Best of the Best 2013: Spirits: Redbreast 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Cask Strength Irish Whiskey
Redbreast Whiskey first appeared as an independent bottling by the Jameson distillery in the early 20th century. In the 1990s, the label reemerged as an 80-proof 12 Year Old pot-still whiskey that was produced using the original triple-distilled formula, which called for approximately two-thirds bourbon barrels and one-third sherry casks. In 2005, a one-off 15 Year Old 90-proof bottling briefly made an appearance in Ireland and France; this whiskey has since been brought into full but limited production, and together with the 12 Year Old, it forms the basis of Redbreast’s single-pot-still category. The latest addition to this portfolio is Redbreast 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Cask Strength Irish Whiskey (www.singlepotstill.com, $79), a non-chill-filtered powerhouse. Bottled at 117.2 proof, Redbreast’s first cask-strength whiskey emphasizes its sherry-barrel influences, revealing full flavors of ripe fig, dried fruit, and butterscotch.