Appearance : orangey copper.
Nose : the very complex nose can be broken down into five aromatic sequences. 1st sequence: juicy orange, toasted walnut, emery cloth. 2nd sequence: star anise, black pepper, incense, beeswax. 3rd sequence: clove, cane, cumin, mustard, curry. 4th sequence: mango, Cayenne pepper, apricot and apricot stone. 5th sequence: thuja, cedar, flambéed banana, hyacinth, lily. Note that the increase in power is gradual and could not be more harmonious.
Palate : dense, lively. With rare concentration, the attack goes back over the entire fruity palette of the nose, including the apricot stone. Gradually, notes of vanilla, coconut milk and maple syrup bring lots of creaminess and freshness. On the mid-palate, grains of malted and unmalted barley that rival each other in intensity provide the very definition of a single pot still. Therefore very Irish, the palate becomes increasingly pastry-scented (financier, lemon cake) and herbaceous (lime blossom, rosemary). Following this, the end of the palate boasts impressive lyricism.
Overall : long, slender. From compote fruits (pear, plum) to red fruits (strawberry, raspberry) and notes of salted butter caramel to flavours of bouquet garni, the start of the finish guides the tasting to notes of tobacco, coffee and gianduja. Both creamy (flan) and tangy (lime), the very end of the palate loses none of this concentration. On the retro-nasal olfaction, exotic fruits (mango, guava, persimmon) are covered in black peppercorn and almond milk. The empty glass allows a glimpse of jute bags open and overflowing with spices (pink peppercorn, star anise, cumin, nutmeg).
REDBREAST 17 YO 2001 All Sherry Single Cask French Connections 59.5%
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Founded in 1975, the Midleton distillery is equipped with six column stills in which it produces grain whiskeys, and 10 pot stills in which it produces its pure pot still whiskeys from 50% malted barley and 50% unmalted barley. This truly exceptional 17-year-old version immediately recalls the magnificent 25 year old bottled in 2016 for the 60th anniversary of the La Maison du Whisky. With steadfast youth and freshness, and yet a complexity and fullness that borders on wisdom, it is superb proof that sherry cask ageing works beautifully with Irelands most iconic single pot still, Redbreast.
Profile: the particularly complex aromatic palette is juicy (orange), delicately woody (emery cloth), spicy (star anise, clove), empyreumatic (incense, beeswax) and floral (lily). This increase in power could not be more harmonious. The lively attack goes back over the entire fruity register of the nose, adding coconut milk and maple syrup. On the mid-palate, grains of malted and unmalted barley wonderfully embody the concept of an Irish single pot still. The slender finish is characterized by red fruits (strawberry, raspberry) and salted butter caramel. On the retro-nasal olfaction, exotic fruits (guava, persimmon, mango) enrich the floral diversity of this superb Irish whiskey.