A Redbreast and Redbreasts, in general, affect a lot of men and an increasing number of women.
Just as the rose lover gets excited when a new David Austin classic rose is launched and a passionate single malt Scottish whisky lover does when the latest Islay expression is released, so does the ardent Irish whiskey enthusiast experience uncontrollable euphoria and the anticipation of intense sensual pleasure when a new Redbreast appears.
Irish Distillers has unveiled Redbreast Kentucky Oak Edition – the first release in Redbreast’s American Oak Series exclusively for the U.S market.
The American Oak Series celebrates the influential and integral role of native wood in the production of Redbreast Irish Whiskey, giving provenance to the wood and unique American Oak influences to the whiskey. Redbreast Kentucky Oak will be exclusively available in the US for $95.99.
Some parents put the names of their sons and daughters down for public school and college at an early age but a lot also have put their own names and email addresses down to receive notification of the latest in the Redbreast line and Irish Distillers dedicated whisky collections.
The first limited release in this innovative series, Redbreast Kentucky Oak Edition, is made from malted and unmalted barley, triple distilled in copper pot stills, and matured in American Oak Bourbon barrels and Spanish Oloroso sherry butts, before being finished for a period of 3 to 7 months in naturally air-dried PEFC certified American White Oak sourced from the Taylor Family’s Elk Cave Farm in Kentucky. These casks have been hand-selected for finishing, using the best quality white oak, to impart additional sweet notes of vanilla and elevated wood spices. “Redbreast is renowned for its heavy sherry influence,” explains Master Blender Billy Leighton. “This can often mean that its ex-bourbon counterpart is overlooked, even though Kentucky white oak barrels, which have previously held bourbon, are central to the Redbreast DNA.
Cork’s famous Midleton Distillery partnered with Clifton and sons Scott and Steve Taylor, source Cork’s famous Midleton Distillery partnered with Clifton and sons Scott and Steve Taylor, to source high-grade white oak from their 1,300-acre tree farm.
As committed environmentalists, the Taylor family has championed sustainable farming practices since purchasing the land in 1959 and today are recognized across the country for the award-winning methods used on their farm. Elk Cave Farm is renowned for successfully applying the oak shelterwood system in its mature oak forests. Shelterwood, a forestry technique that emphasizes the early tending of young oak seedlings by improving forest light conditions and reducing competitors, has proven successful in the Taylors’ mission to sustainably manage their oak forests. Once felled, sawn and air dried, the oak was worked into 63 casks and shipped to Ireland resulting in Midleton Distillery, Co. Cork, to be filled with a bespoke batch of Redbreast whiskey. Leighton and his team diligently monitored the barrels until the perfect balance of flavor, aroma, and wood contribution had been achieved. Comments Leighton: “Crafting this whiskey has been a journey of discovery. The new series demonstrates Redbreast’s continued evolution.” Scott Taylor adds “It has been incredibly rewarding to watch this project come to fruition and to see our home-grown Kentucky oak shape the flavor of a Redbreast Irish whiskey.”
Every whisky lover should be on the Redbreast database and have an eye always turned to the latest developments at Midleton. You don’t want to miss the latest Redbreast. Keep abreast at all times.