Irish Distiller’s Redbreast 21 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey was named the world’s second-best whisk(e)y narrowly losing out Colonel EH Taylor 4 Grain – Bottled in Bond – Aged 12 Years expression from Buffalo Trace Bourbon from Kentucky. Scoring a near perfect 97/100, Murray, a world-renowned whisky and whiskey expert, described the Redbreast 21 as
“one of the most wonderful noses on this planet” which helps make it “one of the world’s most beautiful and iconic whiskeys”.
This placement is the best result ever for an Irish entrant in Whisky Bible history and only the second time an Irish whiskey made the top three. The first time was in the 2016 Bible when Irish Distillers’ Irish Oak Cask finished Midleton Dair Ghaelach placed third.Commenting on the historic achievement, Jean-Christophe Coutures, Chairman and CEO of Irish Distillers said:
“We are delighted that Redbreast 21 Years Old has been recognised with such a prestigious placing in the Whisky Bible. Having secured third spot in the 2016 Bible and second spot this year has been a tremendous endorsement of the passion put into all our whiskeys by our team in Midleton. Our team is incredibly proud that Redbreast 21, the ultimate expression of the renowned Redbreast range, has placed Irish whiskey in the top echelons of world whiskeys.”
Produced in limited quantities the Redbreast 21 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey is the oldest and most complex in the Redbreast range. A selection of different pot still whiskeys, which have been triple distilled, are aged in 1st and 2nd fill sherry and bourbon casks for between 21 and 28 years. The whiskey selected is carefully blended by Master Blender Billy Leighton introducing new levels of depth, flavour and taste. It is a reflection of the older heavier style of pot still whiskey.