Last Saturday part of the whisky world celebrated World Whisky Day 2020 and Redbreast celebrated its own (young) tradition of releasing a new Redbreast Dream Cask. It is a 28 Year Old Ruby Port Cask edition.
The inspiration for this Dream Cask lies in the trials for Redbreast 27 Years, the oldest core range expression, also finished in Port casks. A pair of refill barrels from 1991, a 1991 whiskey re-casked into sherry and one 1989 re-casked to Ruby Port were brought together and married in a Ruby Port Pipe: a single cask dream ending.
Redbreast ‘Dream Cask’ 28 yo – Ruby Port Cask edition (51,5%, OB 2020, 915 btl.)
Nose: a generous dose of varnished wood up front – always a good sign. Beeswax, perhaps a hint of nail polish remover (which is an asset in this case). Reminds me of a late 1960s Longmorn so far. However behind it is the kind of tropical fruitiness I always hope for in Redbreast. Mango, classic pink grapefruit, cherries and raspberries. Subtle vanilla cake. A little peppery oak and mint in the background. Gorgeous so far.
Mouth: definitely not a disappointment. Red fruits and plums, mixed with more tropical notes (passion fruits, mango, guava). There’s a big hint of peppermint and eucalyptus (a slightly funny combination with the passion fruits perhaps). Plenty of varnish again, as well as some pine needles and white pepper. Slightly darker towards the end, think cinnamon and roasted nuts.
Finish: very long, with the mint, herbs and polished oak lingering on.
After a slightly less convincing edition, this one nails it again for me, especially on the nose. This rare and pretty stunning Redbreast whiskey will be available through an online ballot in The Redbreast Birdhouse, starting 25th May until 2nd June. A 50cl bottle will cost € 490.