Whisky Focus - Redbreast Dream Cask Review

Redbreast Dream Cask Review

22nd May 2017
Review of Redbreast Dream Cask as selected by Billy Leighton for the the Facebook Live Tasting on World Whisky Day 2017.

On Saturday evening, May 20th, I had the pleasure of taking part in a special World Whisky Day Facebook Live whisky tasting which was hosted by Midleton/Redbreast Head Blender Billy Leighton and his Apprentice Blender Dave McCabe.

At 7.00pm on Saturday evening Billy and Dave presented a rare and as it turned out a very special single cask expression of Redbreast Single Pot Still Irish whiskey live from warehouse A1 in the grounds of the Midleton Distillery, County Cork, Ireland.

I received my 100ml sample of the whiskey to be tasted around 1 week before the tasting, my sample bottle came with no label or info about the whiskey in the bottle and it was asking a lot for me to wait a week to taste the whiskey. Admittedly being the curious type I did give the sample bottle a good shake and was able to ascertain from the speed the air bubbles dissipated that it had probably been bottled around 45 - 50%, not an exact science but a good indicator. Giving it a quick nose and going by its colour I was able to say that it had a definite sherry cask influence and that it was very likely a well aged whiskey. I did however manage to refrain myself from tasting it and saved it until the evening of the tasting.

During the tasting on World Whisky Day, Billy Leighton revealed the details of the mysterious Redbreast Dream Cask whiskey, a Redbreast Single Pot Still whiskey which was over 31 years old, it was matured for 25 years in a ex-American Bourbon barrel then it was re-casked in a Spanish Oloroso sherry cask for 6 more years where it still remains today, only the samples which were bottled at a cask strength of 46.7% ABV for the World Whisky Day tasting were removed from the cask.

I asked Billy Leighton near the end of the live tasting what they intended doing with the cask (20 min 35 secs into the video above) Billy suggested that if you would like to see it bottled for members of Redbreast's whiskey club, The Birdhouse, rather than disappear into the core range then let Redbreast know via their social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter using #RedbreastDreamCask

There is around 450 litres remaining in the cask, if you would like to taste the Redbreast Dream Cask single cask whiskey which is over 31 years old for yourself then I suggest you do as Billy has suggested. After tasting it myself I would hate to see it disappear into the Redbreast core range it would be quite frankly criminal if it did. My thoughts on it are below.

You will find the current Redbreast whiskey range available from specialist online whisky retailers such as Master of Malt

Redbreast Dream Cask Sample Review

This spent 25 years in a Bourbon barrel then another 6 years in a Oloroso sherry cask and was bottled at a cask strength of 46.7% ABV.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A rich enticing sherried nose, orange, plum and apricot are intertwined with honey and vanilla. A touch of coconut and lovely pot still spice.

Taste: Juicy, fruity and floral. Honey and vanilla laced with apricot and orange, a little sweet coconut, some pepper and liquorice makes a late appearance.

Finish: A deliciously long fruity and spicy finale. Some milk chocolate. A little pear joins the apricot and orange all dusted with a touch of liquorice, pepper and oak spice. A little drying at the end.

Comment: Loved it, I want a full bottle! A stunning, deliciously juicy, fruity, complex mature pot still whisky which has clearly spent its years maturing in quality casks, it really would be a crime to not bottle at least some of the remaining 450 litres as a single cask bottling for the members of Redbreasts Birdhouse.

SMW Score 93/100


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