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Along with Green Spot 8 Year Old Irish Whiskey, Redbreast is a rare, true pure pot still. Distilled from both malted and un-malted barley, Redbreast is aged for at least 12 years in sherry and bourbon casks.
The Nose: A wonderful heat, ripe orange, a little baked fruit...apple cobbler maybe, vanilla and caramel. I might be imagining a faint whiff of sweet pipe smoke as well. There's a rye-like zing that is really mouthwatering. The pot still gives it a sharpness and a quickness. You know from the moment you put your nose in the glass that this is a strong, lively whiskey.
The Palate: Great, smooth, viscous mouth-feel. A faint wisp of wet stone...then, strength. A baked sweetness and malt notes fly everywhere doing their sharp rye imitation again only to swell into a huge, rich peppery mid-palate blow-up, replete with vanilla, burnt sugar and a faint touch of fruit.
The Finish: Long and strong, that peppery-ness dances on the tongue while all the other flavors march past in a jumbled parade.
Thoughts: For my money, this is the best Irish Whiskey out there. The pot still quality really sets it apart from its Coffey Still-addled brethren. It's a strong, insistent, incredibly well-balanced, raucous dram. Not to be missed or missing from your cabinet.