Hey, you like Redbreast, right? And you’d like to have a bottle of its new Dream Cask release all to yourself? Well, here’s your chance!
UPDATE: we have a winner! Congratulations to the following victors who received a birdfeeder: Victoria Dean, Anthony Stewart, and Richard Ambler. And the winner of the Dream Cask: Daniel Grant.
You might recall us recently reporting on Irish Distillers’ decision to mark World Whisky Day by expanding its celebrated Redbreast Dream Cask series. It’s a range that’s brought us some of Ireland’s most exceptional whiskies already and, as someone who has tasted the new release, I can assure you that the standard has been maintained with Redbreast Dream Cask Double Cask Edition.
As with all its Dream Cask whiskies, Redbreast has made it available via online ballot. But we’ve also managed to secure a bottle ourselves, which one lucky person will win by entering our latest competition.
How? By picking up a bottle of Redbreast 12 Year Old and/or Redbreast Lustau Edition. In fact, you can grab as many as you’d like. As long as it’s those two whiskies, you’re in the running. Oh, and the first three runners-up will each win a bottle of Redbreast 12 Year Old with Project Wingman Bird Feeder.
What you win
Here’s a little info on our grand prize to whet the appetite. Redbreast Dream Cask Double Cask Edition, the fifth edition in the range, is a 30-year-old single pot still Irish whiskey aged in two casks. These were selected by master blender Billy Leighton and blender Dave McCabe, who each picked a favourite from Midleton’s considerable inventory. Leighton went for a first-fill ex-Oloroso sherry butt filled in May 1990, while McCabe chose a first-fill ex-bourbon barrel filled in November 1991.
These precious Redbreast whisky housed in these two casks were then combined, bringing together the two distinct components of the Redbreast DNA. Sherry casks have always been the star of the show where Redbreast is concerned, so it’s nice to see the role ex-bourbon casks play in its composition get some attention. It’s the ying to the sherried yang, after all.
The whiskey is bottled at 56.9% ABV and is presented in a keepsake book made from recyclable cardboard. Leighton says to expect a whisky “rich in robust spice with wood-driven characteristics and notes of dark-roasted coffee, sweet liquorice, orange peel, and smoked almonds amplified by the wine cask’s influence”. I’d add that it has the most beautiful, full-bodied blackcurrant quality too. Greg Dillon of Great Drams fame likened it to adult Ribena at the virtual tasting we attended.
If that sounds up your alley, then get entering now! You have until 23:59:59 UK time on 19 June 2022.
Redbreast Dream Cask Competition 2022 open to entrants 18 years and over. Entries accepted from 10:00:00 UK time on 13 June 2022 to 23:59:59 UK time on 19 June 2022. Winners chosen at random after close of competition. Prizes not transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash equivalent. See full T&Cs for details.