About Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength Irish Whiskey
In 1857, W&A Gilbey Co. was founded in a basement cellar at the corner of Oxford Street and Berwick in London. By the turn of the century, the company — a wine and spirits merchant — held one of the largest stocks of maturing whiskey in its inventory, and had expanded to Dublin, Belfast and Edinburgh. In 1912, Gilbeys began selling a 12 year old whiskey named Redbreast
. The name was a reference to the Robin Redbreast (a type of bird) and is attributed to the Chairman of Gilbeys, who was an avid ornithologist.
Today, Redbreast 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey continues to pay homage to the legacy of Gilbeys and its European origins. The whiskey is crafted from a marriage of malted and unmalted barley, which are milled and mashed before being triple-distilled through traditional copper-pot stills. The inclusions of unmalted barley in the whiskey's mashbill, along with the tradition of triple distillation, are uniquely Irish approaches to producing whiskey.
Following distillation, the whiskey is matured in a combination of casks that were previously used to mature Spanish Oloroso sherry and bourbon. After a 12-year slumber, the whiskey is bottled at cask strength (117.2 proof) without the use of chill filtration.
Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength Irish Whiskey earned a score of 96 points from Whisky Advocate
, which named it Irish Whiskey of the Year. It also earned a score of 95 points from Whisky Magazine
. In addition, it was called a "flavorbomb" and "exceptional" by Cigar Aficionado
and the "favorite whiskey" of Forbes
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About Irish Whiskey
Contrary to popular belief that Scots invented whisk(e)y, Irish whiskey was mentioned almost a century before its Scottish brother.
Its origin comes from the perfume distilling monks who decided to tweak the recipe a bit, creating Irish whiskey.
Irish whiskey doesn’t have a lot of rules and regulations to be considered “pure” and can be made with various grains and processes, as long as it is aged for at least three years in wooden casks and has a max ABV of 94.8%.
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