Review: Redbreast 15 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey / by Jason Hambrey

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15 yrs; Oloroso Sherry and Bourbon Casks
Malted and Unmalted Barley
Distiller Midleton (Midleton, Ireland)

Initially a one-off release in 2005 in France, this has now been made part of the core range from redbreast due to its popularity. Another pure pot still whiskey, this time bottled non-chill filtered and at 46% rather than its 40% younger brother (though the 12 cask strength is also non-chill filtered).

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L528931223 15:15 16/10/15

  • Bottling Date: 2015

Very rich, oily, and creamy. It’s something I didn’t use to like as much in whisky – but I now quite like, and can’t get enough of. Banana cream pie, green apple, dried apricot, some brilliant barley, strawberries, pear, and the oak makes a good showing as well. Beautiful mouthfeel, with a balance between the apple, oak, banana, and oily barley. On top – it’s fruity and spicy, but underneath, succulent and creamy. Terrific balance. The finish is spicy, with light tannins – but still quite creamy with more banana cream pie and pot still character, alongside almonds, tannins, and vanilla pudding. Redbreast is one of my favorite whisk(e)y brands, and this one doesn’t disappoint. The oiliness is brought out better than my recollection of the 12 year old, and I certainly like that.

Very Highly Recommended (18% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, based on $60.