Redbreast Irish Whiskey, a brand of Pernod Richard, unveiled its Redbreast Tawny Port Cask Edition.
Redbreast Tawny Port Cask Edition is the second limited edition to join the brand’s acclaimed Iberian Series, following the 2021 release Redbreast Pedro Ximénez Edition, and permanent expression and series anchor Redbreast Lustau Edition.
The limited-edition single pot still Irish whiskey — finished in tawny port casks from Portugal’s Douro Valley — was produced by Irish Distillers at the Midleton Distillery in Cork, Ireland, the company notes. Expertly created by esteemed Master Blender Billy Leighton and Blender Dave McCabe, Redbreast Tawny Port Cask Edition initially matured in a combination of bourbon and oloroso sherry casks, it says.
The inspiration for Redbreast Tawny Port Cask Edition started 12 years ago, when Leighton took a trip to the Douro Valley in Portugal to visit some of Midleton Distillery’s partner cooperages and winemakers, the company says.
“We were enjoying lunch with the late renowned winemaker Joaquim Anacleto and Gesprove Winemaker José Pinheiro overlooking the valley, discussing the various wines and spirits that had influenced our whiskeys,” Leighton said in a statement. “And, being in the valley, we began to imagine how Tawny Port’s intricate flavor profile could affect our whiskies. Curiosity took hold, and we decided to make this daydream a reality — and we are quite pleased with the impeccable result.”
Redbreast Tawny Port Cask Edition has notes of praline, buttery baked goods, and dried cherries from the earlier tawny port influence, followed by a warming sweetness of toasted caramel and vanilla carried through from the bourbon and an added depth of dried fruits from the sherry, the company notes. The final maturation period in newly procured tawny port casks elevates the nutty character further and provides a sweet finish for a rich, full-bodied whiskey, it says.
Redbreast Tawny Port Cask Edition is bottled at 46% ABV and is available to purchase nationwide for a suggested retail price of $99.99 a bottle