Friday, September 15, 2023


Irish Distillers, has announced the launch of a new limited-edition expression from its Redbreast Irish whiskey brand.

Redbreast Tawny Port Cask Edition (46% ABV) is a single pot still Irish whiskey, which was initially matured in a combination of Bourbon and Oloroso Sherry casks, before being finished in Tawny Port casks from Portugal’s Douro Valley.

Redbreast Tawny Port Cask Edition

This latest expression from the Midleton based distillery, marks the third release of Redbreast’s acclaimed Iberian Series, which is inspired by the brands long standing connection to some of the Iberian Peninsula’s most celebrated cooperages and winemakers.

The inspiration for Redbreast Tawny Port Cask Edition started over 12 years ago, when Master Blender Billy Leighton, took a trip to the Douro Valley in Portugal to visit some of Midleton Distillery’s partner cooperages and winemakers.

Reflecting on the trip, Billy Leighton, said: “Enjoying lunch with the late renowned winemaker Joaquim Anacleto and Gesprove Winemaker José Pinheiro overlooking the valley, we were discussing the various wines and spirits that had influenced our whiskeys over the years and tawny port came up in conversation. Having worked with Ruby Port previously, we pondered the differences tawny port holds and subsequently the intriguing flavour profile that it could add to our whiskeys. Since then, we have been aging single pot still whiskey in a small number of tawny port casks we receive annually from this beautiful sun-drenched valley and, needless to say, we have been delighted with the results.”

The resulting whiskey is said to deliver notes of praline, buttery baked goods and dried cherries on the nose, followed by a warming sweetness of toasted caramel, vanilla and dried fruits on the palate.

Redbreast Tawny Port Cask Edition, will be available later this month from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £79.00.

Posted by Steve Rush