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Redbreast

Redbreast is a single pot still Irish whiskey from Midleton distillery in Cork, matured in exclusively first-fill Sherry and bourbon casks. Rich and spicy with great mouthfeel, the Redbreast range is a firm favourite here at Master of Malt.

Originally matured under bond by W & A Gilbey using spirit from Jameson's Bow Street distillery, Redbreast J.J. Liqueur Whiskey 12 Years Old was first released in 1912. In reality, however, the whiskey in question had been produced by Gilbey's since 1903/04 in similar packaging under the name John Jameson & Son’s Castle JJ Liqueur Whiskey 12 Years Old. This followed earlier releases of John Jameson & Son 'sole make' dating back to 1887. By the 1960s around 18,000 litres of Redbreast was being bottled each year.

When Irish Distillers was formed in 1966 by bringing together the remaining, and at the time struggling, distilleries in the Republic of Ireland the writing was on the wall for those ageing casks under bond in their own warehouses. Irish Distillers were to concentrate on their own brands, especially Jameson, as they consolidated their efforts during a difficult time for Irish whiskey as a whole. Gilbey's, no doubt aided by Redbreast's reputation as a fine whiskey - 'the priest's tipple' - continued to be supplied spirit right up until the summer of 1971, however, when Irish Distillers moved their single pot still production to Cork. This allowed Gilbey's to continue producing Redbreast into the 1980s.

Although whiskey distillation left Dublin altogether during the 1970s (only returning recently), the rich, full-flavoured single pot still style it was once known for survived. The Jameson and Powers distilleries on Bow Street and John's Lane respectively, may have closed but single pot still remained central to Irish Distillers' plans and their new state-of-the-art distillery built at Midleton. Following the success of Jameson during the 1970s and having bought the Redbreast brand from Gilbey's around 1985/86, it was time for the distillers of Redbreast to recreate this great whiskey using some of the finest casks at their disposal, especially first-fill ex-Oloroso casks from Jerez.

In 1991, they were in a position to relaunch the Redbreast 12 Year Old we know and love today. Redbreast 15yo would join the range in 2005, the year after Billy Leighton became Master Blender, with Redbreast 21yo being launched in 2013. A Cask Strength 12yo is also available, which is created using a slightly different profile to the regular 12yo (as opposed to the same whiskeys simply bottled at natural strength).

Fun Fact: Redbreast is said to have been named by a Gilbey's chairman who was also a keen birdwatcher, presumably in reference to the ruby hue found in a glass of this tasty whiskey. Robin redbreast is, of course, a common name for the European robin. With the range of Redbreast whiskeys available today, you may find yourself wondering what the collective noun for robins is. Allow us to help you: It’s a worm. A worm of robins! Pleasing.

Redbreast 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%

A delightful single pot still Irish whiskey, Redbreast 12 is highly praised by Jim Murray and a host of other notable critics. Named 'Overall Irish Whiskey of the Year' at the 2013 Irish Whiskey…  More info

Redbreast 12 Year Old
63
$44.13

Redbreast 15 Year Old

70cl, 46%

A beautiful pure pot still whiskey (or "single pot still" as it's now officially known). Redbreast 15 is a rich, thick, sweet, pungent whiskey with loads of flavour and complexity - really good stuff!  More info

Redbreast 15 Year Old
16
$74.11

Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength - Batch B1/16

70cl, 57.2%

Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength Edition isn't simply the excellent Redbreast 12 Year Old bottled at a higher abv, the whiskeys used for each batch are specially selected for these superb natural…  More info

Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength - Batch B1/16
2
$74.69

Redbreast Lustau Edition

70cl, 46%

A new expression in the Redbreast range, introduced in the latter half of 2016. This single pot still Irish whiskey was initially matured in a combination of American and European oak casks for 9 to…  More info

Redbreast Lustau Edition
2
$53.38

Redbreast 25 Year Old 1991 (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 53%

A 25 year old Irish single pot still whiskey from Midleton's fantastic Redbreast series, matured in a single first fill Sherry cask! This was released in celebration of La Maison du Whisky's 60th…  More info

Redbreast 25 Year Old 1991 (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$443.30

Redbreast 21 Year Old

70cl, 46%

Redbreast is a rich, spicy single pot still Irish whiskey matured exclusively in first-fill Sherry and bourbon casks, and this fantastic 21 year old is no exception. A masterpiece of cask selection…  More info

Redbreast 21 Year Old
7
$164.10

Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength - Batch B1/12

70cl, 58.6%

Have you ever been enjoying a glass of the multi-award winning Redbreast 12 Year Old single pot still Irish whiskey and thought to yourself "This is great (because it is), but I'd quite like to taste…  More info

Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength - Batch B1/12
4

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