Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength Irish Whiskey

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Aged for 12 years, this whiskey was named "Irish Whiskey of the Year" by Whisky Advocate.
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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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Proof 117.2 (58.6% ABV) (may vary)
Distiller/Bottler Name Midleton Distillery
Size 750mL

NOSE
A fruit explosion; figs, dates, ripe banana, sultana, red apple and lime. Pot Still spices combine with the sweet vanilla and pine from the casks.

TASTE
Deep full dried fruit, a touch of citrus with aromatic oils and spices. Vanilla sweetness leads to toasted oak and barley.

FINISH
Exceedingly long, rich complexity of spices and fruit, slowly fading through sweet butterscotch to barley.

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