Redbreast 15 (92 Proof) is one of those whiskies that grabs ahold of your tastebuds and just won’t let go. Since debuting in 1903, Redbreast has endured through the vagaries of the spirit buying public and along the way has earned several well deserved awards for it’s 12 year old expression. Crafted at the New Midleton Distillery in County Cork, Ireland, it remains one of only two Irish pot still whiskies available in the world.
In 2010, Midleton debuted their 15 year old single pot still version, and boy is it a doozy! The demand for this whiskey has been so great, that it often disappears off the shelves the same day it is stocked. No wonder, as the 15 has even more of the beautiful qualities so admired in their 12 year old.
Hidden inside the dark green glass bottle lies a pale straw coloured whiskey. Upon unleashing this nectar into a Glencairn snifter, you’ll find that the nose is malty and sweet with notes of saddle leather, wet tobacco, blackberries and rock candy syrup.
The initial flavor is light and smooth, with loads of vanilla, sugarcane and a sweetness that comes from it’s partial aging in used sherry and bourbon casks. The cogeners from the pot still distillation give this non chill filtered Irish whiskey a depth of character that normally isn’t found in Irish whiskies. Yet this is incredibly smooth and balanced. Rich, warming and very Irish. This is the kind of whiskey that will always make a special end to your day. Slainte!
GSN Rating: A