Jamesons The Blenders Dog Irish Whiskey is the second expression of three in Jamesons The Whiskey Makers Series to make it to the U.S. The series is part of Jamesons line-up overhaul, designed to be a trio of super premium whiskeys that celebrate three key figures in the brands production.The first release to hit U.S. shelves, the Coopers Croze was created by Ger Buckley who is the head cooper for all of Irish Distillers. The Coopers Croze, named after the tool that grooves the ends of staves so the barrelhead fits perfectly, is a blended whiskey aged between 12 and 16 years in a combination of ex-bourbon American oak, virgin American oak and ex-sherry casks. The release that hasnt yet made it to these blighted shores is the Distillers Safe. This one was put together by Jamesons master distiller, Brian Nation, and is named after the spirit safe, that magical apparatus that helps distillers make their cuts during distilling. The Distillers Safe is a younger blended whiskey, around five to six years old, that has been matured completely in ex-bourbon casks.The Blenders Dog is the creation of Irish Distillers master blender Bill Leighton. Its a blend of whiskeys, presumably grain, malt, and pot still, between five and twelve years old, that have matured in a variety of casks. Whereas the Coopers Croze showcased the effects of barrel on a whiskey, and the Distillers Safe highlighted the distillate character, the Blenders Dog is all about creating harmony between the different types of whiskey, types of cask, and different ages of whiskey..Were not sure if our Head Blender, Billy Leighton, has a musical note in his head, but harmony is his main pursuit. The Blenders Dog is a whiskey that celebrates his craft, the art of marrying whiskeys. A superbly balanced, complex whiskey, The Blenders Dog is a perfect balance of spirit, wood, and time; delivering butterscotch sweetness with a prickle of spice and tannins. Making whiskey requires a fair deal of science, but blending is an art.The Nose: A balanced, pleasant, mildly robust nose. There are sweet notes of pineapple, floral honey, and poached pears, with some slightly earthier notes of fig paste, vanilla bean, and toasted barley. Behind that, a subtle pleasant hint of dandelions and damp cotton sheets hung out to dry. Sturdy oak notes of sanded wood with cinnamon, candied ginger, and a touch of cedar.The Palate: Slightly oily mouthfeel with more tropical fruit that floats over the entire palate. Both pineapple juice and pineapple rind are joined by navel oranges and a bit of guava. More vanilla bean and sweetened grain with the addition of some semi-sweet chocolate notes and a little almond extract. Theres a subtle but present bit of spicy grain hinting at the pot still whiskeys used. Weightier, more tannic oak with cinnamon & sugar mix, more candied ginger, a little clove, and a bit of fine ground pepper.The Finish: Just long enough and very mouth-watering. That slight pineapple rind sweetness lingers with the cinnamon, clove, and grippy oak following behind.Thoughts: Really very nice. This stuff is almost dangerously drinkable. The appealing, persistent fruitiness that runs throughout is countered by the grain and oak as well as a few earthier notes. True to its name, this is expertly blended, balancing and integrating different whiskeys and different casks while allowing the character of each to come through. Its both easy drinking and complex and rich"I wanted to create harmony and complexity, an infusion of flavor that perfectly fills your mouth and nose. My whiskey has a rich creamy mouth feel, with the sweetness of butterscotch, giving way to the prickle of spices and tannins." - Billy Leighton, Head BlenderPart 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-chillWhat is The Whiskey Makers Series?The Whiskey Makers Series is a celebration of craft and crafters. We wanted to honour the dedication of our masterful craftsmen. They wanted to create a whiskey that reflected their passion for their individual trades.The ultimate collaborative effort resulted in three great tasting whiskeys, made by our Head Distiller, our Head Cooper and our Head Blender, collectively known as the makers.