Redbreast is set to release a second Dream Cask Irish single pot still whiskey to mark World Whisky Day (18 May).
The 20-year-old Redbreast Dream Cask Pedro Ximénez Edition will be available exclusively to members of the brand’s Birdhouse club.
The expression is a vatting of two single pot still whiskeys fully matured in second-fill ex-Bourbon barrels, and two that were finished in ex-Sherry butts – one oloroso cask and one Pedro Ximénez cask.
The four casks were then married together in a ‘specially selected’ Pedro Ximénez butt.
The whiskeys, aged between 20 and 33 years old, are said to represent ‘a cross-section of single pot still distillate styles and maturation techniques’.
Billy Leighton, master blender for Redbreast and head of blending at parent company Irish Distillers, said: ‘The coming together of three exceptional casks, originally destined for Redbreast 21, with a rare Pedro Ximénez butt is a first for Midleton.
‘The careful balance of sweet, spice and sherry flavours offers a new and complex take on the classic Redbreast Christmas cake flavour profile.’
Bottled at 52.2% abv, only 924 bottles of the whiskey will be made available for €380 each.
The whiskey will be available exclusively through the The Birdhouse from 3pm on 27 May.
The release follows that of Redbreast Dream Cask 32 Year Old, an 816-bottle Birdhouse club exclusive launched to mark World Whisky Day 2018, and which sold out within six hours of going on sale.
Leighton added: ‘Rather than try to seek out another extraordinary cask from the Midleton inventory like the inaugural Redbreast Dream Cask, we set out to create a new Redbreast Irish whiskey like you have never tasted before.’
Redbreast Dream Cask Pedro Ximénez Edition is said to contain notes of ‘assertive spices and sweet, ripe fruit that slowly evolves into exotic fruits and berries’.