Redbreast 21 Year Old has been recognised as the ‘Second Finest Whiskey in the World’ by leading whiskey writer, Jim Murray in his annual Jim Murray Whisky Bible – the highest accolade ever awarded by Murray to an Irish whiskey.
Scoring a near-perfect 97 out of 100 points, the pinnacle of the Redbreast range was also awarded ‘Best Irish Whiskey of the Year’ and ‘Best Irish Pot Still Whiskey of the Year’ for the second year running and the third time in four years since its launch in 2013.
The announcement closes another highly successful awards season for Redbreast 21 Year Old, having won five top gongs around the world, including gold medals at the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, International Spirits Challenge and The Irish Whiskey Masters, in addition to scores of 95 and 97 out of 100 at the Beverage Testing Institute and Ultimate Spirits Challenge respectively.
This nod from Jim Murray is truly heartwarming for me and everyone at Midleton Distillery who has helped to make Redbreast such an enjoyed whiskey. We are humbled by this and it’s really encouraging to see traditional Irish pot still whiskey take one of the top spots in the world of whiskeys and whiskies.
When we were preparing for the launch of Redbreast 21 in 2013 and we were doing our tastings, we knew we had something special on our hands so it is great to see this appreciation shared by people across the world. This award is a testament to the team at Midleton and especially to my predecessors who had the foresight to squirrel away those casks that helped us to bring Redbreast 21 to the world.
– Billy Leighton: Redbreast Head Blender
Now in its 15th edition, Jim Murray has tasted more than 4,500 different whiskeys in order to compile Jim Murray Whisky Bible 2018, evaluating each entrant out of 25 for its nose, taste, finish and balance in order to curate a score out of 100.