New from Jameson, The Whiskey Makers Series is a three-strong range that celebrates the effect of distillation, cask selection and blending on the final spirit. Each has been chosen by a member of the distillery’s production team: head blender Billy Leighton, head distiller Brian Nation and head cooper Ger Buckley. Each is named after a tool vital to their trade and carries the name and fingerprint of the creator.

The Distiller's Safe
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By head distiller Brian Nation. Revealing the character of the distillate.

The Cooper's Croze
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By head cooper Ger Buckley. The flavour of the wood skilfully crafted.

The Blender's Dog
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By head blender Billy Leighton. Spirit, wood and time, perfectly balanced.

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The lightest of the series, The Distiller's Safe was selected by head distiller Brian Nation. Focusing on the purity of the distillery's pot-still spirit and the effect copper has on the new-make, this is creamy and a superb example of fruity Irish whiskey.

The Distiller's Safe

TASTING NOTES

From Rocky Lancer (TWE)

Nose Light, sweet and fruity with notes of barley sugar, apricot and lemon zest.

Palate Soft and buttery with melon, apricot, mixed citrus zest and a hint of cinnamon.

Finish The soft and fruity theme continues, with apricot the lasting flavour.

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Head cooper Ger Buckley’s whiskey showcases the role of maturation on the final spirit. Aged in a combination of virgin-American-oak barrels, bourbon barrels and sherry butts, which have added notes of toast, vanilla and raisins respectively.

The Cooper's Croze

TASTING NOTES

From Rocky Lancer (TWE)

Nose Rich and overtly spicy with notes of vanilla and toast backed up by sweet toffee.

Palate Full-bodied with spice from the nose coming through. There’s vanilla, black pepper, toast, raisins, toffee and peach with the distiller’s classic barley-sugar sweetness.

Finish Long with toast and black-pepper flavours.

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Named after the instrument used for collecting samples from casks, and created by head blender Billy Leighton, this celebrates the art of blending, so it’s no surprise that this sits in the middle of the range flavour-wise. The Blender’s Dog expertly balances the fruity spirit and spice from the ageing process.

The Blender's Dog

TASTING NOTES

From Rocky Lancer (TWE)

Nose Sweet vanilla and spicy pepper combine with hints of orange and toast.

Palate Lightly creamy in texture, there is a subtle sweetness with notes of vanilla and butterscotch balanced by dried fruit, raisins, black pepper and wood spices.

Finish Medium in length with well-balanced spicy and sweet flavours.