Redbreast 12, 15, and 21
Redbreast is the largest selling Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey in the world and we are thrilled to offer it in different age ranges, Redbreast 12 year old, Redbreast 15 year old, and Redbreast 21 year old. It is considered the ultimate expression of the traditional Irish Spirit. It all began when W & A Gilbey was founded in 1857 in London as wine importers and distillers. They were so successful that within a couple of years they had branches in Dublin, Belfast, and Edinburgh. In 1866, they moved their new offices to Dublin and became whiskey bonders.
They had their own patented bottle cases which could be easily stacked, state of the art machines to wash their bottles, and their own patented capsule seal which replaced a wax seal. Gilbey's sold all their wine and spirits directly to consumers under their own brand, which was very distinctive.
They were famous for their wines, but by 1874 their spirits were becoming a greater part of their business. They started with Gilbey's Castle Whiskey and held the largest stock of Irish Whiskey outside of the distilleries themselves, at this time. Gilbey's exclusively marketed John Jameson and Son's 'sole make' pure and unblended whiskey in 1887.
Gilbey's imported Sherry and had lots of empty Sherry Casks available so the Jameson Whiskey was put into the Sherry Casks and stored in the Gilbey's vaults. Redbreast 12 year old made its appearance in 1912 and is named for Robin Redbreast because the chairman of the board was an avid bird fancier.
In 1986 Gilbey's sold the brand to Irish distillers. It was absent from the market for nearly 10 years before being relaunched in 1991.
Redbreast 12 is matured in Oloroso Sherry Casks. It is rich and spicy and has flavors of dried fruits, toasted wood, and vanilla. We recommend you enjoy it neat or over a gentleman's cube. It is delicious in an Old Fashioned.
Redbreast 15 is matured in Oloroso Sherry Casks. Extra maturation gives it a long, smooth finish. It tastes of malt and caramel, it is round and mellow. We recommend you enjoy it neat or over a gentleman's cube as well. It is also wonderful enjoyed in our flight called the Antique Irish, which is three one ounce pours of Redbreast 12, Redbreast 15, and Knappogue 12.
Redbreast 21 is also matured in Oloroso Sherry Casks, this is a signature of the Brand. This has many layers and depth of flavors. It is the finest and richest permanent representation of the Redbreast range. Aromas of tropical fruits and nuts give way to tastes vanilla, toasted oak, Sherry nuttiness and a bit of Pot Still Spice. We recommend you enjoy this neat or with a gentleman's cube.BACK TO THE IRISH WHISKEY COLLECTION