Roe & Coe in Dublin recently unveiled a new limited edition Irish whiskey from its Cask & Keg series that saw finishing time in Guinness Coffee Stout casks.
The new Roe & Co Cask & Keg Coffee Stout Cask Finish, according to those behind it, is their signature 106 blend Irish whiskey that was finished for 11 months in in casks that previously held Guinness Open Gate Brewery’s Coffee Stout. This collaboration between neighbors is an experimental flavor journey, resulting in an offering that “is best served neat or with ice, however the underlying coffee notes imparted by the stout offer an intriguing cocktail base for a twist on the traditional expresso martini.”
“We first experimented with Cask & Keg with our Antwerpen Stout and Citra IPA – both of which produced taste experiences unique to the partnership between the Roe & Co Distillery and the Open Gate Brewery at St. James’ Gate,” said Roe & Co header brewer, Peter Simpson, in a prepared statement. “Building on this success, now we’re taking experimentation one step further and looked to deepen the blend between whiskey and stout. Focusing only on stout, this year’s Cask & Keg release is the result of the 11-month finishing of Roe & Co’s blend 106 in barrels which previously matured coffee infused stout.
“The result is a coffee stout finish with undertones of cream soda, subtle soft wood spice and tropical fruit.”
Roe & Co Cask & Keg Coffee Stout Cask Finish is available in limited quantities and can be purchased for €60 at the distillery or Irish merchants. Official tasting notes are below for this 46% ABV expression.
Nose: Creamy vanilla, hints of chocolate coated honeycomb, sweet caramel, cacao, fruity confectionary candied ginger and tropical fruit background of distant dried mango and hessian sacks.
Taste/palate: Full bodied smooth slow drip coffee and sweet hard toffee/tablet and a very slight hint of molasses with some fruit there behind the freshly ground coffee/toffee notes – pineapple and pear, cream soda and subtle gentle herbal/soft wood spice – thyme, allspice, mace.
Finish: Creamy vanilla and hazelnut mouth coating with a gentle lingering of subtle roasted malt/coffee grounds acidity taste.
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