Tips for tippling: Caskmates is a whiskey that was finished in a stout beer barrel, and that stout beer barrel was previously used to finish Jameson Original Whiskey, and that Jameson Original Whiskey barrel which was first used to make American bourbon. It's like the old lady who swallowed a fly, but with way more alcohol. To drink a whiskey of this pedigree, honor the barrel process by enjoying Caskmates neat or on the rocks, or accompanied with a craft stout beer.
Behind the barrel: Caskmates is like that cousin who really got into craft beer during college. Jameson's head of whiskey science Dave Quinn is friends with the head of the brewery Franciscan Well in Cork. They got to talking and Jameson went ahead and had some barrels, which had aged Jameson Original, sent over to Franciscan to see what might happen to the beer. Six months later, they got their answer in the Franciscan Well Jameson Stout. Then Jameson went and took those barrels back, which were now seasoned with stout, and re-filled them with Jameson Original. The resulting whiskey had a stout finish and chocolate-y notes. So we'd like to go ahead and raise a glass to more beers and whiskies that were finished in matching barrels. So much better than matching Christmas sweaters, and the perfect gift for a beer lover who's been given way too many home brewing kits over the years.