4th December 2019

UPDATE: Redbreast Reconnect Birdbox Giveaway WINNER announced– details further below.



Creating moments to remember…


Our constant digital connectivity can create a disconnect between our lives and the things that make it worth living – the enjoyment of nature, a sense of place, an appreciation of the past, the sharing of time and conversation with others.

We recently created a secret, invite-only event where guests could disconnect, enjoy the moment and reconnect….with the opportunity to sample Redbreast Irish Whiskey along the way.

Giving our guests only the minimum of information, we met at our Belfast city centre departure point and headed west along the M1 Motorway.

A short while later, we arrived at our first destination – the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre – with our guests enjoying the sights and sounds of nature at the edge of Northern Ireland’s largest expanse of freshwater.

Photo credit: Dish You Were Here

We also had our first tasting of the day – Redbreast 12 Year Old.  A recent winner of the World Whiskey Trophy at the International Wine & Spirits Competition scoring an impressive 98/100 points – this whiskey is known for its rich, creamy Christmas cake character.

After a short time for exploring the area, we headed off on the road again, our guests enjoying a gourmet picnic and conversations along the way.

In no time at all, we arrived at Blessingbourne Country Estate in Fivemiletown; welcomed with luxury treats and hot drinks, to warm our guests up for the next activity of the day.

A chance to reconnect with nature, we handed out maps of the walking trail and sent our guests off in search of Redbreast Robins (not real birds, but little tags to collect on a treasure hunt).

After time spent between the trees, our guests stumbled across something special – a chance to hold and learn about some beautiful owls…

…complemented by a tasting of Redbreast 15 Year Old. Once just a special edition, this whiskey was loved so much it’s now a permanent member of the Redbreast family. This whiskey brings more pot still spice and a touch of berry fruit.

After the brisk weathered treasure hunt, guests made their way into Blessingbourne house, warming up by the roaring fireplaces and the taste of a Redbreast Old Fashioned.

If you fancy making one at home:

– Pour 50 ml of Redbreast 12 over ice
– Add 2 dashes of Angostura bitters, 2 dashes of orange bitters and a bar spoon of maple syrup
– Stir well and strain over ice into a rocks glass
– Garnish with orange peel and a maraschino cherry


As the smell of peat-fueled fires was replaced by the imminent hot food, appetites where whetted with a glass of Redbreast Lustau.

This whiskey highlights the sherried character Redbreast is known for. Aged 9-11 years in American ex-bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks, it is then finished for a year in hand-picked first-fill oloroso casks from Bodegas Lustau.

Finally, after dinner, the evening was brought to a close with more shared stories and the oldest permanent Redbreast expression, Redbreast 21 Year Old. Tasting notes won’t do for this one… You just need to try it yourself.

Now watch our video, grab some friends, a bottle of Redbreast Irish Whiskey and Reconnect…

A huge thank you to our guests and everyone involved in the day.

An experience to savour.

WIN… and RECONNECT with friends, nature and more.

For the chance to win a two-night stay for you + 3 others, including your own Birdbox treehouse with stunning views over Donegal, jump onto Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and look for our giveaway posts.


Winner, drawn at random from all entries across Whiskey Club NI and our partner channels, is ‘@sarahstar1’, (entry on Dish You Were Here’s Instagram).

Thanks to all for entering.

REDBREAST BIRD BOX Giveaway Terms and Conditions (of which instructions form part)

Promotion is run by Dillon Bass, owners of Whiskey Club NI.Giveaway open to Northern Ireland residents aged 18 years and over, except employees, families, agents or anyone professionally connected with Dillon Bass.

By entering, you agree to be contacted by the parties involved about the giveaway and for the parties to use the information submitted for any purpose in connection with the promotion.

Entry is by liking and then commenting as requested on the Giveaway post (launching 7.00pm Thursday 5th December 2019 on Whiskey Club NI’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels. Additional entries can be gained by commenting on our giveaway Partner’s channels (partners will be listed on the giveaway post):

The Bearded Candlemakers  | Big Daddy Slims  |  Gemma O’Neill  |  Daddy Fighting Fit  |  Day Dream Foodie  |  Dish You Were Here  |  Chris Suitor  |  Only Slaggin BBQ  |  Eating Ideas  

The giveaway closes at 5.00pm on Monday 16th December 2019.

There is one prize: a self-catering, two-night stay for four people: two of the group will stay in “The Bird Box” (full info here) and the other two in “Cosy Cabin” (full info here). Each accommodation option sleeps two guests maximum and are located within 50 metres walk of each other, near Fintown in Donegal.Travel to and from the accommodation is not part of the prize. Date of booking to be agreed between the winners and Whiskey Club NI and will depend on the availability of the accommodation provider. Please read the information provided in the listing links to fully understand the layout of the accommodation.  Winner must agree with the terms set out by the accommodation provider, as per listings.

Winner will be selected at random across all entries on Whiskey Club NI and our Partner’s channels and announced after the giveaway has closed.

Winner will be contacted on the channel they entered, and will have 48 hours to accept prize, otherwise a new winner will be drawn.

The winner may be asked to provide proof of ID before prize can be released.

Prize is not transferable and no cash alternatives in whole or in part are available.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. By entering this promotion you understand that you are providing your information to the parties involved and not to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Please refer to our Privacy Policy for information on how we manage data.

Whiskey Club NI reserves the right to vary, alter or terminate this promotion due to unforeseen circumstances.

The decision of Whiskey Club NI is final and binding and no correspondence shall be entered into.

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