Irish Distillers bottles 32yo Redbreast Dream CaskBy Owen Bellwood
Pernod Ricard-owned Irish Distillers has launched Redbreast Dream Cask, a 32-year-old single pot still whiskey that is the first in a series of expressions planned for release in the coming years.
Redbreast Dream Cask was originally unveiled as part of a Facebook Live whiskey tasting event for World Whisky Day 2017.
Since the event, participants and viewers have called on Irish distillers to make Redbreast Irish whiskey available to purchase – making it the oldest Redbreast expression to go on sale.
Redbreast master blender, Billy Leighton, said: “In almost 40 years as a blender, Redbreast Dream Cask is a real highlight as I am able to select my own, personal dream Irish whiskey and share it with the world.
“Our inaugural tasting in 2017 was by far the largest whiskey tasting I have ever held, and the feedback we have received from the whiskey community on the liquid has been phenomenal, so it’s an honour to see it bottled to mark World Whisky Day 2018 – and watch this space for our 2019 plans.”
To make Dream Cask, single pot still Irish whiskey was filled into refill American oak ex-Bourbon barrels in 1985. After ageing for 26 years, the spirit was transferred into a first-fill oloroso Sherry butt for an extended finishing period.
Dream Cask is said to be “smooth with wood resin notes, lots of ripe fresh fruit flavours and an extremely balanced finish.”
Redbreast Dream Cask is non-chill-filtered and bottled at 46.5% abv. The expression will be available rom World Whisky Day 2018 (19 May) exclusively through Redbreast’s online private members’ club, The Birdhouse, for €500 per 500ml bottle.