whiskey. Produced from the best Irish barley and crystal-clear water, it is matured in oak barrels which were used for aging bourbon and sherry. With a history dating back 239 years, when John Jameson established his distillery in Dublin in 1780, Jameson is now considered the favourite Irish whiskey across the world, travelling to more than 100 countries every year.

As one of the few companies that like to experiment and pioneer, Jameson presented Jameson Caskmates a few years back, which harmoniously combines two traditions that the Irish are famed for; whiskey and dark beer. In the early 19th century, at the end of an exhausting day, steam locomotive workers used to drink a beer to quench their thirst, and whiskey to relax.

In December 2013, drawing inspiration from this historic habit, Dave Quinn (Jameson’s Master Distiller) and Shane Long (Franciscan Well’s Master Brewer) decided to create something innovative. Dave Quinn sent a few Jameson barrels to Franciscan Well, which were used during the maturing process of stout beer. The barrels were later returned to the Jameson distillery and were then used during the final stage of maturing a small quantity of Jameson Irish Whiskey. This resulted in the creation of Jameson Caskmates, which combines the smooth and light profile of Jameson Irish Whiskey with the creamy character and rich aromas of Fransciscan Well’s stout beer.

The series’ latest edition, Jameson Caskmates IPA, came about in the exact same way. The Jameson family’s new whiskey harmoniously combines Jameson’s sweetness with a refreshing note of the hop citrus fruit.

The series’ latest edition, Jameson Caskmates IPA, came about in the exact same way. The Jameson family’s new whiskey harmoniously combines Jameson’s sweetness with a refreshing note of the hop citrus fruit.