Redbreast 12-year-old

Overall rating
87.43/100
votes
71
Whiskybase ID
WB122420
Category
Single Pot Still
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Edition
Bottled
29.05.2018
Stated Age
12 years old
Casknumber
Batch B1/18
Strength
56.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L814931199
Added on
09 dec 2018 7:05 pm by jackebear
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 210.00

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Whisky reviews for Redbreast 12-year-old

15 users have left 15 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.43 points.

  1. HammerHead scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I was already impressed by the 12 year CS a few years ago (batch B1/13), but this one is even better. At less than €70 this is great value for money and a real bang for your buck.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Toffee, caramel, crème brûlée, canned peaches, mango, toast with butter, also mild vanilla and some nuttiness. Then spicy with nutmeg, ginger and lots of cinnamon, a clear herbal note (some tarragon and coriander).
    • Taste
      89 89
      Full bodied: oily and creamy, dried fruits, apricot, figs, vanilla, scones with whipped cream, a pretty hefty but beautiful spiciness with new leather, pepper, ginger and cinnamon. Develops into a more herbal and grassy note in the back of the mouth.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long: a continuing dried fruitiness, toffee, herbal, drying oak wood with pepper and nutmeg.

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  3. Boletus did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A wonderful single pot still with lots of spice and fruit notes. Due to its complexity, it not only invites you to explore smell and taste for a long time, but also its lasting aromas in the aftertaste know how to inspire. In short, a great whiskey!
    • Nose
      With a light haze of wood glue, a huge amount of light, juicy fruits rises, papaya, mango and pineapple, but also peaches as well as ripe tangerines and crunchy apples, sultanas and spicy forest honey also ensure the sweet moments, the minimal hint of solvent disappears very quickly and opens the doors for an impressive mixture of spices, coriander seeds, a pinch of cumin and crushed allspice, also mace and a stick of cinnamon look around the corner, the spices are beautifully integrated into the exotic-looking fruitiness, also a few herbs such as tarragon and savory as well as marjoram and Thyme joins in, the expressive toasted oak adds a lot of vanilla and a slightly dusty sawdust note, in the background there is a minimal roasted tobacco note, like a pack of light rolling tobacco freshly opened by the person sitting next to you
    • Taste
      After a brief sweetness of honey, powerful dry oak wood pushes through and lets the pot still spice mixture arrive, the hodgepodge of spices and herbs shown in the smell rages happily in the mouth, the events are quickly softened and at the same time much creamier, the versatile fruit notes carried by gentle vanilla are shown, mango and cantaloupe melon as well as candied papaya and pineapple for the exotic side, passion fruit shakes hands with the tangerines and a minimal acidity appears briefly, at the back there is a baked apple sprinkled with a pinch of cinnamon and brown sugar with almonds and Sultanas, dark milk chocolate with truffle cream filling
    • Finish
      A long finish begins, initially reminiscent of roasted spiced bread, the spice is replaced by lots of mango with vanilla cream, the toasty accents of the flawless oak hover over everything and have a few hints of very light tobacco and nubuck leather in the hindquarters, the varied fruits and the A mixture of spices and herbs reappear from oblivion, but now much more subtle than in the mouth and nose, the dry sawdust note with the sweetness of forest honey and sultanas lingers for a long time

  4. Drum scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A nice sweet "dessert whiskey", which I could only enjoy with water due to the cask strength. Sweet pastries with nice notes of wood and tobacco. Very pleasant in the mouth and nose.
    • Nose
      Cute! Sherry and Marsala. Followed by marzipan, sweet pastries and bakeries and fruit crumble.
    • Taste
      Pepper, sherry, sweet and warm. Nougat with fine wood aromas, butter and butter vanilla
    • Finish
      Medium length, warm, soft, oily mouthfeel and nougat again. Then there are biscuits and plum pipe tobacco. Finally he says goodbye again with subtle vanilla.

  5. Jimbeau scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Jackson05 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Blind sample.

    Quite enjoyable. Lots of power and spice indicating its youth. Very clean with nice nutty oloroso tones. Easy drinker to have around. I’d grab one.

  7. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Honey, cereals, sweet pastries, some earth, nuts, spices (especially cinnamon and nutmeg, but others), peach, apple, melon, in the background also a few herbs / grasses, caramel, milk chocolate
    • Taste
      Honey, cereals, melon, apple, peach, grapefruit, dark chocolate, pepper

  8. Scherenschnitte scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This is an excellent batch. Great example of high quality Irish whiskey.⁣
    • Nose
      Explosive on the nose. Lots of sweet notes coupled with some toasted wood and spices that I can’t quite identify. Notes of sweet bread, honey, vanilla all present. Love it.⁣
    • Taste
      Rich, thick, creamy, dense, syrupy coating mouthfeel. Malty sweetness initially. Reminds me of cereal or bread covered in honey. Yum. It transitions from sweet to very enjoyable peppery spices.
    • Finish
      Long. Slightly bitter with peppery spice that finishes at the end with a toasted sweet cereal note.⁣

  9. Mannix65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    very good standard - top PLV
    • Nose
      88 88
      A bouquet of spices on a sherry bed, herbs, lovage, raisins, cranberries, stable stable oak behind
    • Taste
      87 87
      Furniture polish, beeswax, dry sherry sweetness - creamy and soft, despite the clear influence of wood
    • Finish
      87 87
      long with a nice toky sherry sweetness

  10. Oldie6.1 scored this whisky 89 points Newbie

    Nose:
    Herb cherries, nutmeg and cinnamon. Vanilla sauce flows over dried oranges.
    The oak lies gently in the nose, it announces a subtle fragrance of perfume, which is quickly displaced again by vanilla, herbs and the gentle oak fragrance.

