Redbreast Lustau Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Redbreast Lustau

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  • Distiller:

    Midleton

  • Bottler:

    Midleton

  • ABV:

    46%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: whiskyfun
  • Excerpt: Not a total fan, I think I do prefer the brighter and fresher ‘natural’ ones. But then of course, it’s very good. It’s Redbreast, after all.
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  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: This is full-bodied yet refined Redbreast: the Spanish oak sherry butts shaping the red berry fruits, apples, marzipan, and creamy yet oily consistency. Clean, sweet oloroso finish. Qué delicioso!
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: Honey sweetness counterweights the spice with soaked oak at every step. A very long finish gives the best from a blend of sugar and spice with swells of clove.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: Redbreast Lustau is awesome… just awesome
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: The finish is lengthy, creamy, and spicy — all at once — everything building to a cohesive whole that is well worth exploring, age statement or no.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The finish is very long and slightly dry with lingering spices and subtle fruity notes. Overall, very well-balanced and vibrant.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Wine Enthusiast
  • Excerpt: Big, spicy flavors sweep over the palate in waves: vanilla, waxy honey, apple butter, dried apricot and dried fig, drying to chamomile tea and oak midpalate, and winding into a rich honey finish.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: Whiskey Consensus
  • Excerpt: I would recommend this for a bourbon drinker that is trying to explore the Irish whiskey category or an Irish whiskey drinker that wants a good pour that is a little outside of the box.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: I bought it hoping for the Redbreast character and a really notable sherry presence. That really isn't what I got. The sherry finish is not bold, but I grew to appreciate that there is nice balance here.
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  • Intro:

    Redbreast is a product line produced by Midleton Distillery in Ireland. This specific expression is a sherry finished offering that takes the Redbreast pot still product and finishes it for some time in sherry casks. It is bottled at 46% ABV and is NCF | NCA.

  • Nose:

    Faint ethanol, buttered rolls. Honey, toffee and rich sherried fruits. Its not at all like a sherry bomb, more light dessert with some sherry in the background.

  • Taste:

    Medium mouth feel. Pepper, vanilla and toffee are the big notes here. There is some sherry character - notably figs, raspberries and light blackberry - but its mostly backseat to the rich Irish profile. Theres a lot of buttery caramel, doughy cake / dinner rolls, and toffee. The sherry is faint.

  • Finish:

    Short, but sweet. Sherry is faint, but blends nicely with big caramel toffee notes, and some leather.

  • Overall:

    I really waffled back and forth over the life of this bottle. Some days I was bored, some days I liked it. I bought it hoping for the Redbreast character and a really notable sherry presence. That really isn't what I got. The sherry finish is not bold, but I grew to appreciate that there is nice balance here. Irish whiskey typically isn't the most robust or complex spirit out there, at least in my opinion, but I found the sherry being restrained added a nice level of complexity. In wavering between a 5 and a 6, I'm giving this a 6/10.

  • Score:

    6

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