Redbreast is “pure pot still” whiskey, a style unique to Ireland. It is triple distilled in traditional copper stills. However, unlike a single malt which uses 100% malted barley, “pure pot still” whiskeys are a mix of malted and unmalted barley. This mixed mashbill gives the whisky a distinctive spiciness known as ‘pot still character’.
For many years, Green Spot, bottled by Mitchell & Son of Dublin was the only single (pure) pot still whiskey on the market. And it was not available in the United states. However, when Redbreast was reintroduced in the 1990s it gained an immediate following. This sparked a resurgence in the popularity of traditional Irish whiskey. And in recent years new brands have come on the market including Yellow Spot, and a number of other releases by Midleton Distillery.
This is truly an outstanding whiskey and one even a knave like myself can recommend without cause for concern.
Producer: Midleton Distillery
Price Range: $$
Awards: 2005, 07, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16; Beverage Testing Institute 2014 (93) 16 (93); Wine Enthusiast 2012 (93)
Tasting Notes —
Nose: Intense spicy notes from the mature pot still whiskey, creating an assertively full-bodied aroma.
Palette: Significant sherry richness leading to a nutty flavour with mild woody undertones from the years spent in the cask.
Finish: Warm and long-lasting
$$$$$ = Greater than $100
$$$$ = $80 – 100
$$$ = $50 – 80
$$ = $30 – 50
$ = Less than $30
Further Ratings & Reviews
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