Following a “successful” trial run in Ireland, Irish Distillers has launched Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition, an Irish whiskey finished in IPA beer barrels.The new expression joins Jameson’s Caskmates range, and follows the launch of Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition. Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition is the result of a collaboration between Brian Nation, master distiller in Midleton Distillery, Dave Quinn, master of whiskey science in Midleton Distillery, and Franciscan Well founder and head brewer, Shane Long. Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition is a triple-distilled Irish whiskey finished in craft IPA-seasoned barrels. It is described as featuring the “signature smoothness of Jameson alongside hints of light hops, fresh citrus and floral notes”. It is recommended served neat, on the rocks, or paired with a beer. The partnership began in 2013 when Midleton agreed to lend some Jameson casks to the brewery in order for it to experiment with the influence of Irish whiskey casks on stout. Jean-Christophe Coutures, chairman and CEO of Irish Distillers, said: “This new addition to the Jameson Caskmates family was trialed in the Irish market exclusively since September 2017 and the response has been fantastic. We have no doubt that Jameson Caskmates IPA will be as popular throughout the world as it has been in its homeland of Ireland.” Quinn added: “Without the curiosity and collaboration that took place that night in Cork and the expertise, passion and dedication that followed, we may have missed out on what has become a staple innovation within the Jameson family. “It’s great to see the range growing so that more craft beer and whiskey fans alike can experience Jameson Caskmates. I recommend that you try the new release on the rocks or paired with a craft IPA but always with good friends over great conversations.” Bottled at 40% abv, Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition is available from December 2017 in the US and January 2018 in Ireland. It is available at an RRP of €38.