The Sherry influence really comes through from start to finish. This is dripping with figs, burnt orange peel, and vanilla. It’s a weighty whiskey with lush character and balance, showing roasted hazelnut that envelopes the palate with accenting notes of toffee and sultanas. This all prefaces a lingering spice that draws long into the finish.
There was a time when all Irish whiskeys were distilled in copper pot stills from a mixture of malted and unmalted barley. Today, however, most Irish whiskey is column-distilled and focused more on mass distribution instead of quality. Redbreast is a rare survivor of the genre. Redbreast dates back to the early 20th-Century, when the bonding company Gilbey's of Ireland used the name for Jameson spirit which they matured and bottled, but since the 1990s it has been owned by Jameson's parent company, Irish Distillers Ltd. who stakes claim on most all of the premium whiskey made in Ireland.