Redbreast 15 year old comes from the New Middleton distillery in Cork, famous for making Single Pot Still whiskey (also known Pure Pot Still). So far they are the only ones making it with an age statement (under the Redbreast brand). The whiskey is made from malted and unmalted “green” barley, a traditional, yet nowadays rare Irish way of making whiskey.
Having a great history with Redbreast 12yo, I surely was looking forward tasting this dram. Like the younger version, Redbreast 15YO has been aged in a combo of Ex-Bourbon and Ex-Sherry casks. Unlike the 12 year old, it’s bottled non-chill filtered and at a higher proof.
Like THE BOONDOCK SAINTS, marching through!
My expectations were high, and they were matched. This is an stunning Irish whiskey (so far the best Irish I have ever tasted). Redbreast 15YO has almost anything you need from a good whisk(e)y. It has complexity and character, it is very strong, yet sophisticated from time to time.
Striking with force, especially in the amazing finish, it naturally brings Irish mobster movie into my mind. This has the The Boondock Saints written all over it. I guess the movie is more harsh than this great Irish whiskey but then again, there is some nice complexity in the movie as well.
And it’s the thought that counts! In my opinion, this has some gangster movie quality in it, with an Irish twist of course.
Ralfy scores it a bit lower, but still, it’s a good score: