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Redbreast Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Aged 15 Years

Redbreast Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Aged 15 Years

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Redbreast 15 Year Old: A Rich Exploration of Irish Pot Still Whiskey

The Redbreast 15 Year Old is a cornerstone of the acclaimed Redbreast range, a single pot still Irish whiskey lauded for its complexity and smooth character. Aged for a minimum of 15 years in a combination of Oloroso sherry casks and American bourbon barrels, this whiskey delivers a rich and rewarding drinking experience.

A Legacy of Pot Still Excellence

Redbreast boasts a rich history, dating back to 1903 when it was first released by Gilbeys. Originally nicknamed for the robin redbreast by a birdwatching chairman, Redbreast has become synonymous with premium Irish pot still whiskey. Unlike grain whiskeys, which use only malted barley, pot still whiskeys like Redbreast incorporate a unique mash bill that includes both malted and unmalted barley. This, along with the traditional triple-distillation method, creates a whiskey with a distinctive depth and character.

Maturation for Depth and Complexity

The extended 15-year maturation period plays a starring role in the Redbreast 15 Year Old's profile. The use of Oloroso sherry casks imbues the whiskey with notes of dried fruit, spice, and a touch of nutty character. Bourbon barrels, meanwhile, contribute hints of vanilla, caramel, and a subtle sweetness. This interplay between cask types, alongside the natural maturation process, results in a beautifully layered whiskey.

Tasting Notes: A Journey for the Senses

  • Nose: The initial aroma offers a burst of fruity notes, with hints of citrus peel, tropical fruits like mango and guava, and a touch of beeswax. Underlying these brighter notes lies a gentle earthiness and a hint of honeyed sweetness.
  • Palate: The first sip reveals a luxuriously creamy texture. Flavours of dried banana and orange peel emerge, alongside a warming spiciness reminiscent of nutmeg and cinnamon. Hints of butterscotch and caramel add a touch of sweetness, creating a well-balanced and harmonious palate.
  • Finish: The finish is long and lingering, with notes of creamy custard mingling with a refreshing hint of peppermint and a touch of grapefruit zest. A subtle peppery note adds a touch of complexity, ensuring a satisfying and memorable conclusion.

Serving Suggestions: To Savour the Experience

To fully appreciate the depth and complexity of the Redbreast 15 Year Old, consider enjoying it neat or on the rocks. Neat allows the whiskey's full character to shine through, while a single large ice cube can help to open up the flavours without diluting them.

For those who prefer a touch of dilution, a small splash of chilled water can be added. This will release some of the higher alcohol notes, making the whiskey slightly more approachable.

Redbreast 15 Year Old also makes a fantastic base for classic cocktails. Here are a couple of suggestions:

  • The Tipperary: Muddle a few fresh mint leaves with a bar spoon of sugar in a shaker. Add 50ml of Redbreast 15 Year Old, 25ml fresh lime juice, and a dash of Angostura bitters. Shake well with ice and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a mint sprig.
  • The Emerald Isle: Combine 50ml of Redbreast 15 Year Old, 25ml sweet vermouth, and a dash of orange bitters in a mixing glass with ice. Stir gently and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

In Conclusion: A Celebration of Irish Whiskey

The Redbreast 15 Year Old is a testament to the mastery of Irish pot still whiskey making. Its rich complexity, smooth texture, and long finish make it a truly exceptional whiskey. Whether enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in a classic cocktail, the Redbreast 15 Year Old promises a rewarding exploration for whiskey enthusiasts and newcomers alike.

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