Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
Redbreast is the largest selling Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey in the world. Produced by Irish Distillers, it was originally bottled by Gilbey's, a Dublin spirits merchant using distillate sourced from Jameson's Bow Street Distillery.
Redbreast is created at the Midleton complex of distilleries. This site produces the whiskeys Redbreast, Jameson, Paddy, Power’s, Green Spot, Yellow Spot, Tullamore Dew and Midleton. The reason that it can create so many whiskies is the wide variety of stills available. The distillery complex has history reaching back to the 17th century.
Redbreast whiskey uses barley which is sourced predominantly from farms within the Munster region.
The distillery has used American oak to make whisky since the 1820s because Ireland at the time had very few oak trees – they had all been chopped down.
Redbreast is not a malt whiskey because it has the inclusion of unmalted barley as well as malted barley.
W&A Gilbey was founded in London in 1857, opening a new brand in Dublin in 1861. 1903, a whiskey known as John Jameson & Sons Castle “JJ Liqueur” Whiskey 12 Year Old was marketed similarly to later bottles of Redbreast. This whiskey was produced using distillate sourced from the Bow Street Distillery in Dublin, the home of Jameson whiskey. The first official mention of Redbreast dates back to 1912, when Gilbey’s referred to the sale of “Redbreast” J.J. Liqueur Whiskey 12 Year Old. “Redbreast” was a nickname given to one of the whiskeys by Gilbey’s chairman at the time, who was an avid birdwatcher, in reference to Robin Redbreast. In December 1991, Redbreast was re-introduced by Irish Distillers Limited, after an absence of almost 10 years.
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