We recently visited the distillery which has been expanded, especially with the building of new warehouses, and there have been a number of exciting releases, particularly this cask strength version of Redbreast (Redbreast 12 Cask Strength was 57.7% abv for the initial batch).
Irish pot still whiskey differs from Scotch single malt in that it is made from a mixture of malted and unmalted barley and is distilled three times (usually twice in Scotland, with some exceptions...). Up until the early 1900s, this was the best-selling whiskey style in the world, but the Irish industry declined very rapidly and has only recently begun to recover.
Tasting Notes: Redbreast 12 Cask Strength
Nose: Big fruit with loads of oak character.
Palate: The signature sherry cask note of Christmas cake and dried fruit blows you away, but is followed by more delicate spice and bitter oranges, studded with cloves.
Finish: Warm, spicy, mouth coating; everything you hoped for when you read the label