One of the best brands in Irish Whiskey, Redbreast, recently released their Dream cask, only for it to sell out in an incredible six hours.
Granted their were only 816 bottles, but that’s still some record breaking Whiskey selling.
Why so popular?
Redbreast is one of the best-loved Irish Whiskey brands. They have been around since the 1930s, when the brand was established by Gilbeys, a Wine and Spirits importer in Dublin.
It is now owned by Irish Distillers, and massively popular across the globe because of their consistency and quality.
This expression in particular was eagerly anticipated since it was first revealed in 2017, at an online tasting session to celebrate World Whisky Day on May 19th. Only a few tasted it’s initial bottling, but it was received so well, the brand decided to bottle it.
Proving to be quite popular, the brand decided to release the expression the following year, and Redbreast Dream Cask was released on May 19th 2018.
The Stuff of Dreams
Dream Cask has been created by Billy Leighton, Master Distiller at Redbreast.
It has been matured for a total of 32 Years, starting out life in American oak ex-Bourbon barrels in 1985. Here it remained for 26 years, before being transferred to first fill olorosoSherry butts for a further six years.
That maturation journey has resulted in a really exceptional dram.
The nose begins with tart summer berries and zesty citrus fruits. it is full of valour, and they bounce of each other really well.
Sweet nuts and rich oak wood also come in, with lots of depth and elegance. There is a slightly spicy note that wraps everything together in warmth.
The palate is smooth and mellow. It is full of orchard fruits, oranges, apples, raisins and pears, with hints of menthol to really make it interesting.
More oak wood and spices come through, with cinnamon, nutmeg and almond especially. These are all really well developed and complement each other wonderfully.
The fruits really take over, and the oak becomes slightly caramel in its flavouring. It is sweet and smooth, with a slightly burnt note to it.
The finish is fruity, with a hint of malted grains and oak wood.
This is a brilliant dram and really does fulfil it’s name as the Dream Cask. If you manage to get your hands on it, it is easily enjoyed.