Redbreast Dream Cask Ruby Port Edition was created by master blender Billy Leighton in collaboration with blender Dave McCabe, the whiskey was the product of four whiskey journeys that date back more than 30 years. They were set aside while creating Redbreast 27 Years Old.
The new release contains a blend of whiskeys aged for a minimum of 28 years in a combination of ex-bourbon barrels, an oloroso sherry butt and a ruby port seasoned cask.
Leighton said: “It’s more than three decades since my predecessors went to the Douro Valley and hand selected the cask which would become Redbreast Dream Cask 2020.
“Our third Dream Cask was created with a very significant fortified wine component. This imparts a unique balance of flavours, with less vanilla sweetness and more fleshy fruits that are associated with Port.”
Bottled at 51.5% ABV, the whiskey is said to have notes of spices, dark chocolate, cinnamon, ripe plums, exotic fruits, raisins, sultanas and berries.
Redbreast Dream Cask Ruby Port Edition is available exclusively through an online ballot on the brand’s private members’ club, The Birdhouse.