Nothing but the Redbreast for birthday boy Pat
A WHISKEY aficionado is celebrating after a birthday request from his wife landed him with a prized bottle of his favourite tipple and a hand written letter from the distillers.
Ahead of Pat McKernon’s 75th birthday next month, his wife Jean wrote a letter to Irish Distillers – the Dublin-based firm behind classic Irish whiskey brand Jameson – detailing her husband’s love of their world-famous ‘uisce beatha’.
She requested a small sample bottle of Redbreast, a 12-year-old “single-pot still” whiskey that was first introduced in Dublin in 1912, but was surprised when several weeks later a package was delivered that gave Jean more than she bargained for.
“I didn’t tell Pat as I honestly didn’t expect a response,” Jean said, explaining how not only did the firm send a sample bottle, but also a full-size bottle of the sought-after drink along with a hand-written note.
“It was such a lovely surprise – now I just have to keep Pat from drinking it before his big day.”
In the letter, signed by ‘the Redbreast Team’ at Irish Distillers, they wrote: “We may be biased, but your husband has excellent taste!
Saying the full bottle – worth around £50 – was for Pat’s birthday bash, the distillers added that the sample bottle was there “should he wish to whet his appetite beforehand.”
The letter added: “We hope you both have a lovely day celebrating his 75th birthday.”