Jameson The Blender's Dog
Jameson // Ireland
Part of Jameson's 2016 Whiskey Makers Series, which emphasizes different aspects of the production process through the lens of one of Jameson's Heads (Head Blender, Head Cooper, Head Distiller). The Blender's Dog is, of course, the Head Blender Billy Leighton's bottling. The forgotten art in the process of whiskey making, blending is essential to creating complex, harmonious, and consistent products from batch to batch. Leighton's weapon of choice is a "dog," a small container on the end of a chain (a leash?) that he uses to extract samples from each cask. The final product is a marriage of grain and of pot still whiskeys aged in ex-bourbon and in ex-sherry casks. Bottled at 43% ABV, this whiskey is non-chill filtered. Available in the US as of November 2017.
BlendedComprised of both single malt(s) and single grain(s) often from many different distilleries; if Scotch or Irish must be aged for at least three years in oak barrels; Irish may include single pot still whiskey in the blend.
Cask TypeEx-Bourbon & Ex-sherry