Country: Ireland
Region:
Type: Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
Bottler: Distiller
ABV: 46.5%
Score: 98 points

Redbreast Dream Cask. Image courtesy Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard.I have had the chance to taste this whiskey on three separate occasions over its final year of maturation, and it keeps getting better every time. It’s a 32-year-old single cask using some of Midleton’s heavier pot still distillate, and spent the final seven years in an ex-Oloroso Sherry cask.

The nose has notes of freshly polished wood, plums, raisins, toffee, chocolate mint leaves, cocoa nibs, and almost no spices. The taste – in a word: Wow! Luscious, thick, and well-balanced with tree fruits at first, then turns slightly dry and mouth-puckering before the pot still spices kick in with clove, cardamom, and allspice for an extremely complex dram that deserves a lot of attention. The finish is long, dry, and very “more-ish.” One of the finest whiskies I have ever tasted! (May, 2018)