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Redbreast Kentucky Oak Edition Review

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Single Pot Still
Irish Whiskey
Kentucky Oak Edition
101 Proof
SRP of $95.99

Please enjoy my Redbreast Kentucky Oak Edition Irish Whiskey review!

Redbreast Announces the American Oak Series of Irish Whiskeys

Redbreast has recently announced a collection of whiskeys that will only be available in the United States, and the American Oak Series is its name. The first release in the series is the Redbreast Kentucky Oak Edition.

Redbreast Kentucky Oak Edition is made from malted and unmalted barley and is triple distilled in copper pot stills. This Irish whiskey then matures in American Oak Bourbon barrels and Spanish Oloroso sherry butts. Then, according to Redbreast, “The whiskey is finished for a period of 3 to 7 months in naturally air-dried PEFC certified American Oak sourced from the Taylor Family’s Elk Cave Farm in Kentucky.” They go on to say, “these casks have been hand selected for finishing, using the best quality white oak, to impart additional sweet notes of vanilla and elevated wood spices.” For those who want a little more detail, those barrels received a medium long toast and a #4 char.

Redbreast has not revealed the different types of oak that will be used in future editions, nor the frequency of these releases. But, I can’t wait to find out!

Tasting Notes – Redbreast Kentucky Oak Edition Irish Whiskey Review

Let’s taste it:

🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn

👉🏻Nose: Apples, pears, caramel, toffee, vanilla & sparkling apple cider; dark berries are in the background with oak, light cedar & brown sugar; alcohol is relatively mild
👉🏻Taste: Sweet apple juice & caramel dominate; Oak builds
👉🏻Finish: The sweetness, oak and apple continue. Oak becomes more apparent. Some char and spiciness arrives, and the apple becomes a bit more tart. The finish lasts quite a long time with a moderate burn

Redbreast Kentucky Oak Edition Irish Whiskey starts off with caramel apple like flavors in the nose, and then becomes quite sweet in the taste. The finish then picks up some char and spice. As would be expected from Redbreast, the flavors are full with lots of fruit up front. In contrast, there is the noticeable char in the finish, which is presumably imparted by the new American oak barrels. It’s like a caramel apple danish with a little extra spice!

Redbreast Kentucky Oak Side Label
Redbreast Kentucky Oak Side Label
Conclusion – Quite The Change!

I am really enjoying this Redbreast Kentucky Oak Edition Irish Whiskey now! Interestingly, this whiskey was nothing like this when I first opened the bottle. Wood and younger flavors dominated. However, that has completely changed over this past month and now it is excellent! Amazing what a little time and air will do!

I hope you have enjoyed my Redbreast Kentucky Oak Edition Irish Whiskey review! Want to read about another Irish Whiskey? Check out our Fighting 69th Irish Whiskey Review!

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