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Redbreast 12-year-old

Overall rating
88.00/100
votes
27
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
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 75,28

20 × in wishlist

27 × member ratings

79 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Redbreast 12-year-old

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.00 points

  1. 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.

  2. Willum scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  3. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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.

  4. Rien scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  5. 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.

  6. Erik1908 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    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.

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