St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner – March 17th. I will use this excuse! to review some of the best Irish Whiskeys available in the market. My first pick definitely deserves to be on this list and it is one of the older expressions in the market – Redbreast 21 Year Old.
Redbreast makes ‘Single Pot’ whiskeys. Single pot still whiskey is a style of Irish whiskey made by a single distillery from a mixed mash of malted and unmalted barley distilled in a pot still. In this expression, barleys were matured in a combination of Ex-Bourbon barrels and First-Fill Oloroso casks. The result is phenomenal.
Redbreast 21 Year Old has been awarded ‘The Best Irish Whisky of 2017’ by the notorious whisky writer Jim Murray. (You can find other Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible winners here)
Redbreast 21 Year Old is available with 46% ABV. It is non-chilled filtered but does include some additives for coloring. You can get yourself a bottle of this gorgeous Irish (if you are lucky as it is very popular among enthusiasts and becomes ‘out of stock’ constantly) from Whisky Exchange for around £180.
Redbreast 21 Year Old Whisky Review
Color: Gold.. (Pretty light color for an expression with artificial coloring)
Nose: Layers of Fruity sweetness… Fresh tropical fruits, mango, apple and a bit of pineapple layered with rich, dried raisins and sultanas. Good amount of honey and vanilla… All this sweetness balanced with wood spices and nuttiness… Some extra freshness due to eucalyptus…
Palate: Rich, Full and silky smooth… Very similar to nose with a heavier touch on wood flavors… Sweet fruity flavors are creamy… Spices start to show themselves, white peppers joined with cinnamon and clover… Menthol like freshness from eucalyptus and mint add another layer to the already complex character…
Finish: Long to very long… Almost like a non-ending pleasure for your taste buds… Sweet, Spicy and fresh notes lingering all over your mouth…
This is absolutely one of the best drams I have ever had… Fantastically well balanced, full bodied, rich and flavorful whisky… Unfortunately the price tag takes this far from being an everyday dram, at least for me. Even if you don’t get a bottle, sample it the first time you come across anywhere. I can guarantee that you will fall in love with this ‘Irish Beauty’