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Redbreast Dream Cask Pedro Ximenez Edition


21st May 2019
Redbreast continues its Birdhouse private members only Dream Cask series with the release of a 20 year old Redbreast Dream Cask Pedro Ximenez Edition which will be available to purchase from 27th May.

Redbreast Dream Cask Pedro Ximenez Edition

Redbreast Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey, which is produced by Irish Distillers down at their Midleton Distillery in Cork has marked World Whisky Day 2019 by unveiling a special expression which is bound to be sought after by fans of the brand, the whiskey is - Redbreast Dream Cask Pedro Ximénez Edition.

Like previous releases in the series it will be available to purchase exclusively through the Redbreast online members’ club, The Birdhouse. The new Redbreast Dream Cask expression has been created from a vatting of bourbon, Oloroso sherry and Pedro Ximénez sherry casks which has been re-casked and finished in a specially selected Pedro Ximénez cask – a first for Redbreast and Midleton Distillery.

Redbreast Dream Cask Pedro Ximénez Edition is a 20 year old which is described in the info I received as a single cask, single pot still Irish whiskey although technically I would describe it as a vatting of the four casks which where brought together to be finished in single Cask No. 374932. That aside I know from experience that Redbreast whiskey starts to become exceedingly good around this age so hopefully given that this one has been specially chosen/created to mark such a special day in the whisky calendar this should be something very good indeed and if it is anywhere near the quality of the inaugural Redbreast Dream Cask launched back in 2017 it should be something very special.

The 20 year old Redbreast Dream Cask Pedro Ximénez Edition whiskey is the creative handiwork of Midleton Master Blender, Billy Leighton, in collaboration with Blender, Dave McCabe. They tell me that the cask represents the coming together of four unique whiskey journeys spanning 20 to 33 years in age, including a rare Pedro Ximénez-matured Irish whiskey, which have been vatted together and married in the Pedro Ximénez butt to offer a unique interpretation of the signature sherry style of the Redbreast range.

The result, they tell me, is a "luxuriously smooth and rich Irish whiskey with assertive spices and sweet, ripe fruit that slowly evolves into exotic fruits and berries, reminiscent of the classic Redbreast character".

Redbreast Dream Cask is made up of the following whiskeys, which represent a cross-section of single pot still distillate styles and maturation techniques:

  • Cask 1 – a single pot still Irish whiskey distilled in 1998, matured in an ex-bourbon barrel and re-casked into a Pedro Ximénez sherry butt in 2012
     
  • Cask 2 – a single pot still Irish whiskey distilled in 1995, matured in an ex-bourbon cask and re-casked into an Oloroso sherry butt in 2012
     
  • Cask 3 – a single pot still Irish whiskey distilled in 1985 and matured in a second-fill ex-bourbon barrel
     
  • Cask 4 – a single pot still Irish whiskey distilled in 1997 and matured in a second-fill ex-bourbon barrel

Billy Leighton, Redbreast Master Blender, commented on the launch: "Rather than try to seek out another extraordinary cask from the Midleton inventory like the inaugural Redbreast Dream Cask, we set out to create a new Redbreast Irish whiskey like you have never tasted before. The coming together of three exceptional casks, originally destined for Redbreast 21, and a rare Pedro Ximénez butt is a first for Midleton, and the careful balance of sweet, spice and sherry flavours offers a new and complex take on the classic Redbreast Christmas cake flavour profile – it’s sure to add an extra cheer to your World Whisky Day celebrations this year!"

Bottled at 52.2% ABV, 924 bottles of Redbreast Dream Cask Pedro Ximénez Edition will be available through the Redbreast online private members' club, The Birdhouse, from 3pm on 27th May at the RRP of €380.

If that is a little rich for your pocket you will find the outstanding current Redbreast core whiskey range available from specialist online whisky retailers s
such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt
 

Redbreast Dream Cask Pedro Ximenez Edition Review


Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Full rich aroma of liquorice and treacle toffee, giving cover to vanilla sweetness and a concentrate of caramelised dried fruits. Cinnamon and clove acknowledge the presence of the ex-bourbon influence whilst hazelnut and almond nuttiness adds to the complexity delivered by the fine old Pedro Ximénez Butt from Jerez.

Taste: A rich viscose mouthful of satisfyingly assertive spices combined with sweet ripe fruit. The liquorice notes slowly evolve to reveal those typical exotic fruits and berries which define the Redbreast style.

Finish: Rich and long with those familiar Redbreast berries, slow to fade.
 

 

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