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Redbreast limited edition marks 30th anniversary of rebirth

Irish whiskey brand Redbreast is marking 30 years since its resurrection by Irish Distillers with a new expression.

Redbreast 10 Years Old is a limited-edition reimagining of a historic expression which salutes the revival of single pot still Irish whiskeys at Midleton Distillery and on the world stage.

The recipe was originally created by W.A Gilbey, a wine and spirit merchant operating in Dublin at the turn of the 20th century that sourced distillate from the Jameson distillery to mature in its sherry casks.

The expression comprises three whiskeys, aged 10 to 15 years, that have been matured in ex-Bourbon oak barrels and Oloroso sherry-seasoned butts. The prominent sherry butt contribution in the whiskey pays homage to the use of fortified wine casks in whiskey bonding across Ireland in the 1960s. 

The 10 Years Old’s packaging has been designed to enhance the traditional credentials of the Redbreast brand and to appeal to nostalgia around the brand, with a label reminiscent of the white and red seal from the historic Gilbey’s 10 Years Old.

Bottled at cask strength of 59.1% ABV, Redbreast 10 Years Old will retail at €100 (£90). The expression will be available exclusively via The Birdhouse, Redbreast’s online membership platform.

Irish distillers master blender Billy Leighton said: “This release rejoices the longstanding history of Redbreast Irish Whiskey and celebrates the distinctive qualities which Redbreast is known for globally.”

Blender Dave McCabe said: “Redbreast has gone from strength to strength to become the largest selling single pot still Irish whiskey in the world, with a fascinating and rich history of which we are incredibly proud.

"For this limited-edition bottling, we seized the opportunity to praise the iconic sherry influence on the range and pay tribute to the rich history between Spanish and Irish craft. This is a representation of the coming together of tradition, and true craftsmanship, which has been handed down for generations.”

16 March 2021 - Bethany Whymark