Jameson The Distiller's Safe
Jameson // Ireland
Part of the 2016 Whiskey Makers Series, the Distiller's Safe is Head Distiller Brian Nation's bottling that highlights his influence on the quality of the new make spirit without excessive wood influence. While the barrel is often thought of as the primary contributor to a whiskey's overall flavor, the influence of the new-make (called "cleric" across the pond) can have a profound impact as well. The cleric is a product of the type of grains used, of the shape of the still, of the length of fermentation and distillation, of the size of the cut, of the type of condenser, and of many other factors that the master distiller can use to achieve his or her desired style. The distiller's safe, a small clear box where the distillate emerges from the final still, is the physical place where all of the distiller's work coalesces: the point where the final cut is made before entrusting the remainder of the process to the cask. Bottled at 43% ABV, this whiskey is non-chill filtered.
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.