Blog Post: Redbird Limited Edition Wines and Spirits

Redbird Limited Edition Wines and Spirits

Bar Director Tobin Shea and team are thrilled to share new limited edition single barrel selects and other spirits created specifically for Redbird on an ongoing basis. Enjoy neat or in one of Mr. Shea’s many cocktails at the bar. In addition, learn more about Redbird’s unique wines (Pinot Noir and Cava) from Wine Director Christopher Dugan here.

Aged for six years in apera sherry barrels from Australia this 100% wheat whiskey has lighter flavors of lemon curd, floral honey, and stone fruit. The bar team recommends it in an old fashioned, a highball, or to sip neat at the end of a meal.

This is the second single barrel for Redbird with Old Forester, the top selection of three barrels tasted at the distillery by the bar team. After being aged six years in new American oak in Louisville, Kentucky, it was then bottled at 100 proof to be more versatile and approachable. Bold and spicy with a caramel finish, this spirit serves well neat or in an old fashioned or whiskey sour.

In summer 2019, Bar Director Tobin Shea and Bartender Kyle Ek first traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico to select a barrel of El Tesoro Tequila from La Alteña Distillery. Shea and Ek worked with master distiller Carlos Camarena, well-known for producing the most honest tequila. Learn more about their first trip here. The team’s current reposado single barrel offering is bottled at 91 percent proof after being aged nine months in bourbon barrels. It is double distilled in 100% blue weber agave with no additives giving cinnamon and lime on the nose and slightly sweet, vanilla, vegetal notes on the palate.

Famed distiller, Jim Rutlege, formerly of Four Roses and now at Castle and Key, barreled this bourbon 6 years ago. Working at the Old Taylor Distillery in Kentucky, it was one of his first projects on this new adventure. The distillery’s original owner in 1887, Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr, was a pioneer in inviting visitors to his distillery to experience his process as one would wine at a vineyard. Much of Redbird’s Rare Character comes from that terroir and history, plus the legendary skills of Rutlege. Mr. Shea had the honor of not only visiting with Chef Neal, but collaborating. This bourbon is rich in color with soft, savory notes of pepper and caramel. It tends to stay on the tongue longer with layers of flavor. It is best enjoyed neat or on a rock, but works well in an Old Fashioned, Manhattan or Boulevardier if more bitter flavor additions are preferred. Mr. Shea and team are deeply appreciative of Pablo Moix, a dusty bottle collector, barrel hunter and close industry friend, who originally made this connection of celebrating classic bourbon at its finest happen.
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This bourbon was born out of a relationship with our friends at Moët Hennessy. During COVID, most suppliers were not doing barrel programs, but Mr. Shea wanted to diversify Redbird’s single offerings as most at the time were from Kentucky. Woodinville gave inroads to Washington state. The team as a whole was excited to experience a very different type of terroir influencing bourbon. The outcome, after 6 years in New American Oak barrels, is a spirit with a high level of rye, giving more spice and heat on the finish than its Kentucky counterparts. With more flavor and higher proof, Woodinville works great in Redbird’s classic cocktails like the Kentucky Colonel and Honeysuckle.
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*coming back soon (email for more information) 

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Old Forester
orange cocktail with orange garnish
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redbird el tesoro bottle

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