Whisky Focus - Redbreast 21 Year Old Review

Redbreast 21 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

27th September 2013
Introducing the Redbreast 21 year old, the latest addition and oldest expression in the Redbreast range.

Fans of single pot still Irish whiskey will be pleased to hear that Irish Distillers has announced a new addition to the Redbreast single pot still Irish whiskey range with the launch of Redbreast 21 Year Old, the pinnacle of the range to date. I have to say I am quite excited about this one myself, it is about time we seen some more older Irish whiskeys available and what better than a Redbreast single pot still whiskey.

To celebrate the newest member of the Redbreast Family, Master Blender Billy Leighton hosted a special tasting in London last night. The new expression is the ninth Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey to be added to the Irish Distillers portfolio and arrives after another strong year for the Irish whiskey category.

Redbreast 21 Year Old sits alongside Redbreast 12 Year Old, Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength and Redbreast 15 Year Old to complete the largest-selling and most definitive Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey brand in the world.

As the oldest and richest expression in the decorated Redbreast family, Redbreast 21 Year Old is the finest representation of the brand’s signature sherry style. It is made from a mash of malted and unmalted barley, triple distilled in copper pot stills and matured in a combination of American Bourbon barrels and first fill Spanish oloroso sherry casks. The 21 year ageing process introduces new levels of depth and flavour, creating an inherently complex and rewarding whiskey.

Whiskey lovers eagerly anticipate the launch of new Single Pot Still Irish Whiskeys and Redbreast 21 Year Old, as the oldest age-statement whiskey in the Irish Distillers portfolio, is anticipated to be notably popular and savoured by Irish whiskey enthusiasts. In the US, Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey continues to perform strongly, driven primarily by the popularity of Redbreast.

Billy Leighton, Master Blender at Midleton Distillery, said: "Redbreast 21 Year Old is a very special Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey and one of which I am immensely proud. Once my team and I tasted the 21 Year Old whiskey, there was never any question about whether we should release a younger expression - the older whiskey showed such stunning levels of depth, flavour and taste, we just had to bring it out for the growing army of Redbreast and Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey fans around the world. We’re really excited to see how Redbreast 21 Year Old is received and we hope Irish whiskey fans will find it as delightful and rewarding to drink as it was for me to craft."

Redbreast 21 Year Old is non chill-filtered and was bottled at 46% ABV and is available in very limited quantities. The exclusive expression will be available from this month in the USA, France, UK, Ireland and Germany priced around £150 and can be found in specialist whisky shops such as Master of Malt and The Whisky Exchange

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: As I hoped a 46%, non chill-filtered Irish pot still whiskey of this age would be, brilliant from nose to finish. The balance of fruit, spice and oak is perfect. It is unbelievable to think Redbreast pot still whiskey almost disappeared, I could only have dreamt of a Redbreast 21 year old a few years ago. A must try for Irish pot still whiskey drinkers, a deliciously juicy mature Irish single pot still whiskey.

SMW Score 93/100

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