INTRODUCING JAMESON CRESTED X EIGHT DEGREES BREWING

9 September 2020 INTRODUCING JAMESON CRESTED X EIGHT DEGREES BREWING Irish Distillers, makers of some of the world’s most enjoyed whiskeys, has joined forces with Eight Degrees Brewing for a unique edition of the beloved Jameson Crested. Launching this month, Jameson Crested Finished in Black Ball Metric Stout Barrels is the next step in an exciting collaboration between Irish Distillers and its Co. Cork neighbour, Eight Degrees, who last year celebrated eight years of adventurous craft beer brewing by releasing a uniquely dark Black Ball Metric Stout finished in Jameson barrels as the last iteration of their Rack ‘em Up Series. Always seeking an opportunity to innovate, Jameson returned the compliment by selecting a special whiskey to mature in the stout soaked barrels. The result is a stunning evolution of Jameson Crested, with a rich stout influence married with a luscious creamy texture and lingering finish of pot still spices and malt. “We were delighted when the opportunity arose to create a truly special whiskey,” explains Irish Distillers’ Blender Dave McCabe. “When we were selecting a whiskey to mature in these barrels, Jameson Crested became the obvious choice. It’s higher pot still component and sherry cask inclusion allowed the whiskey to meet the impact of the stout head on, creating a balanced reaction. “We filled the casks in November last year and carefully monitored the whiskey’s progress. After about four months of ageing we felt it was just right. The stout influence is prevalent in the taste, complementing the whiskey beautifully. “It’s a truly unique liquid, perfect when enjoyed neat, paired with a craft stout, or as part of a spiced cocktail,” adds McCabe. Derek Neville, Head Cellarman at Eight Degrees Brewing adds: “It was an honour to be given the opportunity to create our special 8th anniversary stout using

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Limited edition: Phat Phantom Irish Stout aged in Jameson whiskey barrels

An Irish Stout aged in Irish whiskey (with an e) barrels? Pretty Hot And Tempting! Presenting Phat Phantom, which takes the best of Cork whiskey barrels and fills them with the best of Cork craft beer for a magnificent Mitchelstown and Midleton collaboration. With lovely roasted notes, flavours of chocolate and a hint of clove and raisin, this tastes like Christmas pudding magic in a bottle. Style: Dry Irish stout aged in Jameson whiskey barrels Malt: Irish pale malt, dark crystal, roasted barley, chocolate malt, flaked barley, oats. Hops: Fuggles. Strength: 5.5% ABV Bitterness: 41 IBUs Tasting notes Colour/appearance: opaque black with a cream head. Aroma: dark dried fruits – predominantly raisins and prunes – dark chocolate, oak. Flavour: a medium body with sweet fruity vanilla notes up front, followed by a measure of sharpness from the dark grains. A touch of hop bitterness and a dry finish of barrel-related tannins. Aftertaste: smooth roasty aftertaste with a subtle whiskey glow. Food pairings Get your hands on some barbecued brisket, cooked low and slow, and put it with Phat Phantom to take the flavours into the stratosphere. It’s also worth trying with a char-grilled flat iron steak, the smoky flavours of the beef playing off the oak in the beer. On the sweeter side of things, try this beer with a creamy coffee ice cream or even a chocolate rum and raisin baked cheesecake; it will cut the richness and let you taste each glorious mouthful anew. Launch Date: August 2018. Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius Availability: 330ml bottles. Get social: #PhatPhantomStout

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