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Redbreast 21YO Single Pot Still Whiskey Review

Redbreast 21 year old

Redbreast 21 year old Irish single pot still whiskey is a price winning spirit by the New Midleton distillery in Cork. Being a pot still whiskey means that it’s been made out of malted and unmalted barley. Midleton is very good at making single pot still whiskies.

I managed to get a sample of this at Turku Beer and Whisky Festival (Turun Olut- ja Viskimessut) on November 2019. This is their oldest expression and I’m a fanboy of the Redbreast brand and Midleton distillery. So this was going to be a treat for me.

Redbreast 21YO whiskey has been matured in a mixture of bourbon barrels and first-fill Oloroso sherry casks.

Rich layered whisky that needs to be explored

I’m sad to say that even though it was fascinating to get a chance to taste this whiskey, I couldn’t get the best out of the situation. I really need a whole bottle or a big sample of this at my home.

This whiskey is complex but restrained at first. Unraveling it ain’t gonna happen in a festival when you’re in a hurry for getting as much samples as possible.

That’s why I made myself a promise, I have to buy this whiskey somewhere to give full judgement.

Matured in:
Combination of Ex-Bourbon and Ex-Oloroso Sherry casks.
ABV: 46%
Colour: Golden amber
Non-chill filtered
Nose: Very restrained but starts with leather and spicy notes. Takes too much time to unravel, so not the best one for sampling in a whisky fair. Lots of malt and spices. Sweet tropical fruits lurking on the background.
Taste: Tangy apples and warming cinnamon. Biscuits and tropical fruits. Rich mix of malted barley, warming spices and tangy and sweet exotic fruits. Seems like this whisky has lots of layers waiting to be explored, tasting it quickly in a whisky fair is not going to expose the full palate.
Finish: Lasts long, spicy and fruity. Sweet and tangy fruits along with lots of barley notes.
Balance: Like The Whisky Exchange says, this needs time to contemplate. So tasting a small sample during a whisky festival doesn’t do justice. My scoring remains modest.

Redbreast 21YO Scoring

Distillery: New Midleton Distillery Region: Cork, Republic of Ireland
Irish whiskey shelf at Turku whisky fair in Finland

Shelf full of Irish whiskey at Turun Olut- ja Viskimessut (Turku Beer and Whsiky Festival)

Johannes Lindblom
Johannes Lindblom
Finnish whisky enthusiast and the author of WhiskyRant! A digital marketing professional by day – a whisky reviewer and informer by night.


  1. Michael McGrane says:

    OMG! I’m a true Red Breast addict. Now I gootta try this.
    Oi! Slainte!

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