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Redbreast unveils the Kentucky Oak edition of its American Oak series

Redbreast Irish Whiskey opens a new chapter by recently unveiling a USA-only whiskey collection.

A statement from Irish Distillers notes that the American Oak Series celebrates the integral role of native wood in the production of Redbreast Irish Whiskey, giving wood provenance and American oak influences to the whisky.

The first limited release in this series, Redbreast Kentucky Oak Edition is made from malted and unmalted barley, triple distilled in copper stills and aged in American oak bourbon casks and later in Spanish Oloroso sherry butts.

Redbreast Kentucky Oak (Image via Irish Distillers)

It is then finished for up to seven months in naturally air-dried PEFC-certified American white oak sourced from the Taylor family’s Elk Cave farm in Kentucky.

Kentucky oak was selected to provide what is described as additional sweet notes of vanilla and high woody spice.

“Redbreast is renowned for its strong Sherry influence,” says Master Blender Billy Leighton. “That can often mean its ex-bourbon counterpart is overlooked, even though Kentucky white oak barrels, which previously held bourbon, are central to Redbreast’s DNA.”

He said this series explores the role American white oak plays in the composition of Redbreast, and goes one step further, with final maturation in virgin casks to allow the wood’s contribution “to really take center stage. stage”.

Leighton and the team at Midleton Distillery have partnered with Elk Cave Farm owners, Clifton and his sons Scott and Steve Taylor, to source high quality white oak from their 1,300 acre tree farm.

The Taylor family has championed what they call sustainable farming practices since purchasing the land in 1959, and today they are recognized nationwide for the methods used on their farm.

In fact, Elk Cave Farm is known for successfully applying the oak shelterwood system to its mature oak forests. This is a forestry technique that emphasizes the early maintenance of young oak seedlings by improving forest light conditions and reducing competitors.

And in turn, these productive oak forests provide wildlife habitat, clean water and fresh air for years to come.

Once felled, sawn and air-dried, the Kentucky oak was processed into 63 casks and shipped to the Midleton Distillery in County Cork, Ireland to be filled with a batch of Redbreast whisky.

The distiller notes that this whiskey is bottled at 101 degrees (50.5% ABV), and the unchill filtered whiskey balances the spice and dried fruit from the still with the aroma of freshly cut cedar wood and hints almond and brown sugar caramel for a high flavor profile.

“Making this whiskey was a journey of discovery,” Leighton said. “From learning about the Taylor family’s pioneering work improving the sustainability of America’s oak forests, to exploring the region’s influence on our whiskey, it has all shaped this deliciously complex whisky. The Kentucky Oak series demonstrates the continued evolution of Redbreast, setting the bar for later expressions in the series.

Scott Taylor said his family is honored to work alongside the Redbreast team, witnessing firsthand what is described as the passion and dedication to creating sustainably produced whisky.

“Like whiskey making, arboriculture requires patience and faith that future generations will reap the benefits of the decisions we make today. It has been incredibly rewarding to see this project come to fruition and to see our oak from local Kentucky shape the flavor of a Redbreast Irish whiskey,” he said.

Redbreast Kentucky Oak is on sale exclusively in the United States with a suggested retail price of $95.99.

Notes from the Redbreast Kentucky Oak distiller:

  • Nose: Opens with notes of freshly cut cedarwood, almond and vanilla, while dark berries resting on new oak shavings enhance the influences of sweet fruit and warming charred wood, complementing the spice of the still.
  • To taste: Spicy hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove that continue to develop over time in tandem with the rich tannins of oak while being balanced with autumnal fruit notes that linger in the background with sweet and decadent notes of brown sugar caramel and vanilla.
  • Finish: Long lasting finish with the first fruits to slowly fade, letting the still potted spices linger in harmony with the soft tones and nature of the American oak.

For more information see www.redbreastwhiskey.com.