What they aren’t telling you about The Temple Bar Single cask from Redbreast…..

What they aren’t telling you about The Temple Bar Single cask from Redbreast…..

You’ve undoubtedly heard by now the fuss surrounding this single cask, and if you haven’t, stay reading. Unfortunately, the attention was for all the wrong reasons, it should have never been about the euros €€€…. What they aren’t telling you about The Temple Bar single cask from Redbreast, its F$%^ing good! Very very good! 

I am lucky enough to have been able to sample the majority of the single cask range from Redbreast and yea, wow. You are experiencing the very best that Middleton Distillery has to offer, and you could call their single cask range their “showcase” of sorts, or even their “examples of excellence”. 

So then why has this particular Single cask had so much attention?


Sadly its price. And at an initial release price of €850 it was out of reach of most whiskey drinkers/enthusiasts. What’s worse is that price changed rather quickly after release and jumped up to an eye-watering €1,250.00, Sigh.

If you’re a fan of Redbreast Single cask releases then you’d know that this far surpasses any other releases to date in terms of price (even when compared to the La Maison Du Whisky 25yr old on the secondary market)! However there’s been a fluctuation of pricing in recent months, from €850 up to €1,250, then down to €750, and then down to €600, annnd now currently at a “sale” price of €550 on The Temple Bars website ( at time of writing).

Still on the high side of the range but nonetheless within reach and of much better value than was previously priced.



I hear you ask , Brian what do I get then if I fork over the €550?

Let me tell you.

You get a 26-year-old, non-chill filtered, Redbreast Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey. Distilled in 1991 and filled in first-fill Bourbon Barrels, left to mature for 17 (ish) years, and then re-casked into a first-fill Sherry cask and left to mature for a further 8 (ish) years, giving a grand total of 26-years maturation. Once bottled the cask yielded a total of 618 bottles at 53.9%ABV.


So is it good? 

It’s worth trying for yourself, I’m aware that not everyone has the same palate when it comes to whiskey, but for me, I really enjoyed everything this Single Cask had to offer. Complex, well balanced and so full of flavor it’s insane. My tasting notes: 

Visual: Beautiful brown sherry/Treacle 

Nose: Initial bang of exotic dried fruits, with a slight hint of dark chocolate and an even slighter hint of coffee, pot still spice, and Antique oak.

Palate: Mouthwatering sweetness and white peppery spice mixed with oily tannins, beautifully balanced nuttiness eventually giving way to a bitter dark chocolate dryness. Strange how I found it went from mouthwatering to dry.

Finish: a lovely balanced bittersweetness combined with that unmistakable redbreast spice. The spice starts out in the middle of the tongue and continues towards the back of the throat. Very well balanced and complex, plenty of oak influence, very more-ish.


To sum up, it really is an incredible expression. Certainly a showcase. And I don’t mean to be “big upping” this whiskey by any means but, when something is good its good and I tend to call it as it is. Just a shame there was so much F&%$ing around with pricing at the start, it got the right attention for all the wrong reasons! Now that it’s at a far more affordable price, I’d highly recommend trying it, even if you bottle share it with friends. After all, sharing is caring…..Sláinte.

In the interest of transparency, I purchased my own Bottle and sample of the above, all opinions are my own and were in no way influenced from any outside parties.

Not another Blogging W*nker

Not another Blogging W*nker

Yep, and if you’re reading this online right now then that means that I’ve successfully uploaded this to my blog. Result!!

Firstly allow me to introduce myself, My name is Brian Hennessy and I am currently residing in Kilkenny Ireland, I dabble in the DJ world mostly these days, Let me tell you a bit more about myself, get comfy. 

The wonder years..

Born and bred ( for the most part ) in Kilkenny I was swiftly whisked away to the states at the very early age of 4. The 80s recession was in full bloom at the time of evacuation. I pretty much spent the better part of my childhood in New York moving around various times. I still have family there and I visit regularly ( I got connections … watch this space ).

Homeward Bound..

The year was 1999, The Celtic Tiger was in full swing and money was rife, the decision from the powers above decided a move back “home” would be beneficial. The mighty Murica was abandoned for bad weather, good health and the craic! Baggy trousers would soon take a back seat to Metallica T shirts and sneaking out to drink in a field……

Whiskey Whiskey Whiskey

We can move on a few years from the bad fashion sense and questionable drinking choices to more recent years and better life choices. I’m not entirely sure exactly when this happened, but it was an eye-opener, years of experimenting had led me to this exact moment, call it fate, call it my “journey”, whatever, it was meant to be, I was introduced to Irish Whiskey, Proper Irish whiskey. Midleton Very rare.

It was delicious, it was like nothing I had ever tried. I couldn’t drink vodka ( poisoned myself ), I couldn’t drink rum ( poisoned myself ), I certainly couldn’t drink tequila ( poisoned myself & best friend ). This was legit, delicious, easy drink ( I thought anyway ). From then on whiskey was always my first choice, and still is, only now my taste has become quite expensive, and I may have accumulated a few bottles along the way…..

My “Mission Statement”

Quite simply I want to write about things that newby ( or even veteran ) whiskey drinkers may have questions about. Cask finishes & types, whiskey lifestyle, glass selection, etiquette and so on. This being from a learners perspective, I’ll get all nerdy so you don’t have to. One thing this blog isn’t, it isn’t a news, stories or new releases blog, there are plenty of extremely talented bloggers out there that would do a far better job than I would when it comes to things like that.

As this is a hobby, and hobbies are meant to be fun, if we had a little craic along the way then how bad.

In Conclusion

There ya have it, a snapshot into my life, or rather a very very very very brief intro into me and the blog. I look forward to interacting with you either personally, through the blog or of course on social media ( click the social icons and follow ). Until then, keep her between the ditches. 



AKA The Whiskey Chaser