Last week I received an invite to return to Galway for yet another whiskey launch. This one from Sonny Malloy’s bar for the launch of their very own Redbreast Single Cask. And it is a very special launch considering they are the first bar to receive their own single cask from the Redbreast stable. Unfortunately I cant make it tonight as I have to work (I know……its a terrible inconvenience to my social life!), but I will be visiting them next week as I drag my family up to the Christmas markets. Yes. You heard that right. I said Christmas. In November. So until you read my thoughts on the liquid next week, here is the press release. Very best wishes to Sonny’s and all their guests tonight at the launch.
Press Release – 15th November 2018
Redbreast Whiskey has chosen Sonny Molloy’s Irish Whiskey Bar as the first on-trade establishment to release a 16 Year Old Single Cask whiskey. Exclusively bottled for the award-winning bar in the heart of Galway City, it marks the first ever partnership between Redbreast Whiskey and a bar.
Aged in a 500 litre Spanish Oak sherry cask, only 570 bottles have been yielded from cask #10351. The result is a limited-edition and truly collectable whiskey. Just 200 bottles will be released for general sale by Sonny Molloy’s this Friday, November 16th at the exclusive price of €345. Each bottle forms part of an exclusive gift set, featuring two specially engraved Galway Irish Crystal tumblers and a certificate of authenticity, endorsed by Master Distiller, Brian Nation.
Redbreast is the largest-selling Single Pot Still Irish whiskey in the world and one of the most decorated – it is regarded as the definitive expression of traditional Pot Still Whiskey.
Partnering with Redbreast is an honour, and according to John Mannion of Sonny Molloy’s Irish Whiskey Bar “Our shelves are already full of the finest selection of Irish whiskey but the addition of this label, unique to us, has been a dream in the making for many years. Since we announced in September that we’d be releasing the Redbreast 16 Year Old there has been great anticipation among whiskey collectors and enthusiasts alike, and already there’s a significant waiting list. Our whiskey is being released in honour of our namesake Sonny Molloy, so it’s a fitting coincidence that it arrived into the bar on what would have been Sonny’s 92nd birthday.”
Steeped in Galway’s rich whiskey heritage, Sonny Molloy’s is one of the country’s most popular whiskey bars and is a founding member of the Galway Whiskey Trail. The premises was formerly a renowned drapery shop run by the legendary Sonny Molloy. He was a larger-than-life character, famed for his friendly service and welcoming presence. The current bar-counter is still the very same as when Sonny worked behind it.
Indeed, Sonny himself appreciated a fine Irish whiskey, his favourite being a Redbreast 12 Year Old, which he regularly enjoyed as a nightcap. When releasing its first whiskey creation, it was therefore a natural choice for Sonny Molloy’s to partner with Redbreast.
The Sonny Molloy’s Redbreast 16 Year Old Single Cask will be on sale, by the glass, in the bar or to take home as a gift-set. It will also be available in-store and online at McCambridge’s of Galway.
TASTING NOTES from Billy Leighton:
Nose – The initial delicate aroma of dried fruits of raisins and prunes quickly move across the spectrum to a zesty lime character with deep rich notes of wood, leather and coffee, while the pot still spices build over time adding complexity and balance.
Taste – Full and rich with a luscious texture that evolves as the spices continue to build on the oak tannins. Lime zest with dark chocolate and a mild nuttiness work in tandem creating additional layers of flavour.
Finish – Rich and lingering with the pot still spices slowly fading allowing the toasted oak to continue until the very end