In 2016 Jameson launched a new range under the banner The Whiskey Maker's Series. It consists of three bottles: The Distiller's Safe, The Cooper's Croze and The Blender's Dog. The second is named after a tool that the cooper uses to create a groove in the cask end to fit the head. It was composed by head cooper Ger Buckly. It matured in a combination of new American oak, bourbon barrels and sherry butts. The distillate is a mix of pot still and grain whiskey aged between 12 and 16 years.
The nose immediately offers sweet and sour notes of dried, tropical fruit and Turkish Delight, but also toffee and vanilla. Something that reminds me of Maggi Mix. Loads of woodspices and some earthy notes. Nicely layered nose, I have to say.
I could have done with a bit more body, in all honesty. Next to the dried fruits I also get some creamy oak, loads of spices and maple syrup. Rainins, mango and even litchi. Sweet and spicy with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and black pepper. Midpalate it turns quite dry.
This makes for a medium long finish that is equally sweet and drying.
More complex than the Distiller’s Safe, but it had just a tad too much wood in my book to warrant a higher score.