Dublin Event: Rebreast Revival

  • 28 Mar 2013
  • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Sinatra's Lounge, Arlington Hotel, Bachelors Walk, Dublin 1
  • 40

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One of the Society's favourite whiskeys, Redbreast, almost disappeared in the early 80s. Pot Still as a style of whiskey was dying out completely. Companies like Fitzgerald and Dillon tried to revive the brand by experimenting with a lighter and cheaper blended version.

IDL eventually took the brand back entirely. In 2005 they created a once-off 15 year old version for La Maison du Whisky . It became a much sought after whiskey and, as a result, IDL introduced Redbreast 15 as a regular release.

As Redbreast increased in popularity it contributed in no small part to the revival of pot still whiskey in Ireland and the rebirth of Irish whiskey in general.

We will taste various incarnations of this whiskey and judge how it has developed over the last few decades.

Whiskeys


Note: At the end of the night we vote for our favourite whiskey. Number of votes and placing are included in the tables below.

1. Redbreast 12 year old

ABV 40% Age 12
Type Single pot still Finish -
Distillery Midleton Region Ireland
Distilled
Bottled
Votes 1 Place 5
Notes
  • Bourbon- and sherry-matured


2. Redbreast 12 year old Cask Strength

ABV 58.6% Age 12
Type Single pot still Finish -
Distillery Midleton Region Ireland
Distilled
Bottled
Votes 19 Place 1
Notes
  • Bourbon- and sherry-matured
  • Batch B1/12 (bottled 2012)
  • Non-chill filtered


3. Gilbey's Redbreast 12 year old


ABV 40% Age 12
Type Single pot still Finish -
Distillery Jameson Bow Street Region Ireland
Distilled
Bottled
Votes 2 Place 4
Notes
  • Bottled ~1981
  • 12-25 years old


4. Redbreast Pot Still Blend


ABV 40% Age NAS
Type Blend Finish -
Distillery Midleton Region Ireland
Distilled
Bottled
Votes 0 Place 6
Notes
  • Bottled for Edward Dillon & Co
  • Pot still & grain blend
  • Produced 1998-2003


5. Redbreast 15 year old (2011/2012)


ABV 46% Age 15
Type Single pot still Finish -
Distillery Midleton Region Ireland
Distilled
Bottled
Votes 8 Place 3
Notes
  • We individually tried either a 2011 batch bottle or a 2012 batch bottle
  • Bourbon- & sherry-matured
  • Non-chill filtered 


6. Redbreast 15 year old (2005)


ABV 46% Age 15
Type Single pot still Finish -
Distillery Midleton Region Ireland
Distilled
Bottled
Votes 19 Place 1
Notes
  • Bottled for La Maison du Whisky, Paris
  • Bourbon- & sherry-matured
  • Non-chill filtered



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