In addition to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this month, the Irish are celebrating their robins, pirates, buskers love of worn leather, dried tobacco leaf and roasted oak with the introduction of several premium, long-awaited and much-sought-after whiskeys.
Irish Distillers is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the resurrection of Redbreast with a limited edition in honor of Gilbey’s 10 year old whiskey made by Dublin wine and liquor merchant W A Gilbey around the turn of the 20th century. The new Redbreast 10 Year Old from Master Blender Billy Leighton consists of three distillates between the ages of 10 and 15 years in bourbon barrels made from American oak and Oloroso sherry butts. Redbreast 10 Year Old is bottled at 59.1% ABV cask strength and costs $ 119. The printout is available exclusively through The Birdhouse, Redbreast’s online membership platform.
Pernod Ricard USA has reintroduced “Blue Spot” in the USA. The US relaunch signals the end of a 57-year waiting period for the whiskey, which takes its name from the colors with which the barrels have matured for at least seven years.
Co Carlow’s Busker Triple Cask Triple Smooth was also praised as an Irish top blend. “Our team at The Royal Oak Distillery is committed to creating an Irish whiskey that will appeal not only to Irish whiskey drinkers but also to bourbon lovers,” said Ignacio Llaneza, vice president of brand and trade marketing for Disaronno International in the United States.
Grace O’Malley Irish Spirits from Co Mayo also introduced its Dark Char Cask Irish Whiskey. A mixture of double distilled (40%) and triple distilled (6%) high-grade malt; It complements the brand’s premium range of limited edition whiskeys, including the acclaimed Rum Cask. Grace O’Malley is also responsible for Proclamation Blended Irish Whiskey, commemorating the 1916 proclamation that defined Ireland’s independence.
With a Grace O’Malley’s premium whiskey from Paul Caris, former winemaker and native Bordeaux master, is the latest Irish whiskey to bear the name of Ireland’s most famous pirate and ruthless looter who commanded the White Seahorse in the 16th century.