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!
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.
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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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.
Faint ethanol, buttered rolls. Honey, toffee and rich sherried fruits. It's not at all like a sherry bomb, more light dessert with some sherry in the background.
Medium mouth feel. Pepper, vanilla and toffee are the big notes here. There is some sherry character - notably figs, raspberries and light blackberry - but it's mostly backseat to the rich Irish profile. There's a lot of buttery caramel, doughy cake / dinner rolls, and toffee. The sherry is faint.
Short, but sweet. Sherry is faint but blends nicely with big caramel toffee notes and some leather.
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.
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