I’m a huge Redbreast fan! So, when I saw this bottling made exclusively for the U.S. I knew I had to get it. Not only because it’s Redbreast but, because it’s cask strength. Cask strength whiskies are always a go for me and this one has an ABV of 58.7%.
This single pot still whiskey is tripled distilled, mature in American Oak Casks and Spanish Sherry Butts. The whiskies were then re-casked in Olorosso Sherry Butts to further the tasting notes.
Nose: oak, black cherry, sherry and vanilla
Palate: wood, spices, sherry and light vanilla
Finish: spices and warming burn
Cost: $114 (depending where you buy)
This whiskey is not for the faint of heart. You don’t like strong whiskies, you are not going to like this. This whiskey is bold, intense and the strength of it is completely unapologetic.
With olorosso sherry notes you’d certainly expect loads of sweetness in this whiskey but nope, I didn’t get that. The sweetness in this whiskey is very short lived. It’s lightly sweet, with minimal sherry notes that quickly disappear. You do get loads of spices and wood notes. It’s an absolutely delicious whiskey. The tasting notes on the box lead you to believe that this is more of a sweeter whiskey but I find that it’s more balanced in flavors. It’s a complex whiskey and it will most certainly warm you up. Perfect for these winter nights!
My one issue with this whiskey… the cost. It tastes fantastic but personally, it’s not $114 fantastic. If you are looking for an affordable cask strength, this is not it. This whiskey is for those who love Redbreast, love bold flavors, truly love Irish whiskey and have a little bit more money to spend.
I am extremely happy with the taste and quality of this whiskey, but yes, I wish it had been a little more kind to my wallet.
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.