Redbreast 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Pot Still
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
Sherry Casks
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
28 Feb 2018 2:22 pm by Big6230

Average value

€ 47.82

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71 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Redbreast 12-year-old

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.16 points

  1. 88bamboo did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    This is a great bottle at its price range – it is a rather straightforward flavour profile of vanilla and sherry sweetness that may be said to be tried and tested to be widely popular with all folks. It is also very flavourful considering its 40.0% ABV.

    Anyone who enjoys Christmas cake with dried fruits, or toasted raisin buns would enjoy this, and a simple man like me certainly does. At its price range, I would recommend any alcoholic to include the Redbreast 12 in his personal collection as a go-to drink, and if not, as something for his friends who are just beginning to drink whiskey (or whiskey).

    Link to review: https://88bamboo.co/blogs/the-bamboo-post/redbreast-12-years-old-new-midleton-distillery-40-0-ob
    • Nose
      In the glass, the whiskey is a deep amber indicative of a long sherry maturation.

      On the nose, the whiskey leads with moderate vanilla with lightly toasted almonds and walnuts. This develops into a clean sweet fragrance of Sherried fruits, such as raisins and cranberries. There is a slight floral fragrance and fresh cut grass.
    • Taste
      On my tasting, a surprisingly sweet first act, with vanilla, cereal and honey-roasted almonds, with growing notes of caramelized apple. The sweet malty notes are very very clean and crisp, indeed true to its Irish triple-distilled character.

      In the midst of it, some sherry and spice grow on my palate, although it felt rather subtle because my attention was focused on the sweet and light malt. Once I caught notes of some dark fruits, I do realise the “sherry undertones” advertised on the label are indeed present and further sips draw me closer. There is a flavourful but well-rounded sherry note with raisins, cranberries, hawthorn candy flakes (山楂) and a bit of woodiness from the toasted barrel. Very very slight leatheriness and spice accompany the dry fruits. The texture is velvety and lovely, and I really like the marriage of equals between the clean and sweet vanilla flavours on one hand and sherry notes and spice on the other. Neither profile overwhelms the other, which leaves me to be able to enjoy both.
    • Finish
      The finish is long, with raisins and hawthorn candy, and warming ginger spice. While the flavours are light and crisp, the texture is not just smooth but somewhat creamier and more velvety than Scottish single malt- perhaps I am thinking too much but I would attribute this difference to the unmalted barley used for Irish.

  2. Dutchdram scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      I immediately smell the sherry, figs, and raisins. A delicious taste of milk chocolate and a light oak undertone. I also smell a spicy tone of ginger.
    • Taste
      85 85
      As if I'm in a coffee shop. I immediately taste roasted coffee beans. An oily, spicy bite follows. Driftwood, nuts and marzipan tones close the taste palette.
    • Finish
      84 84
      A fairly long aftertaste. Oily with a finish of ginger and vanilla custard.

  3. wbarchive_103403 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  4. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

  5. stefan_PB scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    An easydrinking whiskey, just the thing to enjoy with friends.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Very fruity with peach notes, vegetable aromas and some hay on the nose. Very pleasant.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Pear notes with subtle sweetness, a little bit of cereal, very mild.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Rather short. Grain notes and a little vanilla again

  6. Goldenwhiskycave scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    yellow brown in color
    • Nose
      80 80
      soft fruity, orange, caramel sugars, chocolate, fresh lemon,
    • Taste
      87 87
      oil, brown sugars, velvet with a spicy touch, cherry, oak
    • Finish
      79 79
      spicy, warm cherry finish, tasty

  7. kevinmrn scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    Nose: Freshly cut leaves, nutty, vanilla, kokos to some light curry spices in the back
    Palate: Soft floral, dried fruits, vanilla, marzipan, light spices
    Finish: creamy pudding, Pudding, some green spice

  8. kevinmrn scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    Nose: Freshly cut leaves, nutty, vanilla, kokos to some light curry spices in the back
    Palate: Soft floral, dried fruits, vanilla, marzipan, light spices
    Finish: creamy pudding, Pudding, some green spice

  9. RR60 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    A very soft whiskey.
    With delicate sherry notes, caramel, honey and some spice in the background.

  10. Rien scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur


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