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Redbreast 21 Year Old The Worlds Best Irish Whiskey

16th October 2017
Review of the Redbreast 21 year old which Jim Murray recently named 'The Worlds Best Irish Whiskey'.

Redbreast 21 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey 'The Worlds Best Irish Whiskey'If you caught the Whisky News headlines at the end of last week you would have noticed that Jim Murray has named the Redbreast 21 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish whiskey as the Second Finest World Whisky Of The Year in his recently released Whisky Bible 2018, which is not a bad accolade considering Jim has reviewed over 4,500 whiskies from around the world for his Whisky Bible.

Jim scored the Redbreast 21, which sits at the top of the Redbreast core range, at a near perfect 97 out of 100 points, which also places it as his ‘Best Irish Whiskey of the Year’ and ‘Best Irish Pot Still Whiskey of the Year’ for the second year running and the third time in four years since its launch in 2013.

The recognition from Jim of the quality of the Redbreast 21 tops off an already very rewarding year for the mature pot still whiskey where it has picked up five top gongs around the world, including gold medals at the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, International Spirits Challenge and The Irish Whiskey Masters, in addition to scores of 95 and 97 out of 100 at the Beverage Testing Institute and Ultimate Spirits Challenge respectively.

Billy Leighton, Redbreast Head Blender, commented on the latest award, saying: "This nod from Jim Murray is truly heart-warming for me and everyone at Midleton Distillery who has helped to make Redbreast such an enjoyed whiskey. We are humbled by this and it’s really encouraging to see traditional Irish pot still whiskey take one of the top spots in the world of whiskeys and whiskies. When we were preparing for the launch of Redbreast 21 in 2013 and we were doing our tastings, we knew we had something special on our hands so it is great to see this appreciation shared by people across the world. This award is a testament to the team at Midleton and especially to my predecessors who had the foresight to squirrel away those casks that helped us to bring Redbreast 21 to the world."

Following the announcement last week I thought I would revisit the Redbreast 21, so I got my bottle out the cupboard and poured myself a few drams over the weekend and I can reconfirm my original review of the whiskey from when it was first launched back in 2013 still rings true.

The only downside is that the Redbreast 21 was difficult enough to get hold of before this latest accolade given its already established popularity and the fact that it is only available in limited amounts due to its age, it is now going to be very difficult to get hold of given the influence Jim Murray's Whisky Bible has on whisky sales but hopefully the Redbreast whiskey makers at the Midleton distillery have a whole load of the stuff ready to bottle.

As I said you may now struggle to get hold of a bottle of the Redbreast 21 but if you can you will not regret it, but don't overlook the rest of their core range which is equally outstanding, and a little easier on the pocket, this includes the:

You will find them all available from specialist whisky shops such as Master of Malt and The Whisky Exchange but you may have to keep looking if you are after a bottle of the Redbreast 21, sadly my bottle is now finished after the weekend so you are not along in wanting a bottle.

Redbreast 21 Year Old Review

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Packed with that unique Irish pot still fruitiness with just a touch of sherry fruitiness in there also. The fruit makes way for vanilla and mild pot still spices.

Taste: Soft creamy vanilla, juicy barley, a lovely Demerara sweetness, layers of rich fruit, touch of nuttiness. The delicious mild pot still spices increase with each mouthful, menthol at the end.

Finish: Long. Dark chocolate, raisin and pineapple, mildly drying oak and slowly fading pot still spices.

Comment: This truly is an outstanding Irish Pot Still whiskey, absolutely brilliant from nose to finish. The balance of fruit, spice and oak is perfect. I have awarded it a couple more points than my original review in 2013 but my tasting note still rings very true. A must try for Irish pot still whiskey drinkers, a deliciously juicy mature Irish single pot still whiskey.

SMW Score 95/100

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