Redbreast 15 Year Single Pot Irish Whiskey
2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Gold Medal Winner
Redbreast 15 Year Old was created in 2005 for La Maison du whiskey in Paris, France. This offering was so well-received that it is now distributed worldwide, taking an Irish whiskey to appreciative taste buds around the globe. The robin, which is featured on every bottle, is a reflection of the founder's love of birds. Others surmise that the bird symbolizes soaring above earth, much like the feeling when one drinks such spirits. A whiskey of such caliber represents an exceptional value to any customer. Whether served neat or on the rocks, a fine cut crystal glass or snifter only makes the experience richer.
Redbreast dates back to 1903 when Jameson entered into an agreement with the Gilbeys Wines & Spirits Import Company to supply them with new make spirit from their Bow St. Distillery. The custom of that era was that distilleries sold bulk whiskey to ‘bonders’ who, being in the business of importing fortified wines such as sherry and port, had ample supplies of empty casks in which to mature new make whiskeys under bond.
The making of Redbreast, a single pot still whiskey, has been safeguarded and nurtured under the watchful eye of the Midleton Distillery for almost two hundred years. And Redbreast is proudly considered the definitive expression of this single pot still art.
In December 1991, Redbreast was re-introduced by Irish Distillers Limited, after an absence of almost 10 years. The veritable pot still whiskey was given a thorough makeover and benefitted from Irish Distiller's revamped wood programme. The flawless pot still distillate from Midleton Distillery was now maturing in only the finest sherry and bourbon casks. Whiskey writer Michael Jackson said "IDG relaunched Redbreast as a 12 year old. This is traditional Irish pot-still at its richest: well matured and with a generous slug of sherry. For some lovers of this style, Redbreast approaches perfection."
The result of an historically prohibitive tax placed on malted barley by the English crown, Irish Whiskey is most often produced from a combination of un-malted barley and other grains. Whereas most other Whiskeys are twice distilled, Irish Whiskeys are distilled three times in a column still and must mature in oak barrels for a minimum of three years. These intricate production steps combine to make them lighter, smoother and more approachable than other styles.