This past Sunday we had the great opportunity to sample the Redbreast range along with Dave McCabe (Blender) and Billy Leighton (Head Blender) of Irish Distillers at Norfolk Wine and Spirits in Norfolk, MA. Lucky for us, we had tasted most of the range before but there is one I’ve not written about before and that is their 21-year expression which is their oldest expression to date.
Before I get more into this expression I wanted to touch upon Norfolk Wine and Spirits. If you live in Massachusetts and you love whisk(e)y, bourbon and spirits of any sorts and you’ve not been here, you are truly missing out. We got word about this little gem by Nick Taylor from Taylor and Taylor Whiskey Co. The way he described to us, a shop with walls upon walls of whiskies and he was not lying. This place is absolutely mind blowing!
This holiday season if you are looking for some new whisky to try and/or gift I suggest checking this place out. I can guarantee you; you will leave there with something amazing. Now on to the whisky.
Nose: oak, tropical fruit and nuts
Palate: vanilla, nuts, spices, fruit and oak
Finish: lingering notes of spices and barley
WOW! This is Irish whiskey at its best. It is smooth, complex and first rate. This is hands down my favorite Redbreast expression. I was taken aback by the robust depth of flavor in each sip. It’s an Irish whiskey that is unique and reminiscent of a single malt Scotch.
Thinking ahead, this would definitely make for a heck of a holiday gift for any whiskey lover. It is expensive at around $250 so you must really like that person but, I will say that I think this bottle is worth every penny.
There is something quite special about this whiskey. It’s different, smooth from start to finish and tastes like no other Irish whiskey out there. I highly recommend trying.
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.