Produced by the Midleton Distillery, Redbreast 12 is made from a combination of both malted and un-malted barley. This makes Redbreast unique in that no grain whisky is added. The whiskey is aged exclusively in ex-Oloroso sherry casks, giving it its signature Christmas cake characteristic.
Nose: Spicy clove and cinnamon, orange peel.
Taste: Toffee, candied orange and glace cherries.
Finish: Spicy dried figs, honey leading to toasted oak.
Overall: A kitchen of fruits and spices on Christmas day morning.
Highly rated amongst critics and enthusiasts alike, the Redbreast 12 is an exceptional whiskey not to be missed. The single pot still style of Redbreast will appeal to scotch fans and Irish whiskey enthusiasts alike. If you’re looking for something different for a Speyside fan, try the Redbreast 12 with all it’s Oloroso Christmas cake character.
If the person you’re buying for is a fan of the Redbreast 12, you could also try Glenfarclas 15, Teeling Single Malt or Macallan 12 Sherry.
Irish whiskey was once the most popular spirit in the world and has been massively on the rise in popularity in recent years. Ireland and Scotland both lay claim to being whisky’s original creator but it’s likely both nations developed a similar product at around the same time. The knowledge of distillation is commonly thought to have been brought to Ireland (and Scotland) by monks returning from the Mediterranean and the Middle East in around 1000AD.
ABOUT THE DISTILLERY
Midleton is widely acknowledged as Irish whiskey’s spiritual home. In 1966, John Jameson, Powers, and the Cork Distillery Company formed Irish Distillers and in a bid to make sure their future was tenable, closed all their existing distilleries and merged into one site in Midleton, Cork. This was the only site big enough for expansion. Midleton is now one of the largest and most modern distilleries in the world boasting three 75,000 litre pot stills.
Water, Yeast, Malted Barley, Unmalted Barley.