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Overall rating
88.95/100
votes
106
Whiskybase ID
WB122504
Category
Single Pot Still
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
10.07.2018
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
1st fill bourbon and oloroso
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
New Label (Redbreast Bird)
Bottle code
L819131269
Barcode
5011007024970
Added on
10 Dec 2018 3:12 pm by OKN
Non-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 181.89

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106 × member ratings

163 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Redbreast 21-year-old

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.95 points

  1. Dramned! scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    I can not think of superlatives that would not sound too hackneyed to describe the experience. If you're used to Scottish whiskeys in the first place, it seems like a potion from another dimension. So intense and beautiful and different that he has revived my love for the whiskeys of the green island despite all the Aegean Sea.
    This is without question a true masterpiece, what Midleton delivers here. Something so self-contained can only be created in Ireland with its very own traditions.
    https://dramned.blog/2018/12/19/redbreast-21-46/
    • Nose
      Unusually would be grossly understated, which flooded olfactory to the olfactory cells. If fruit flavors in Scottish whiskeys are mostly of an associative nature, they become downright plastic and real - you can smell real Gali melons and papaya here. An entire basket of tropical fruits is served here, in addition to the mentioned bananas, mangos and passion fruit. Sweet creamy vanilla and creamy dark caramel sweets. Spicy oak with edgy smells of an old dusty oak cabinet and tart-sweet tobacco notes testify to the maturity and age of this substance. If you smell longer, good old acquaintances from the sherry front come to the fore. Subtle dried fruit, primarily air-dried aromatic apricots and light raisins. Alcohol does not disturb this sensual experience at any moment.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, this intense fruit ripening continues without any breakage. A flood of tropical fruits storms over the taste buds with an oily force, they are almost overwhelmed to sort it all out. Sweet and creamy like a cream dish from the fruits mentioned, this whiskey clings to all areas of the mouth. Honey melons and orange-yellow papaya, soft juicy mangoes and passion fruit juice. In addition, immediately a tart spicy oakiness, which intensifies the whole and struggling alternately with the extremely fruity sweetness for supremacy. An incredible spectacle, what's on offer! The alcohol brings pleasant warmth without burning.
    • Finish
      Long and creamy sweet, with an intense and extremely delicate honey melon aroma, which does not want to subside anymore. Underlaid with beautiful soft oak flavors and sweet caramel, the finish is phenomenal. You do not stop smacking, so appetizing everything is done.

  2. Jackson05 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Sample.

    It’s very good, but I can’t help but wonder if I’m so used to drinking single casks, that large batches lose some of their idiosyncrasies which I love.

    It’s flawlessness is really its only flaw, if you see what I mean.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Prickly, juicy fruits and simple syrup. Fresh.
    • Taste
      88 88
      White fruits, white pepper, simple syrup. Tasty and very crushable, not overly complex.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The finish is the best part. Building tropical fruits, juicy and quenching. White peach, kiwi.

  3. Moses scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    One thing in advance and for anyone who dares here without judgment. It's not scotch! The singular pot stills story with 3x distillation and the long contact with copper makes something strange happen. That is essential, otherwise you will be disappointed. I like that. A sample in advance is highly recommended. Also, this version / 18 is not so fruity at the beginning and at the end a little dirtier in the sherry area. But goes in the direction of new leather saddle. So exactly mine. For me, the pleasant direction. Everything together and considered from the barrel choice, he is clearly laid out on the Bourbon side.
    Oh, ... mine again :-), yes, he's going to be home whiskey.
    • Nose
      88 88
      On the nose he is on the bright side. It is also not as dominating as the 2x 1st Fill is actually expected. He starts with light fruit and fine Bourbon vanilla. A touch of honey bananas plus exotic fruitiness still comes through. Oha!, After the first sip in the mouth and several seconds on the palate makes on the nose even the finest lemongrass and a hidden floral note noticeable. Wonderfully fresh. On the second sip I had even imagined some "rose water" a few times. This is the moment when many say the pot stills technique is too artificial. Also too many perfume notes obscure the sensations. But this Redbreast21 makes it very elegant and not so intrusive. Respect to Jameson. Master craftsmanship.
    • Taste
      91 91
      After the first few seconds in the mouth, the memory of Christmas and spring is "spreading" at the same time. Very very horny body ... and well seasoned by the PotStills technique. Always buttersweet with a concentrated creamy mouthfeel, he makes for wonderful waves of Christmas cookies and fruit salad with petals that do not want to end. Reminds me but also something about canned peach and apricots. Wow, that's very complex on the palate. From now on I want to have it on the shelf. This feeling should never end. Oha, a dangerous bottle. I arrived in Irish whiskey heaven. Version / 18th My best Irishman so far.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, longer with exciting spiciness and a lot of drying apricot. Then he comes back and leaves again. In several waves, it lets go slowly with spicy fruitiness. On the one hand, not all that much happens anymore. But he designed the finale soothingly and wonderfully long. There is something. The fact is: This bottle has several special features leased to itself. Huge Cinema of Irish Whiskey PotStills Art.
      PS: A big thank you to the André for the big sample.

