About Redbreast Lustau Edition Single Pot Still 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. At the suggestion of the company’s chairman, an avid ornithologist, in 1912 Gilbeys began selling whiskey named after the European robin redbreast.
The latest release in the Redbreast line, Lustau Edition continues to pay homage to the legacy of Gilbey and its Irish origins while highlighting the brand’s ties to Spain’s legendary sherry producer, Bodegas Lustau in Jerez. Though prior editions of Redbreast have also been aged in former sherry casks, this blend was crafted with the goal of putting flavors imparted from Oloroso sherry at the forefront of the palate.
The Master Blender at Midleton Distillery (where Redbreast is distilled), Billy Leighton, stated "It's putting the spotlight on the Lustau, but it’s putting the floodlight on the sherry business in general. I think it's kind of us giving credit or appreciation to the people in the sherry business for doing what they do for us. I think the whisky business in general is not very good at showing appreciation at what other people are doing to support them. It’s kind of us tipping our hat to the sherry business in general; to show that we appreciate it. You have to give credit where it’s due."
As are all Redbreast whiskeys, Lustau Edition 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 Irish whiskey is matured for nine to twelve years in a combination of ex-bourbon and sherry casks. What makes this blend particularly special is the final year it spends finishing in Spanish oak Oloroso casks, hand-selected from Bodegas Lustau for the purpose of accenting sherry flavors that underlie previous releases from Redbreast.
As a result, Redbreast Lustau Edition has an aroma of stone fruit, prunes and dates accented with anise and toasted oak. The creamy palate combines spices typical to the Redbreast line with a rich sherry finish thanks to the Spanish oak.
This is a historic release from Redbreast, the first permanent addition to the collection since Redbreast 21 premiered in 2013.
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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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