Redbreast Irish Whiskey has announced the fourth release in its Dream Cask collection: Oloroso Sherry Edition.

The 29-year-old single pot still Irish whiskey celebrates the signature Redbreast style and represents the fulfilment of a dream held by Master Blender Billy Leighton to share an annual release like no other.

When selecting their whiskey of choice for this fourth release, Leighton and Blender Dave McCabe combined innovation, tradition and time-honoured craftsmanship by vatting together four special whiskeys, aged for a minimum of 29 years in ex-bourbon, sherry and ruby port seasoned casks. The whiskeys were married in a single outstanding Oloroso sherry butt from Jerez de la Frontera in Spain’s Andalusia region, and left to mature for a further 15 months to bring an evolution of its characteristic flavours to the Redbreast experience.

The extended finishing time of this magnificent Dream Cask enables the individual wood contributions to come together and take on a wide spectrum of mellow fruit flavours and pot still spices. The result is a rich Irish whiskey with notes of dried fruits, herbs and toasted oak and a complex aroma of liquorice, leather and nutmeg reminiscent of Andalusian bodegas. With an ABV of 51.2%, this rare bottling is luscious in flavour with notes of dark brown sugar, succulent berries and vanilla perfectly off-setting Redbreast’s trademark spices.

“There is no greater joy in my job than to come across an excellent cask while conducting a sensory assessment of our whiskeys,” explains Master Blender Billy Leighton. “It is from four such outstanding casks that this year’s Redbreast Dream Cask was born. To craft the 2021 expression, we experimented with new ways of vatting, marrying and finishing to create something greater than the sum of its parts and we are delighted with the result.”

“The liquorice aromas from the Redbreast Dream Cask Oloroso Sherry Edition instantly transport us to the bodegas of Jerez, celebrating Redbreast’s relationship with the region for over three decades,” adds Blender Dave McCabe. “Sherry seasoned casks have been at the heart of Redbreast Irish Whiskey since its resurrection in 1991 and we are thrilled that this year’s Dream Cask could pay homage to that iconic relationship.”