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Redbreast 12 Cask Strength Whisky Bible Best Irish Whiskey


19th October 2018
Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength Batch B1/17 single pot still whiskey picks up Jim Murrays Whisky Bible 2019 Best Irish Whiskey award.

Redbreast 12 Cask Strength Whisky Bible 2019 Best Irish Whiskey

I know the £86 price tag for the Redbreast 12 year old Cask Strength whiskey can be a little off putting for some drinkers but I can tell you it is a seriously good top quality Irish single pot still whiskey and well worth trying and you don't need to take my word for it as Jim Murray has just named the Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength Batch B1/17 his Whisky Bible 2019 Best Irish Whiskey, scoring it with a very impressive 97 out of 100 points.

The achievement continues an incredibly successful run in the Whisky Bible for Redbreast which is produced at Midleton Distillery in Co. Cork by Irish Distillers. The Redbreast range has now scooped ‘Best Irish Whiskey’ in the whiskey compendium six times in the past seven years.

Recognition from Murray completes the whiskey awards season for 2018, a year in which Redbreast 12 Cask Strength has excelled across the board. Key awards won include a Double Gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition, a Master medal at The Irish Whiskey Masters and a 94 out of 100 point score at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge.

Commenting on the accolade, Billy Leighton, Master Blender at Midleton Distillery, said: "It is a real honour to accept the ‘Best Irish Whiskey’ award on behalf of Redbreast again this year – the sixth time in seven years that I’ve had the opportunity to do so. Jim Murray is one of most distinguished names in the whiskey world, and I hope that his resounding endorsement for Redbreast, the quintessential Irish whiskey, will help to spread the gospel for exceptional Irish whiskey even further around the world. This award is a testament to the craftsmen at Midleton Distillery who assist me in blending outstanding Irish whiskeys for the world to enjoy."

If you fancy tasting the Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength Batch B1/17 for yourself you will find it available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt
 

Redbreast Cask Strength Tasting Notes


William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Lovely rich sherried notes, the fruit just hits you, red apples, raisins, coconut ice, sweet vanilla fudge. Some fresh oak spice.

Taste: Full bodied, layers of rich fruit and spice, oatcake biscuits, dark chocolate, delicious sweet vanilla and dry oak.

Finish: A long finish. Slowly drying oak, fading fruit and spice and a touch of vanilla fudge hanging around right to the end.

Comment: Wonderful sherry and spices, you just want to pour yourself another. The balance of rich fruit, spice and oak is perfect. Interestingly adding a drop of water doesn't turn it into a standard Redbreast 12 (I tried), it keeps its big rich sherried fruit, spice and vanilla character, I guess this is to do with the number of casks in the batch being much smaller than the number going into a standard Redbreast 12.

An absolute cracker, loved it!!!

SMW Score 96/100
 

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