Irish By Nino Kilgore-Marchetti / August 18, 2016 Earlier this year, Irish whiskey brand Jameson unveiled a major overhaul of its portfolio, adding a mix of new bottlings to its lineup. One of these, Jameson The Cooper’s Croze, has debuted now here in the United States as a “super-premium” offering. The new Jameson The Cooper’s Croze is said to be designed to “showcase the varying characteristics imparted by the barrels – and by extension, the important role played by the cooper in the whiskey making process.” The whiskey’s namesake – the croze – is Jameson fifth-generation head cooper Ger Buckley’s “most prized possession. A tool used to make the groove where the head of the barrel is positioned in order to seal the barrel, it symbolizes the important role played by each barrel.” The whiskey, “curated” by Buckley, is a non-age statement release drawn from a mix of virgin American oak, seasoned bourbon and Iberian sherry barrels. Said to be a great example of oak’s influence on a whiskey’s character, this non-chill filtered expression “carries the charred virgin oak character with vanilla sweetness from the seasoned bourbon barrels with rich fruit flavors and a fine balance of floral and spice notes.” “I’ve created Jameson The Cooper’s Croze to show the versatility and profound influence barrels have on distinct whiskey flavors,” said Buckley in a prepared statement. “Barrel making transcends generations, as I’ve used the same methods and tools passed down from my grandfather, that’s the beauty of the craft.” Jameson The Cooper’s Croze is set to price around $70 as it becomes available. It is bottled at a mellow 43% ABV, and is the first from Jameson’s new The Whiskey Makers Series, a range of three whiskeys that each highlights a specific part of the whiskey making process.