Redbreast Lustau Edition

Bodegas Lustau

Anyone ever been to Spain for a day? Seems like a bit of a waste of time. All that travelling (taxi to town – bus to airport – one hour flight – three hour flight – two hour drive) for a measly 18 hours on the ground. Well, I suppose it depends on how you spend those 18 hours.

After bumping into Jim from the Whisky Boys at London City Airport, I flew to Malaga and sat in the back of a drug dealers-esque Mercedes (think smoked windows and chrome alloys) for the drive to Jerez. Upon arrival at the sumptuous Barceló Montecastillo Golf Resort I had a spot of down time before being whisked off to Bodegas Lustau for the launch of the newest permanent addition to the Redbreast portfolio.

Redbreast Lustau Edition is a whisky which has spent 9-12 years maturing in a combination of American and European Oak before being transferred to first fill Oloroso butts from the prestigious Bodegas Lustau for a final year. The resulting whisky isn’t as much of a sherry bomb as you might imagine, more of a balancing act between the pot still distillate and the first fill European oak butts. One thing’s for sure; it’s delicious. Billy Leighton, master blender, said, “With Redbreast Lustau Edition we seized the opportunity to celebrate the iconic sherry influence on the Redbreast range, and to do this we turned to our old friends at Bodegas Lustau to source the finest Oloroso sherry casks in the world. I am honoured to be able to finally reveal Redbreast Lustau Edition to the world as it represents the mutual bond, based on our commitment to excellence in craftsmanship, which we have built over time with Bodegas Lustau. Language is no barrier to this marriage of Spanish and Irish craft, and the result is an exceptional new Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey that champions the iconic sherry influence of the Redbreast range, and I hope that whiskey drinkers the world over enjoy it.”

Redbreast Lustau Edition
Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
Non-chill filtered
46% ABV
£55

Nose: Soft and silky – cherry bakewells, fig, poached pear with cinnamon, baked apple and some cloves.

Palate: Orange peel, apricot, banana flakes and honey drizzled on cereal. A faint richness, with some plum and date notes. Then the spices come through, more cinnamon and clove, before a sweet woodiness emerges.

Finish: The oak hang around with more of the spices. Very warming and well rounded.

Overall: A very welcome addition to the Redbreast range. The single pot still roots of the whisky shine through and are delicately complimented by the rich influence of the oloroso casks. The price point is pretty good too, and the packaging looks great. As a complete product, it’s spot on. Well worth a day trip to Spain.

Tiger

 

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