Jameson launches second Bow Street whiskey

Jameson Irish Whiskey, which is produced by Irish Distillers in Midleton Distillery, has announced the launch of a second batch of Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength ahead of St Patrick’s Day.

Available from August 2019, the second batch follows on from the first Bow Street cask-strength whiskey last year.

It is the only cask strength Jameson to be available globally, and is finished in Dublin’s only live maturation house in the Jameson Distillery Bow Street.

Distilled and matured at the Midleton Distillery, Co. Cork, Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength is a blend of both pot still and grain whiskeys distilled in the late 1990s and aged for 18 years in both ex-Bourbon and Sherry casks.

These whiskeys are then married together and filled into first-fill ex-Bourbon American casks for a final six to 12 months in the Maturation House at the Jameson Distillery Bow Street. ‘Marrying’ is a traditional method of re-casking batches of vatted whiskey and re-warehousing it to ensure infusion before bottling.

Billy Leighton, master blender at Midleton Distillery, said: “As a tribute to the Jameson distilling legacy in Smithfield, we’ve introduced some methods that would have been employed in days past. The final maturation period in Bow Street is our nod to the traditional “marrying” method. We’ve put our own Jameson stamp on it by using first-fill Bourbon barrels, whereas the traditional approach would be to use casks multiple times. I like to think of the whiskey getting engaged in Midleton and then “married” in Dublin!”

The bottle features 18 “facets”, one for each year of maturation, and a unique copper coin located underneath Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength bottles provides Jameson fans with access to an exclusive online portal.

The second batch is bottled at 55.1% ABV, without the use of chill filtration, and will be available in 20 markets from August 2019 at the RRP of €240.

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