We popped down to Hiver brewery in the heart of Bermondsey’s brewing district, nestled under the archways of the distinctive railway bridges, to discover the newest release from the Jameson distillery – Jameson Caskmates.
The concept is an unusual one, with Jameson Master Distiller, Brian Nation, and the Founder and Head Brewer at Franciscan Well, Shane Long, teaming up after a chance meeting in a local pub. Shane’s microbrewery in Cork sent over six fine stout-infused barrels to brew a brand new beer in. The experiment worked heroically, with Jameson even allowing their hallowed name to grace the bottles. But the next stage was even more unusual. Having housed the stout, the barrels were again used in the ageing process for another batch of Jameson – the Caskmates.What has emerged is a totally unique specimen, sweetly mellowed with chocolatey notes, a little coffee essence and a smooth drinkability that I’ve never experienced. It’s a delicious pairing with the stout itself or with a range of foods, so Disappearing Dining Club took it upon themselves to create a standout menu to match.
We were spoiled with a delicious platter to start with, featuring a special Caskmates poached salmon, wild boar sausage roll, chicken liver parfait, smoked duck breast, pig’s head rilette and a beetroot and fresh and tasty quinoa, fennel, blood orange and goat’s cheese salad. Truth be told, we were pretty full at this stage, but we were happy to soldier on when we saw the next course coming.
The absolutely melt in the mouth slow roasted short rib was worth keeping room for, marinated in Jameson of course, and kept company with some soft and fluffy stuffed potato skins.
The heroes of the experience were undoubtedly the desserts. We tasted the Jameson Caskmates along with the decadent sticky toffee pudding, a creamy and sweet flat white brulée and some specially made rich and chocolatey truffles.
It was an incredible evening and while we were lucky enough to try the new Jameson Caskmates on the night, you can get your hands on it from The Whiskey Exchange for £25.95 – www.thewhiskyexchange.com.
If you’re looking to try a little cocktail with your new bottle, this one is straight from the men themselves –
Jameson Caskmates Black & Gold Cocktail
- 40ml Jameson Caskmates
- 20ml Kahula
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- Delicately build the ingredients in a rocks glass, over ice and stir gently
- Garnish with orange peel