Nose: Full and rich with a complex, yet balanced mix of dried fruits and aromatic oils.
Taste: Complex, yet mellow with dried fruits combined with spices and toasted oak.
Finish: Long spicy and crisp, again with those dried fruit notes.
A Single Pot Still that was originally released as a one off limited edition but it went down so well that they’ve decided to make the 15 year old a permanent addition to the Redbreast range. Aged for a minimum of 15 years in a mixture of Spanish Oloroso sherry casks and American bourbon whiskey barrels. The extra 3 years maturation gives it a more mellow taste than the 12 year old. It is non-chill filtered and is bottled at 46%. Winner of an insane amount of awards, you really must try it to believe how good it is!
This whiskey has won awards in pretty much every competition it has been entered in. Here’s a sample:
World Whiskey Awards: Category Winner 2017 (aged 13 to 20 years).
World Whiskey Awards: World’s Best Pot Still Whiskey 2014, 2015.
San Francisco World Spirits Competition: Double Gold 2016, 2017.
Irish Whiskey Awards: Single Pot Still of the year 2013, 2014.
Redbreast whiskey harkens back to the days of the whiskey bonders, who used to buy whiskey by the cask and bottle it themselves. The particular whiskey bonder involved with Redbreast was W & A Gilby, started in 1857, and they bought whiskey from most Irish distillers, marketing it under their own brand of “Gilbey’s Castle Whiskey”. By 1887 they were marketing John Jameson pure and unblended Irish whiskey and by the turn of the century Gilbey’s whiskey brands included Castle Grand JJ Six Years Old and Castle Liqueur JJ Ten Years Old (JJ standing for John Jameson). In 1904 John Jameson & Son’s Castle “JJ Liqueur” Whiskey 12 Years Old was being sold and was similar in shape, bearing the red and white label seen on Redbreast bottlings up until the 1960s.The first official reference to the brand name ‘Redbreast’ appears in August 1912, when Gilbeys were selling “Redbreast” J.J. Liqueur Whiskey 12 Years Old, described as one of their “famous” brands.
The name ‘Redbreast’ itself refers to the bird, Robin Redbreast, and is attributed to the then Chairman of Gilbey’s, who was an avid bird-fancier. Gilby’s continued to sell Redbreast in this fashion until 1968 when the bonder trade was phased out but as Redbreast was so popular Gilby’s made a special request to be allowed to sell Redbreast in small quantities in the 70’s and 80’s, with the last bottling under Gilby’s occurring in 1985 when the brand was bought by Irish distillers and was re-introduced as a 12 year old Single Pot Still whiskey. Redbreast Single Pot Still whiskey is produced at the Midleton distillery in Co. Cork.
Producer Irish Distillers Style Single Pot Still Age A minimum of 15 years Volume 70CL ABV 46%