Redbreast Missouri Oak Edition launches in US

Irish Distillers has created a limited release Redbreast Irish whiskey that was finished in virgin Missouri oak barrels.

Redbreast Missouri Oak Edition is the latest launch in the brand’s US-exclusive collection.

Launched on 8 May, the single pot still Irish whiskey is available across the US for an RRP of US$199.

Bottled at 50% ABV, Redbreast Missouri Oak Edition was initially aged in Sherry casks and Bourbon barrels before spending its last 10 months in virgin Missouri oak casks from the Ozark Forest.

Dave McCabe, master blender, said: “The whiskey spent a total of 10 months maturing in the exquisite virgin Missouri oak barrels crafted by Kelvin Cooperage. Due to the nature of virgin oak barrels being so giving in flavour during maturation, it was crucial for us to regularly sample the evolving liquid to ensure it imparted a measured influence that didn’t overpower the signature Redbreast style.

“After 10 months, the expression has attained its peak flavour, with the Missouri oak imparting distinct notes of cinnamon and ground ginger, complemented by subtle nutty undertones reminiscent of pecan pie.”

To celebrate the launch, Redbreast has sponsored a study in partnership with the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Arkansas State University, the University of Kentucky, and the American Bird Conservancy.

The research will delve into the breeding season habitat of the cerulean warbler in eastern Northern America. The study will be led by Dr Jeff Larkin, Dr Than Boves and Dr Darin McNeil.

Larkin said about the study: “Cerulean warbler populations have faced steep and persistent declines across North America, and their recovery is, in part, reliant upon a shift in human behaviour away from unsustainable harvesting practices that threaten white oak forests.

“We are delighted to collaborate with Redbreast on this research and are hopeful that together we can make a profound impact for years to come. The aim of our research is to gain actionable insights that will enable us to promote the highest standards of sustainable forest management, ultimately facilitating the species’ recovery.”

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