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Redbreast launches limited edition 10-year-old Irish whiskey

Irish whiskey label Redbreast is celebrating the 30th anniversary since the brand was resurrected with the launch of 10-year-old expression.

The bottling is modeled on an expression produced by the original brand owner and wine and spirits merchant W.A Gilbey, which was last produced over half a century ago.

As a wine importer, Gilbey’s had access to Sherry casks and would source distillate from the nearby Jameson Distillery, which it matured in its casks.

Now recreated by the current brand owner, Irish Distillers, the spirit is composed of three different distillates, ranging in age from 10 to 15 years. Each one has been matured in both American ex-Bourbon barrels and Oloroso Sherry casks.

Redbreast master blender, Billy Leighton, said: “This release rejoices the longstanding history of Redbreast Irish Whiskey and celebrates the distinctive qualities which Redbreast is known for globally. Redbreast 10-Year-Old offers a unique, rich flavour profile with notes of tropical and dried fruit, which gives way to a balance of richness from the inclusion of Sherry casks. I am delighted to share this release with whiskey advocates and Redbreast fans across the globe.”

The distillates used to make the whiskey would usually be reserved for older age-statement expressions, the brand said in a statement. The packaging has been designed to “enhance the traditional credentials of the Redbreast brand”, which was first launched in 1912. The label was inspired by the white label and red seal used on the original Gilbey’s 10-Year-Old.

The whiskey is bottled at 59.1% ABV and has a RRP of €100. The spirit has gone on sale exclusively through Redbreast’s online membership platform known as The Birdhouse.

Blender Dave McCabe added: “Redbreast has gone from strength to strength to become the largest selling single pot still Irish whiskey in the world, with a fascinating and rich history of which we are incredibly proud. For this limited-edition bottling, we seized the opportunity to praise the iconic Sherry influence on the range and pay tribute to the rich history between Spanish and Irish craft. This is a representation of the coming together of tradition, and true craftsmanship, which has been handed down for generations.”

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