They say that no-one does it better than the Irish and, when it comes to whiskey, we have the awards to prove it! Redbreast 12-Year-Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey has just been awarded the ‘Worldwide Whiskey Trophy 2019’ after scoring a fantastic 98/100 points at the International Wine & Spirit Competition.
This isn’t the first accolade for the largest selling Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey in the world. Back in 2010, it won Irish Whiskey of the Year. All in all, it is a popular whiskey on Irish soil and across the globe.
The History of Redbreast
Redbreast has been on the market for over 100 years. Back in 1903, an agreement was reached between John Jameson & Sons and Gilbeys Wine & Spirits Import Company. Jameson would send spirit from their Bow Street Distillery to Gilbeys to mature. As a spirit importer, Gilbey’s would have plenty of empty Sherry casks to house the whiskey in. (Redbreast 12 is aged in a combination of Oloroso Sherry Casks and Bourbon Barrels.) The spirit wasn’t officially sold as ‘Redbreast’ whiskey until 1912. This was a nickname the whiskey had inherited from the Chairman of Gilbeys, who was an avid birdwatcher.
As Irish whiskey brands started to disappear in the crash of the mid-1900s (you can read our history of Irish whiskey here), Gilbey’s continued to sell Redbreast. Even when Jameson Bow Street closed (1971) and move to the New Midleton Distillery in Cork, Redbreast was produced as it always had been. It wasn’t until 1985 that Gilbey’s stopped production of the whiskey and sold the brand to Irish Distillers, home of other infamous Irish whiskey brands such as Jameson and Powers. After a couple of years absence from the market, Redbreast was relaunched in 1991 with their now award-winning 12-Year-Old.
Redbreast 12 is often referred to as ‘Christmas Whiskey’ because of the fruit sherry casks that it is kept in. These are the kinds of flavours that you can expect:
NOSE. Dried fruits and spices with a honey sweetness top note.
PALATE. Rich oils and spices, including Nutmeg and Ginger. A warm barley taste that may even remind some people of Irish brown bread!
FINISH. Warm, nutty and Christmassy!
Try Redbreast 12-Year-Old Single Pot Still in our bar as part of our ‘Top Shelf Flight’ (Green Spot, Redbreast 12, Powers John’s Lane, Yellow Spot) or in a dedicated Redbreast Flight (12, 15, Lustau, 21). Find our bar on the 1st floor of the Irish Whiskey Museum, 119 Grafton Street, Dublin.