Redbreast er klar med en udvidelse af deres core range.
Den nye aftapning hedder Lustau og den er opkaldt efter Bodegas Lustau i Jerez i Spanien, som leverer sherryfade til Irish Distillers, der producerer Redbreast. Efter at have ligget på en kombination af bourbonfade og sherryfade modtager den en afslutning i to år på first-fill sherryfade.
Det er en NAS aftapning, men den whiskey, som indgår rygtes til at være mellem 10 og 13 år gammel. Den er tappet ved 46% og den er hverken koldfiltreret eller farvet.
Officielle smagsnoter fra destilleriet:
Nose: Rich infusion of dark fruits, prunes, dates and figs with liquorice, marzipan, toasted oak and Redbreast spices.
Palate: Creamy pot still with Redbreast spices balanced with richness of sherry finish and contribution of fresh Spanish oak.
Finish: Endless. Sweetness and Pot Still spices endure while oloroso sherry and Spanish oak have the last word.
Billy Leighton, Head Blender hos Midleton udtaler:
Sherry is the key flavor driver in the Redbreast range. The challenge was to come up with a new, different angle on the sherry. So we took the signature Redbreast 12 year profile and tweaked it to open up some space in the profile for the new seasoning characteristics. But to do that, my job as blender was to consider where can you strip back some of those flavors? The first thing that greatly impacts flavor is the length of time in the cask. So we had to look at the age profile and we took the age back only slightly of some of the components, so you weren’t going to get those heavier characters that come with age. Redbreast 12 is only made up of first-fill: for both bourbon and sherry casks; so we took out some of the first fill elements as well so you didn’t have the same seasonsonsed cask contribution. In doing that we were able to get a provile that was going to allow the Lustau characteristics to come through and be the feature.
Redbreast Lustau rammer hylderne senere på måneden og prisen kommer til at ligge omkring £55.
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