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Redbreast Lustau Edition Single Pot StillThe latest release in the Redbreast line, Lustau Edition continues to pay homage to the legacy of Gilbey and its Irish origins while highlighting the brand’s ties to Spain’s legendary sherry producer, Bodegas Lustau in Jerez. Though prior editions of Redbreast have also been aged in former sherry casks, this blend was crafted with the goal of putting flavors imparted from Oloroso sherry at the forefront of the palate.
The Master Blender at Midleton Distillery (where Redbreast is distilled), Billy Leighton, stated "It's putting the spotlight on the Lustau, but it’s putting the floodlight on the sherry business in general. I think it's kind of us giving credit or appreciation to the people in the sherry business for doing what they do for us. I think the whisky business in general is not very good at showing appreciation at what other people are doing to support them. It’s kind of us tipping our hat to the sherry business in general; to show that we appreciate it. You have to give credit where it’s due."
As are all Redbreast whiskies, Lustau Edition is crafted from a marriage of malted and unmalted barley, which are milled and mashed before being triple-distilled through traditional copper-pot stills. The inclusions of unmalted barley in the whiskey's mashbill, along with the tradition of triple distillation, are uniquely Irish approaches to producing whiskey.
Following distillation, the Irish whiskey is matured for nine to twelve years in a combination of ex-bourbon and sherry casks. What makes this blend particularly special is the final year it spends finishing in Spanish oak Oloroso casks, hand-selected from Bodegas Lustau for the purpose of accenting sherry flavors that underlie previous releases from Redbreast.