Name: Midleton, Redbreast
Nose: Spicy, fruity aroma, with toasted wood notes
Palate: Spicy, creamy, fruity, sherry, and toasted notes
Finish: The complex flavours linger on the palate
History: Single-pot stills preside across Ireland. This once-dominant style, made from both malted and unmalted barley, is staging a rousing comeback, led by the Midleton Distillery. Midleton’s muscular pot-still portfolio — crafted by a team under various masters, including Billy Leighton (blending) and Brian Nation (distilling) — is making the rich, fruity, and spicy band of the flavour spectrum its own. Redbreast, the backbone of the style, is now the world’s best-selling single-pot still. The range numbers five delicious, aged expressions, but the 12-year-old remains the paterfamilias, exercising authority over both its stable and style through sheer force of character.
Wanted Says: Every day is Christmas with this baked melange of dark fruits.