The two favorite Irish whiskeys selected from St Patrick's Day 2021. My favorite on left, @amongsthefernsco's favorite on the right. We tasted quite a few in a bracket style competition to find the best ones from our collection. We will continue to enjoy them throughout the spring and summer!
Red Spot Single Pot Still Company on Label: Midleton Distillery
Whiskey Type: Irish Whiskey finished in American Bourbon casks, Spanish sherry butts and
Sicilian Marsala wine casks
Mash Bill Percentages: Undisclosed
Age: 15 years
Further identification: 2020 purchase
Redbreast Lustau Edition Company on Label: Pernod Ricard
Whiskey Type: Irish Whiskey finished in Oloroso Sherry casks
Mash Bill Percentages: Undisclosed malted and un-malted barley
Age: NAS (~10 years)
Further identification: 2020 purchase in a Redbreast trio sample pack
Red Spot Flash Review:
Smells like camping in a tent. Can smell the extra oak influence on this one for sure. A high rye bourbon profile was likely used for the aging process based on the notes present; allspice, pepper. Earthy now. Delicious caramel & wine palate. Marshmallow forever..... Expertly crafted. Yum.
Redbreast Lustau Flash Review:
Cherry forward; very strong/rich fruit nose. Bright, sweet creamy with some chocolate. Citrus fruits come out on nose now. Wow. Marshmallow. Back to caramel and some floral. Good!
Final Ranking: Red Spot > Lustau for me!
Both were exceptional Irish whiskeys. A couple of honorable mentions of the lineup were Blue Spot for it's rich robustness and the really surprising depth and character from Drumshanbo. Look out for further reviews of those pours to come!