Redbreast Pedro Ximénez Edition has recently been released as the first new release to celebrate Redbreast’s deep ties to the peninsula’s finest cooperages and wine makers!
Redbreast Irish Whiskey, produced by Irish Distillers at Midleton Distillery, has unveiled a new collection of whiskeys. The Iberian Series celebrates the brand’s long-standing connection to some of the Iberian Peninsula’s most celebrated cooperages and winemakers.
The first limited edition release to join the series, Redbreast Pedro Ximénez Edition is a single pot still Irish whiskey, triple distilled and initially matured in ex-bourbon and oloroso sherry casks before being re-casked into delectable Pedro Ximénez hogsheads from the southern tip of Spain for a minimum of 12 months.
Just half the size of a standard sherry butt, the increased surface area of the hogshead intensifies the flavour contribution from the Pedro Ximénez-soaked wood, imparting notes of treacle, raisins and orange zest thanks to the sweeter grape variety used in the world renowned sherry.
Crafted to the exacting standards of Irish Distillers Master Blender Billy Leighton and Blender Dave McCabe, Redbreast Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Pedro Ximénez Edition is bottled at 46% ABV and without chill-filtration.
It is available now in Ireland, the UK, Finland and Global Travel Retail and in the US from November at RRP of €80, £72, $86.
So, what did I think? Here are my tasting notes …
Tasting Notes – Redbreast Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Pedro Ximénez Edition (46%)
Nose: Plump raisins, gorgeous sherry and port notes revealing cane sweetness, toffee and vanilla. Tangy citrus blood oranges with shades of coffee come along later.
Palate: Satisfying syrupy mouthfeel imparting, in large part, the Nose characteristics mentioned above. i.e. plump raisins, sherry, port, cane sweetness, rich toffee vanilla and additionally creamy chocolate.
Finish: Mildly spicy with whispers of wood but it’s the lovely sherried, creamy sweetness et al that really takes centre stage – and all the flavour awards!
Overall: Well Redbreast has done it again! It’s great to hear about production methods etc. but when you get to taste what the differences these methods actually make to the Nose and Palate then these details really start to make sense.
Oh how this is so true – intense flavours rich beyond measure!
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