3rd October 2011
Year Cask Strength
we announced here last week, Irish
Distillers Limited have released there
latest addition to there small but
happily now growing family of Single Pot Still
Irish Whiskeys with the
launch of Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask
Strength Single Pot Still Whiskey.
For those of you that are not familiar
with Redbreast or indeed with this style of
whiskey, Redbreast is the largest
selling Single Pot Still Irish whiskey
in the world and is regarded as the
definitive expression of traditional Pot
Single Pot Still whiskey is unique to
Ireland in general and to the Midleton
Distillery, County Cork, in particular,
where Redbreast is now produced.
Single Pot Still whiskey is regarded as the quintessential style
of Irish whiskey. Made from a mash of
malted and unmalted barley and then
triple distilled in traditional copper
pot stills, Pot Still whiskeys are
characterised by full, complex flavours
and a wonderful, creamy mouthfeel.
So what's special about this latest
Single Pot Still Whiskey from the
Midleton Distillery? Well this is the
first cask strength pot still whiskey to
be released by Irish Distillers so this
is something new and very original. This
is Redbreast 12 year old in its natural,
full flavoured state. Straight from the
cask, non chill filtered, no water added
and bottled at is full bodied cask
strength of 57.7% ABV.
This first batch comes from just 68
casks comprising of a combination of
first fill sherry butts and first fill
bourbon barrels which were hand selected
by Master Blender, Billy Leighton.
The proportion of sherry and bourbon
casks are the same as what goes into the
standard Redbreast 12 year old. This
first batch of Redbreast Cask
Strength yielded approximately 18,000
bottles or approximately 1,400 9L case
The bottle and box carries a batch
number and year so I would guess that
this would perhaps make this first batch
quite collectable in the future and the
reason I say that is it is an absolute
cracker. So get it while you can!!!
Redbreast 12 Cask Strength Tasting Notes
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.
Full bodied, layers of rich fruit and
spice, oatcake biscuits, dark chocolate,
delicious sweet vanilla and dry oak.
A long finish. Slowly drying oak, fading
fruit and spice and a touch of vanilla
fudge hanging around right to the end.
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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