Redbreast 12 Named Irish Whiskey Of the Year

Pernod Ricard USA and Irish Distillers are proud to announce Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength Irish Whiskey has been crowned Whisky Advocate’s Irish Whiskey of the Year. Redbreast has a growing group of whiskey advocates that are very passionate about the brand for its unique craftsmanship and superb taste.

Whisky Advocate magazine, America’s leading whisky magazine, is the premier source for whisky information, education and entertainment for whisky enthusiasts. Dominic Roskrow, Whisky Advocate writer and judge commented, “It was the stunning triple whammy of single pot still whiskeys from Pernod Ricard USA/Irish Distillers that provided the greatest surprise in a generation for the Irish whisky category. All three were wonderful, but it was the cask strength version of the much-loved 12 year old Redbreast, that carried off the honors.”

Redbreast is a Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey, which is regarded as the definitive expression of traditional Post Still Irish Whiskey and remains the only ongoing bottling of an Age Statement Single Pot Still whiskey available in the U.S. today. Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength, bottled at 57.7% ABV, is aged 12 years and non-chill filtered.

Roskrow went on to describe Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength as, “A rich, bittersweet plummy, red beerry, oaky-spiced delight. The increased strength gives an already great whiskey a richer, fuller, fruitier dimension, and makes an already complex whiskey…even more complex. For me that makes it not just the best Irish whiskey of this year, but of any. An utter joy.”

“Irish Whiskey is the fastest growing spirits category in the U.S.,” noted Wayne Hartunian, Vice President Whiskies and Cognac, Pernod Ricard USA. “Pernod Ricard USA has the most powerful portfolio of superior quality Irish whiskey brands available today. Perhaps more than any brand in the category, Redbreast is poised and perfectly positioned to capitalize on the burgeoning momentum of the super-premium Irish Whisky segment. Receiving this prestigious award from Whisky advocate, the most respected whisky resource in the industry, is a powerful testament to the superior quality and painstaking craftsmanship that go into every bottle of Redbreast and reinforces the brands leadership position in the super-premium segment.”