By Kevin Gray
on 3.2.12
Photo by Redbreast

Redbreast, makers of our favorite pure pot still Irish whiskey, recently launched Redbreast 12 Cask Strength ($65). The new whiskey begins its life as regular Redbreast 12-Year, but instead of being filtered and diluted with water to bring down the proof, the Cask Strength version goes straight into the bottle at a potent 57.7% alcohol by volume.

The higher proof means more flavor, and Redbreast 12 Cask Strength builds on the original with a richer, fuller body and more complexity. On the nose it’s full of fruit – think figs, dates and plums – plus oaky vanilla and spice. On the palate there’s more fruit, toasted grains and a dry, interesting finish that hints at butterscotch and chocolate. Color us impressed.

A few drops of water brings out softer notes like banana and apple, but this is one cask strength whiskey that’s smooth enough to sip straight. Redbreast 12 Cask Strength will soon be making its way to the U.S. and is expected to retail for about $65. Now venture forth and snag a bottle. This is a whiskey you don’t want to miss.

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