Redbreast 12yr Irish Whiskey is the youngest of the triple pot-distillation brand. It was the first of the Rebreast brand to launch and remains a favorite among many amateurs and critics to this day who celebrate it as a pure example of the Irish whiskey craft.
Named Top Irish Whiskey in the 2007 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Named Top Irish Whiskey in the 2005 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Redbreast Irish whiskey is a label that was first launched as a Jameson product specific to whiskey bonders, dwindled, and then enjoyed a rebirth in the 1990s. The label was born in 1939 and sometimes known as "the priest bottle" because it appealed to clergy. The name actually stems from the original owner (WA & Gilbey) who named their whiskey labels after birds because the chairman was a member of the Royal Ornithological society. It is still produced at the Midleton Distillery where Jameson is produced. Their signature distinction is the "pure pot still whiskey," which means it is made in the Irish tradition of eschewing more mass-produced column still distillation and the addition of unmalted barley. This is often regarded as producing a lighter-textured whiskey. It's aged in a combination of American Oak ex-bourbon casks as well as Spanish sherry casks—a practice common in scotch—that lends an additional color and flavor to the whiskey. It is not a blend in the sense of added grain whiskey (see: blended scotch) but rather for the blend of malted and unmalted barley.