We are no stranger to Midleton’s pot still Redbreast, however our host was determined to add a “twist” by tracking down a special edition – in this case one which features the influence of finishing in 1st fill Oloroso sherry butts for a year.
So what did we think?
Redbreast Lustau Edition 46%
- Nose – A robust start then settled down, light greed wood, creamy, loads of dried prunes, brandy butter almond, sherry rich, even marshmallows, that old style home-made sweet syrupy orange cordial, very sweet, tobacco leaves, lemon barley squash, sugar cane citrus… then after sipping more of the woods and leaves came to the fore, still retaining a lovely sweet edge
- Taste – Lots of fruits, wood and sweet tobacco
- Finish – Spice that creeps up and gives a good wake-up, really quite good – long strong with a distinctive clove studded orange, in subsequent sips had a delightful lasting quality
It had a youthful ‘vigour’ about it, tempered by the sherry richness that made for a rather good counterpoint.
Even after setting aside and revisiting – this one remained interesting. Losing some of the extra saccharin sweetness replaced with nice fruity sweet spices, some oils, wet leaves with a solid sherry quality that remained.
The triple “prunes” quality paired fabulously well with cigars… which naturally meant the evening shifted to quaffing this dram above the others.
What do the folks behind Redbreast have to say?
The newest addition to the Redbreast family, Redbreast Sherry Finish Lustau Edition offers fans a new way to experience our signature sherry taste, thanks to an old friendship. Born of a unique collaboration between the Bodegas Lustau and the Midleton Distillery, Redbreast Sherry Finish Lustau Edition is initially matured in traditional bourbon and sherry casks for a period of 9-12 years. It is then finished for 1 additional year in first fill hand selected sherry butts that have been seasoned with the finest Oloroso sherry from the prestigious Bodegas Lustau in Jerez. We are confident Redbreast fans will enjoy this new angle on Redbreast’s beloved sherry character.
- Nose: Rich infusion of dark fruits, prunes, dates and figs with liquorice, marzipan, toasted oak and Redbreast spices.
- Taste: Creamy pot still with Redbreast spices balanced with richness of sherry finish and contribution of fresh Spanish oak.
- Finish: Endless. Sweetness and pot-still spices endure while oloroso sherry and Spanish oak have the last word.
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If anyone asks, what would you suggest for a sociable occasion? Irish whiskey is defiantly at the top of the list!
So when the Whisky Ladies of Mumbai celebrated our 3rd anniversary and an opportunity to explore some Irish drams arose, how could we resist?
Our friends over at Pernod Ricard kindly offered an evening with their brand ambassador Ciaran Hanton and a few drams.
It kicked off with a round of dangerously delicious espresso whisky martini’s with a generous portion of Jameson Caskmate Stout Edition then continued with our tasting of:
And what did we think? You’ll just have to read on over the next few days as we share impressions of the whiskies while we were regaled with tales of and insights.
This wasn’t our first brush whiskies from the emerald isles…. Other Irish tasting evenings include:
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Tonight I was all set for our Mumbai Whisky Club’s monthly tasting … and as our host’s wife now regularly travels to Ireland, I had visions of sociable whiskies dancing in my head with a palate primed for pot still drams!
Alas our sampling was unavoidably postponed to next week… but I just couldn’t shake that Irish mood… So decided it was high time to revisit the joys of Irish pot stills!
A lot is said about the distinctive character of pot still whiskies – that they have a spicier character that comes from their way of blending malted and unmalted barley. Experts say it is this mash rather than the pot itself that qualifies a whisky as being a pot still whisk(e)y.
Here are a few Irish post still whiskeys we’ve sampled over the years…
Green Spot NAS 40%
- Nose – Creamy caramel, tarka, fresh green apples – tart and sweet combine
- Taste – Black peppercorn and rose sherbet, bringing together both sweet and spice
- Finish – Chewy, warm with a little spice, yet not as complex as Yellow Spot
- Add water? With water becomes lighter with a delightful toasted nut finish – delightful.
- Our verdict? While Green Spot more than holds its own, it brought back memories of the superb Yellow Spot. Value for money and an excellent example of what a single pot still can produced.
First sampled November 2013…
Yellow Spot 12 year 46%
From Ireland, a single pot still Irish whisky produced for Mitchell & Son of Dublin, matured in bourbon, sherry and Malaga casks.
- Nose – Fresh and sweet with hints of a complexity to come, sweet spices and fresh hay
- Palate – Initially a blend of sea salt and honey, it rounded out with creamy chocolate to fruit, supported by a woody toasted robustness
- Finish – Particularly superb!
- Our verdict? – Complex, with a gorgeous flavour that lingered… It has garnered some very well deserved praise from Jim Murray (and us)! An exceptional whisky that hit all our favourite counts for a wonderful malt.
First sampled June 2013 and again Dec 2015… Redbreast 12 year cask strength 57.7%
- Nose – Burnt rubber, bold, fruit cake chock full of raisins, dates, nuts, apples
- Taste – Follows through with its promise, adding cinnamon to the dried fruit and a roasted woodiness
- Finish – Stays keeping you cosy warm, like Christmas time, curled up by the fireside sipping spiced mulled whiskey, creamy, fruity, toasty warm yumminess!
- Add water? Even sweeter with spicy delight
- Our verdict? Ooooohhhhh the Redbreast definitely caught our attention and appreciation! This is certainly one worth revisiting.
First sampled November 2013… I later tried the standard 40% and must say, this cask strength one is by far my preference!
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