Redbreast Unveils Cuatro Barriles Edition: A Travel Retail Exclusive

By Craig Ellis
Author Bio: Craig's love for all things whiskey began when he visited his first distillery, Talisker in 2006. During his free time, he likes to visit distilleries around the globe, planning his travel around these locations. Craig created The Pot Still in 2016 when he first started to collect rare and unusual whiskeys. His whiskey collection has grown and grown since. Craig writes and reviews independently and is not commissioned by any brand or distillery. Craig's views and opinions are his own.
Redbreast Cuatro Barriles Irish Whiskey - The Pot Still

Redbreast, the renowned Irish whiskey brand known for its single pot still expressions, has embarked on a new adventure with the launch of the Cuatro Barriles Edition. This exciting release, exclusive to Dublin and Cork Duty Free shops in Ireland, marks the fourth chapter in the acclaimed Redbreast Iberian Series.

The Iberian Series is a testament to Redbreast's longstanding relationship with the esteemed cooperages and winemakers of Spain and Portugal. Each expression in the series showcases the unique influence of Iberian casks on the maturation process, resulting in whiskeys of exceptional character and complexity.

A Symphony of Casks: Unveiling the Cuatro Barriles Blend

The Cuatro Barriles Edition truly lives up to its name, which translates to "Four Barrels" in Spanish. This expression features a meticulously crafted blend of whiskey aged in four distinct cask types:

  • American Ex-Bourbon Barrels: These seasoned barrels provide the foundation of the blend, imparting classic notes of vanilla, spice, and a touch of sweetness.
  • Spanish Oloroso Sherry Butts: A cornerstone of the Redbreast identity, Oloroso sherry butts contribute rich flavours of dried fruits, orange peel, and nutty undertones, characteristics that have become synonymous with the brand.
  • Portuguese Tawny Port Hogsheads: This innovative addition introduces a new dimension to the blend. Tawny port seasoned casks lend delicate hints of smoked almonds, praline, and dark berry fruits, adding an intriguing layer of complexity.
  • European Virgin Oak Casks: The use of virgin oak casks introduces a touch of elegance and structure. These pristine casks contribute drying tannins that enhance the mouthfeel and overall depth of the whiskey.

The interplay between these four cask types is truly remarkable. Each barrel contributes its own unique character, yet they all come together in perfect harmony. The result is a whiskey that is both complex and balanced, offering a captivating journey for the palate.

A Celebration of Collaboration and Innovation

Master Blender Dave McCabe describes the Cuatro Barriles Edition as a reflection of the collaborative journey undertaken with Iberian cask and wine experts. Every encounter, every cask discovery, played a pivotal role in shaping this exceptional whiskey.


"There's a profound joy in creating a whiskey that mirrors the vibrant journey taken to create it," says McCabe. "I am delighted that the flavour of the final liquid is reminiscent of our travels, encapsulating each encounter, all of which have played a pivotal role in shaping the Redbreast Iberian Series to this day."

The Cuatro Barriles Edition embodies Redbreast's commitment to both tradition and innovation. It pays homage to the brand's heritage with the use of classic casks like ex-bourbon and Oloroso sherry, while simultaneously pushing boundaries with the inclusion of tawny port and virgin oak casks. This spirit of exploration results in a whiskey that is both familiar and exciting, appealing to seasoned Redbreast enthusiasts and curious newcomers alike.

A Travel Retail Treasure Awaits

The Redbreast Cuatro Barriles Edition presents a unique opportunity for travellers passing through Dublin or Cork airports. This exclusive release offers a chance to experience the innovative spirit of Redbreast while embarking on your own journey. With its complex flavour profile and rich Iberian connection, the Cuatro Barriles Edition is a true travel retail treasure waiting to be discovered.

Tags: Irish Whiskey, Midleton, Whiskey News, Redbreast

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