Redbreast Lustau Edition
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Redbreast’s story starts with the wine and spirits merchants, Gilbeys, founded in London in 1857 and expanded into Dublin in the 1860s. It worked with John Jameson & Son, distilling at Bow Street in Dublin, and as an importer of sherry Gilbeys began resting the Irish pot still whiskey in those sherry casks and bottling it under a variety of different names.
The Redbreast name didn’t appear until 1912, attributed to the current chairman of Gilbeys who had a fascination and love of birds. Though Bow Street Distillery closed in the summer of 1971, Redbreast is now made at the well-loved Midleton Distillery, now owned by Irish Distillers Ltd. This Lustau Edition pays tribute to the use of sherry casks throughout Redbreast’s history, with the single pot still Irish whiskey finished in first-fill oloroso sherry butts for a year from Bodegas Lustau in Jerez.
Oily orange peel and sticky ginger cake leads into dark toffee, clove, and raisins.
Spiced milk chocolate, brown sugar, and plum skin, with almond cookies and stewed apple.
A good whack of cinnamon and crisp orchard fruit, alongside a drizzle of golden syrup.