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Redbreast, Mano a Lámh (Ireland)
Redbreast Mano a Lámh is the first expression of Redbreast Irish single pot still whiskey to be matured entirely in former Oloroso Sherry butts. It is exclusively available via the www.singlepotstill.com website, and just 2,000 bottles have been released. Mano a Lámh, means ‘hand in hand’ in Spanish and Gaelic respectively, and the name has been chosen to celebrate the long-standing links between Midleton distillery in County Cork where Redbreast is produced, and the craftsmen of Spain who create casks for the distillery. Brendan Buckley, Global Innovation and Prestige Whiskeys Director at Redbreast brand owners Irish Distillers, says that “Since its re-launch in May 2011, Single Pot Still Irish whiskey has quickly established itself as the insiders’ Irish whiskey style of choice with the Redbreast brand very much at the vanguard of this revival. We hope that Redbreast Mano a Lámh will excite whiskey lovers, especially those who enjoy sherried style whiskeys”. Vanilla, raisins, cinnamon, oak and Parma violets on the nose, plus black pepper and developing warm caramel. The palate is initially quite dry and peppery, becoming oilier, with creamy sherry and dark berries. Lingering berries, lively oak and dry spices in the long finish. 46.0% ABV, 70cl, €65.00, Singlepotstill.com.

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