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Nothing but the Redbreast for birthday boy Pat

Pat McKernon with his Redbreast whiskey, accompanied by pet dog Bonnie. Picture by Hugh Russell
Paul Ainsworth

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.”

 The hand-written response from Irish Distillers to Jean McKernon, who wrote telling them of husband Pat's love of whiskey

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.”

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