Released in Canada early last year, the Jameson Whiskey Makers Series included three releases: Jameson The Cooper’s Croze, Jameson The Blender’s Dog, and Jameson The Distiller’s Safe, each referring to an item specific to the making of whiskey. The blender’s ‘dog’ in question is not of the four-legged mascot type but rather a small container at the end of a chain that a blender uses to extract a sample from a cask. While I digress, the cooper’s ‘croze’ is a tool used to cut the groove at the end of barrel that secures the head, and the distiller’s ‘safe’ is a small clear box where the distillate emerges from the final still.
Each of the releases appeared on LCBO shelves in the $90-$10 range last year, pretty much in line with US and EU prices. Now though, the price on each has dropped by half and they all can be found in significant numbers across the province for $44. Inventory counts today (July 16) show about 40 bottles of Blender’s Dog, about 100 of Cooper’s Croze, and 200+ of Distiller’s Safe.
Not having tasted any of these releases, I can’t personally attest to the quality of the spirit but they are all well reviewed and, I expect, would make a welcome addition to the shelves of any collector of Irish whiskey, or anyone curious about Irish whiskey beyond the entry level Jameson, Bushmill and Tullimore.
Grab these while they last, the price is clearly set to move the remaining bottles. Enjoy.