A limited-edition single pot still Irish whiskey from Redbreast’s Iberian series, Redbreast PX has been initially matured in bourbon casks and oloroso sherry casks, before being finished in Pedro Ximenez hogsheads from the south of Spain.
Appearance: Oak with an orange hue. Semi-viscous with quick forming and equally quick to disappear legs.
Nose: Bourbon: honey, caramel, butterscotch, blackberries and strawberry. Orange maybe? It actually just smells like a sweet bourbon/American whiskey.
Palate: Quite watery, again, more reminiscent of bourbon than Irish whiskey.
Sweet spices, cakey, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, plum and cherry, lots of cherries.
There is a spicy dimension, black pepper and roasted coriander seed.
Finish: Sweet and spicy. A Christmas feel with dark fruits and sweet spice. There’s also celery salt and black pepper.
Overall: It’s a confusing whiskey. It doesn’t taste anything as you’d expect. If it was labelled as an American whiskey then it’d be ok. But as an Irish PX cask whiskey? It’s disappointing.
It’s as if the PX cask has had no real influence.