    Mouth:
    oily, mild he lies on the tongue. Cherries with vanilla, herbs, oak and pepper are in the interplay.

    Very dry with tingling pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, oak and dark cherry chocolate, it stays medium to long back.

    My first, quietly enjoyed, redbreast,
    he is good to very good.

  11. Willum scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  12. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    I normally am not that into Irish whiskey. But this bottling definitely is convincing stuff. It tells me to buy a bottle, so this one goes straight towards the wishlist! Impressive..
    • Nose
      Interesting nose! Without water and just some time it already developes multiple times. Alcohol is quite prominent but nevertheless there is also a very distinctive creamy fruitiness with some nuttiness. It is a bit closed though. Water is recommended. When added the alcoholic sting is gone instantly what results in a very delicate nose with multiple herbs, fruits and hazelnuts. Hints of whipped Cream and vanilla are also quite prominent. Excellent stuff! This is a very complex nose, with and without water.
    • Taste
      Without water it is surprisingly friendly and incredibly silky. Beautiful already but again somewhat closed. With water it becomes even more friendly and silky. Even a bit buttery I’d say. This is what I would say is perfectly balanced! A great play between wood and fruit.
    • Finish
      Warm, sweet and with soft fruits. Long and very pleasant. In terms of finish speaking, it doesn’t need water. This is great already.
      With water the finish gets slightly more sharp and woody. But very slightly. A hint of pomegranate joins the palate. And again some hazelnuts at the very end.

  13. Rien scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  14. Defeatless scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Good and honest Irish whiskey. Difficult to find a better one which is as consistent and affordable.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Full and creamy. You can smell that it is high in the ABV. There is some caramel in it and also the vanilla plays in the background. Now that I read the other two reviews, I take the glue out. Great nose like that.
      With water: Much sweeter and fuller. Whipped cream and vanilla ice cream. Also some caramel. A lot rounder.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet, full, creamy, slightly spicy and some malt. In the distance, it looks a bit like a bourbon. But in terms of ABV, this really needs water, this whiskey will probably get better.
      With water: Become a lot more open. The spiciness is reduced and the vanilla and caramel comes out nicely.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium - long length. How bitter. More spiciness and some vanilla. The wood is quite prominent here.
      With water: Medium - long length. The bitterness is more to the background and the spiciness has come to the fore more.

  15. Erik1908 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I must say that I have not tasted too many Irish whiskies till date, so it is difficult for me to compare. I have tasted the Redbreast 12y (40% abv) and the 15y though. But imho they do not come close to this cs bottling.

    Where I thought that Irish whiskey was very mild compared to Scotch whiskey, this is a very powerful whiskey. For sure this bottle will be replaced when empty.
    • Nose
      90 90
      The nose is for sure the best. There is a lot happening here. Have not smelled this before. Wonderful. Spicy, woody and a strange smell of sweetness.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Exotic fruit, vanilla and spices again.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long; slightly bitter.

  16. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Luckily, years ago Midleton decided to ramp up their single pot still whiskey output. Before the introduction of Dair Ghaelach, since 2011, the Redbreast 12 CS was the only SPS that came bottled in cask strength. And you could always count on him being of excellent quality. Nothing else applies to this latest edition, which, like last year, was only available shortly before the end of the year. Again a great single pot still, who comes with his 56.2% a bit more pleasing than his previous year's predecessor.
    • Nose
      90 90
      There they stand directly like a wall in front of one, these extremely tasty pot still spices whose composition is so difficult to name, but here, at the present batch B1 / 18, perhaps as a mixture of clove powder, nutmeg, pepper , Cinnamon, coriander, tarragon, marjoram and chervil could be described - and certainly something is missing in this list. Raisins and dried figs give sweetness, a light woody note resonates. The spices are present but not so intense as to cover the other flavors.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very creamy and unexpectedly soft with vanilla, fresh wood and mild herbs. The spices, which are so noticeable in the nose and formally impose, are more restrained on the tongue. An idea of the exotic fruits, which one finds so much in the 21-year-old brother, pulls through and leaves traces of mango, papaya and pineapple. Then raisins, fresh bread dough, caramel candy, toffee and nougat chocolate. Pipe tobacco, old leather.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium long, still creamy, with sweet caramel and toffee, raisins, sugar beet syrup, pepper & licorice.

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