Redbreast continues to push the boundaries of Irish whiskies by introducing their most venerable expression yet. They have consistently won awards for each of their products over the past 114 years. What you may not know is that Midleton is now one of the most modern distilleries in the world, with its production areas linked via fibre-optic networks. It also produces an astounding 64 million litres of spirit per year from their three pot stills and three column stills.
Made at the Midleton Distillery in Cork, Ireland, Redbreast 21 is a triple copper pot distilled 21-year-old crafted from a mash of malted and unmalted barley and matured in a combination of American Bourbon barrels and first fill Spanish oloroso sherry casks.
I’ve previously reviewed Redbreast 12, Redbreast 12 Cask Strength and Redbreast 15.
Redbreast 21 (92 proof)
Visual: Honeyed gold.
Nose: Sprightly honeyed woodiness, with a lot of forthright intention.
Taste: Amazingly layered with a peppery sweetness that holds hands with the malty caramel sweetness. Warm and rich baking spices seem to percolate throughout, giving this Redbreast the personality of an Irish whiskey that knows what it wants and where it’s going.
Finish: Much longer than expected, with a lingering and tender-hearted wistfulness. This is a whiskey that loves you.
Overall: They’ve done it again. The Midleton Distillers have set the bar for Irish whiskies beyond anything else on the market. Honestly, if it weren’t for the fact that it retails for $200+ a bottle, I would gladly make this my daily nightcap.
GSN Rating: A++
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