  4. elipszis scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    One of my favorite whiskey
    • Nose
      woody
      vanillia
      fresh tropical fruits
      nuts
      rich dried fruit.
    • Taste
      soft vanilla
      toasted oak
      sherry nuttiness with a dusting of spices
      very smooth and complex
    • Finish
      lasting indefinitely

  5. Totoro scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Attractively priced (around 130-140 € in 2020) and wholly unique, a category in its own right. The only possible criticism here is the ABV. Man, what I would give to taste this at cask (or marrying, or batch) strength...
    • Nose
      90 90
      Massive glue notes upfront, almost like an old single grain: wood glue, varnish, acetone, solvent... Once that settles down, the fruits make their entrance: banana, pear, apricot, peach, melon, mango, papaya, lychee... Quite exuberant, really. Pretty sweet as well, like multi fruit juice. This impression is probably also strengthened by the first-fill bourbon casks, though the oak itself remains in the background. I also find it really hard to divide up (or identify) the different cask types on the nose; if someone told me this was all bourbon, I probably wouldn't object immediately. With much effort, you can sniff out some sherry casks, but I'd imagine their number is pretty low in this vatting. What else? Cotton candy, wine gums, frozen yoghurt, candied ginger. Really singular and highly recognizable.
    • Taste
      91 91
      This is where the party starts in earnest. Begins with an avalanche of fruits (see above for a provisional list) with a nice pot still spice kick on the mid-palate. Nicely chewy texture with that typically Irish "dusty" impression. Then, as it goes down, a second wave of fruits galore. So it's fruit->spice->fruit.
      On the palate, I can't shake the idea of a sweet-and-savory mango chutney. Awesome, even though you can kind of sense the dilution.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Nice enough, but once the last rush of fruits is through, it fades swiftly, leaving behind only faint ideas of pastry, curry spice, pepper, and mango.

  6. Ostfriese scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Notes from a blind tasting. I was very surprised by the resolution as I had tried the 12 years CS Redbreast shortly before and couldn't find anything in common. Maybe it was the form of the day ...
    • Nose
      First, a light glue / nail polish remover touch. This slowly turns into fruity notes. Spruce needles, clover and beeswax. Caramel, nuts and dried herbs.
    • Taste
      At first it makes a light, almost watery impression before it turns into creamy spicy notes. Vanilla, oranges and lots of wood ...
    • Finish
      Rather short with hints of oranges and vanilla. Light roasted aromas and lots of oak.

  7. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. Ninofdram scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. JimJaws scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very good whiskey. Fruity, mild. Was very well received at one of our tastings. But I always don't have to dig that deep for my 21 year old Irish. PLV not that great.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. DannyDram scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Citric, red berries, typical bourbon aromas.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Rhubarb, blueberries, light sweetness, vanilla, caramel. lies round on the palate. Medium complexity
    • Finish
      91 91
      Oak, caramel, somewhat peppery. Long finish

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