Wednesday, February 17, 2016


Irish Distillers has today announced the launch of the first ever single cask bottling from its Redbreast Irish Pot Still Whiskey range.

Redbreast Single Cask (59.9% ABV) is said to offer a unique take on Redbreast’s full bodied flavour profile, renowned for its signature Christmas cake character – the result of a strong influence from Oloroso sherry casks.
Redbreast Single Cask

Barrel #30087, the sherry butt that matured Redbreast Single Cask, was crafted in late 1996 at the Antonio Paez Lobato Cooperage in Southern Spain near Jerez, the world’s sherry capital. The cask was then toasted and seasoned with Oloroso sherry for two years at the Páez Morilla Bodega until early 1999, when the cask was shipped to the Midleton Distillery in County Cork, filled with Single Pot Still Irish distillate and laid in warehouse M15A until August 2015 – 16 years and 147 days later.

Commenting on the new Redbreast release, Billy Leighton, Head Blender at the Midleton Distillery, said: “Redbreast Irish Whiskey holds a special place in the hearts of Irish whiskey fans, due to its full-flavoured taste profile and its iconic history as the definitive Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey.”

He went on to say: “Being able to introduce the world to Redbreast Single Cask is very exciting, as it celebrates the heart of what connoisseurs love about the brand; its exceptional ex-Sherry cask contribution, our relationship with the Spanish bodegas and respect for the craftsmanship throughout the production process.”

He added: “Cask #30087 offers a unique tasting experience, with rich notes of dried fruit, a velvety smooth coffee and vanilla taste with a balanced finish that can never be reproduced, so I hope Irish Whiskey fans will enjoy savouring each sip of this newest addition to the Redbreast family.”

Limited to just 576 bottles, Redbreast Single Cask is available exclusively through The Whisky Exchange for £180.

Posted by Steve Rush