Redbreast is a pure potstill whisky made at the Midleton distillery by Diageo. A pure potstill whiskey is defined as one that is made from a mash of malted and unmalted barley and is distilled in a potstill (i.e. in batches, as opposed to in a continuous distillation process used for whiskeys like Jameson). So the production process is the same as a Scottish single malt, except for the fact that they use a mixture of 40% malted and 60% unmalted barley in the mash. Matured in a combination of Spanish oloroso sherry casks and bourbon casks, this was originally launched as a limited edition, but is now (happily) a part of their core range.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Light and fruity. Alcoholic toffee apples. Dark chocolate. Slightly gingery.
Palate: Sweet. Loads more apples with a citrus and oaky accompaniment and an oat biscuit undertow. Lemon puff biscuits on the finish. Beautiful!
Retails for around £70-75