The Apprentice #6: Redbreast ‘Lustau Edition’ Irish Pot Still Whiskey 46%

About

Redbreast is produced at the Midleton Distillery in Country Cork in Ireland. Now owned by Irish Distillers Ltd which is owned itself
by Pernod Ricard, it was originally in the hands of V&A Gilbey’s, a London- based merchant whose name still exists on inexpensive Gin.

First officially created in 1912 by the chairman of Gilbey’s, Redbreast
has remained continuously in production – a rare bright spot in the unfortunate history of Irish Whiskey.

Aside from the quality, what makes Redbreast stands out is that it is one of the few Irish Pot Still Whiskeys in production today. This is a distinct style, differing from Malt Whisky in that a combination of malted and unmalted barley is used.

The resulting spirit tends to be rather rich and spicy. While many successful Irish whiskeys contain a portion of Pot Still spirit, it is rare to see this style on its own despite its genuine point of difference to other countries’ offerings.

This particular release is finished in Sherry Casks, from famed producer Lustau. This follows maturation
of between 9 and 12 years in more traditional casks. The Oloroso sherry oak has softened the spice, while remaining bright and expressive. While not as hidden as it used to be, this remains a true gem.

Guidance

Tasting notes are a guideline only, you may describe it differently.

Palate

Beautiful notes of chocolate and cinnamon, balance of rich and spicy.

Nose

Sweetened nuts and dried fruit, with a light orangey hit.

Finish

Apple and cinnamon pie. Decent length!