That’s Dram Good’s thoughts……
There has been very few whiskeys that I have longed for as much as this. Introducing the Redbreast Dream Cask. A 32yr old Redbreast that is one of the most phenomenal whiskeys I have ever tried. As the press release will tell you in a moment, the single pot still whiskey was casked in October 1985 and refilled into American Oak ex-bourbon barrels over the years. The liquid was subsequently then placed into a first fill Oloroso sherry butt on the 8th of March 2011 and left to sleep. When I had the absolute honour last year of trying it for World Whisky Day, it was a slightly higher 46.7%, 31 year old whiskey than the 46.5%, 32yr old that is being released. Big drop for something that started out as 63.3%. For me, this was the biggest treat I ever got and I’d be surprised if it could be beaten (there Billy/Dave…..I’ve thrown down the gauntlet). This was a whiskey that truly was chewable. Like biting into the best Christmas cake you could find….better even. I enjoyed every minute of it and just to show how much of a sad nerd I am…..I kept the empty sample bottle and I return to it now and again to nose it!!! If you want to have a look at how that tasting went, have a look at the video here.
The 500ml bottles will be available exclusively to members of the Birdhouse, Redbreasts little fan clubs website, on the 19th of May for a price tag of €500. For a 32 year old SPS Redbreast…..its a steal!! Put my name one for one….at least.
Edit – This will not be available in the following areas; USA, Canada, South America, Russia and Norway.
Notes from Billy Leighton, Master Blender
Aroma: Combination of fruit, herbs and spices. Notes of orange peel and blackcurrant that move to deeper richer notes including dark chocolate and bitter almond with a heavy oak influence in the background
Taste: Mixed fruit tones within the typical style of Irish single pot still whiskey. Light touch of menthol to liquorice. Exotic fruits alongside spices, herbs and Spanish toasted oak
Finish: The balance of fruit, oak and barley is slow to fade
REDBREAST IRISH WHISKEY MAKES THE REDBREAST DREAM CASK A PART OF THE FAMILY
– The dream becomes a reality for the cask selected by Billy Leighton for World Whisky Day 2017 –
Redbreast Irish whiskey, which is produced by Irish Distillers in Midleton Distillery, has launched the Redbreast Dream Cask, which will be available to buy through its online members’ club, The Birdhouse, from World Whisky Day (Saturday 19th May). The release follows requests from consumers and whiskey experts over the past 12 months, and becomes the first in a new series planned for the coming years.
Redbreast Dream Cask is a limited edition, 32 Year Old single pot still Irish whiskey – a single cask that was hand-selected last year by Master Blender, Billy Leighton, as his favourite Redbreast whiskey. The cask was chosen for having the perfect balance of pot still, Spanish oak and sherry flavours, which can usually only be achieved through blending – bringing to life Redbreast’s signature sherry style.
The whiskey was originally unveiled during a Facebook LIVE tasting to mark Redbreast’s World Whisky Day 2017 celebrations. Participants and viewers praised the quality and rarity of what is now the oldest Redbreast Irish whiskey ever to go on sale, with many requesting that the whiskey be made available to buy.
Redbreast Master Blender, Billy Leighton, commented: “In almost 40 years as a blender, Redbreast Dream Cask is a real highlight as I am able to select my own, personal dream Irish whiskey and share it with the world. Our inaugural tasting in 2017 was by far the largest whiskey tasting I have ever held, and the feedback we have received from the whiskey community on the liquid has been phenomenal, so it’s an honour to see it bottled to mark World Whisky Day 2018 – and watch this space for our 2019 plans.”