By: Mahon McGrath |
K&L Staff Member |
Review Date: 4/15/2012
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This cask strength bottling of Red Breast certainly ratchets up the drama. There is more oomph, more richness and intensity, on both nose and palate. It remains, however, an Irish pure pot still whiskey foremost, and as such bears closer kinship to its more familiar version lower proof bottling than to the untamed ferocity of something like a George T Stagg. You ainít toying with no pipsqueak, though; you will want ice or water or a bit of both to round the edge off. You get a wonderful range of baked banana, dried fruits, butterscotch and sweet grain, enlivened by a citric note that keeps things from seeming cloying or fatty. The finish here rolls on like thunderówell, civilized thunder, anyway.
Iíd note, too, that if youíre mixing a Manhattan-style cocktail with Irish whiskey, this is probably the best one for the job Iíve come across to date. The cask strength really keeps the whiskey from getting lost amidst the other ingredients.