As part of the Toronto Whisky Society end of year celebration, we ended up with a few whiskies to share. 2017 was a great year for us.
Thus I don’t actually remember who brought this or the last or next review, but thank you! And feel free to add a username for me to thank below!
Jameson brought out The Whiskey Maker series a this past year. Of them Jameson Cooper’s Croze was created to highlight cask types: In using virgin oak, ex-bourbon barrels, and sherry casks, they switched things up on the standard Jameson, which typically doesn’t have virgin oak involved.
I’m also going to assume there’s different levels of grain/malt whiskey used as well. Also they were selected by head cooper Ger Buckley, who I assume did things differently then the blender. Unless they somehow share a mental bond and can see through time. Or it was written in a memo. Either way, let’s see how this tastes, shall we?
Price: $44.95 CAD at the LCBO
Colour: 10Y 9/6
Nose: Pineapple, cream/yoghurt, floral
Tropical, lots of creaminess to it. Bit light on the nose. Nice to nose, nothing huge going on here. Can see the virgin oak influence in the tropical part.
Taste: Pineapple, lemon, cereal, more lemon
Lots of lemon on the palate. A little bit too much. Continues with the tropical fruit, nice amount of cereal.
Again, nothing too complex here.
Finish: Dry apple, pepper, melon, pear
Fruit finish with a little bit of earth/heat. Some dry parts to it. Basically continues on with the tropical vibe the rest of the dram had going on.
Conclusion: Interesting idea, certainly does something different than the traditional Jameson. Personally I don’t think it had enough malt to it to really punch above the belt.
Frankly I’m thinking if they want to show off parts of the whiskey and the casks and bring something like this out, perhaps a higher Abv. should be considered.
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