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Redbreast Dream Cask 32 Year Old


10th May 2018
Irish Distillers set to launch the stunning first-fill Oloroso sherry cask finished Redbreast Dream Cask 32 year old on World Whisky Day 2018.

Redbreast Dream Cask 32 Year Old

On World Whisky Day last year 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 sidekick, Apprentice Blender Dave McCabe. They presented a mystery sample of Redbreast Single Pot Still Irish whiskey which was named Redbreast Dream Cask.

The Redbreast Dream Cask sample turned out to be an outstanding 31 year old single pot still whiskey which had spent 25 years in a Bourbon barrel then another 6 years in a Oloroso sherry cask. At the end of the tasting last year I put the question to Billy Leighton (see video), asking him what he planned on doing with the remainder of the whiskey which was still in the cask.

Well that question has now been answered, almost one year on and after a little more time maturing in the Oloroso sherry cask Irish Distillers has announced the launch of the Redbreast Dream Cask 32 Year Old, which will be available to buy through its online members’ club, The Birdhouse, from World Whisky Day Saturday 19th May 2018. The release follows requests from consumers and whiskey experts over the past 12 months, and becomes the first in a new series planned for the coming years.

The Redbreast Dream Cask 32 Year Old was filled into re-fill American Oak ex-Bourbon barrels on 31st October 1985, then on 8th March 2011, the whiskey was re-casked into a first-fill Oloroso Sherry-seasoned butt, Cask No. 41207. It was then recently bottled especially for the Redbreast online members’ club, The Birdhouse.

Redbreast Dream Cask 32 Year Old Cask No. 41207 is non chill-filtered and has been bottled at 46.5% ABV and is a limited release of 816 50cl bottles. With a price tag of €500 per bottle it is certainly one for those with deep pockets but as I said in my review of this whiskey it really is a stunning, deliciously juicy, fruity, complex mature pot still whisky which has clearly spent its years maturing in quality casks. If your pockets are deep enough, don't miss out on this one.

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

Redbreast Dream Cask Sample Review


This is a review of a Redbreast Dream Cask sample taken from the cask 1 year ago when it was 31 year old, it had 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

 

Redbreast Dream Cask 32 Year Old Review


Redbreast Dream Cask one year on and bottled at 46.5% ABV. Has it changed much?

William Morrison's Tasting Notes
:

Nose: Still sherry rich, perhaps slightly more so. Orange, plum and apricot are complemented by some marzipan, honey and vanilla and those lovely pot still spices are always there in the background.

Taste: Absolutely delicious, the sherry butt is now leading with slightly more intensity, orange and apricot brandy laced with the marzipan, honey and vanilla from the nose. A little cocoa richness, some pepper and oak spice.

Finish: It still has 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.

Comment: As you would expect with an additional year in
a first-fill Oloroso sherry cask the sherry notes have been turned up ever so slightly. This is simply stunning from nose to finish, an absolutely delicious mature sherried Irish Pot Still whiskey and I doubt many like this will come along in a lifetime. The highest of quality sherry cask used here and it has produced one of the best pot still whiskey's I have ever tasted or probably likely to taste. If this is in your price bracket I can highly recommend it.

SMW Score 96/100

 

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