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Whisky Reviews for Redbreast 12-year-old
9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.64 points
- The new illustrations of the entire Redbreast range reissue are by Irish illustrator Denise Nestor. They show the eponymous robin frozen in different stages of movement. If you place the individual bottlings in the order 12, Lustau, 12CS, 15 and 21 next to each other, you can follow a robin when starting ...
- Already countless times - different vintages - in the glass, and yet again and again surprising what he is able to achieve with his 40% vol. When freshly poured, he is sometimes a little shy; you should allow him to rest in the glass for a few minutes. Because then he opens the full single pot still program, shows great spice and sherry notes. A classic you can't get dead.
If you give the whiskey a rest in the glass for a little while, it will reward you with rich, but not intrusive sherry notes, which are in the form of raisins, dried figs, ripe grapes and blackberries. At the beginning only slightly spicy, the spices intensify as nosing progresses, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and coriander appear. Marzipan bread and nougat, chocolate flakes.
Silky, soft and creamy, with a well-balanced spice note right from the start, which also covers and accompanies the dried fruit that is also present from the start. Long-stored, well-dried old wooden floorboards, old leather, dry tobacco leaves. Mild liquorice, ginger. Sugar beet syrup, pumpernickel.
Medium to long, dry. Long-lasting, not too intrusive sherry notes. Together with the spices as well as the tobacco and leather notes, this results in a very tasty, long finish.
- Nice, round, soft pot still whiskey. The sherry is noticeable but not dominant.
N: Is this sherry, or maybe madeira cask-matured whiskey? It’s odd enough [and estery enough] for Glen Scotia for sure, but there’s something very distinctive about this I feel I should be grasping sooner. Descriptors speak of waxy-to-puttied sweet fruits with a chemical/industrial edge. Becomes more and more pleasant as it opens up, the fruits becoming more tropical [the penny should have dropped by then].
T: This is an odd waxy fruity [old?] thing. With a little fizz it becomes more creamy and again, industrial/metallic/putty,… is this a Lidl’s job? It’s Irish, has to be Irish!? More complex fruit sugars emerge over time. Pleasing to see there’s no offensive finishing, as it doesn’t need any. Definitely has some firm age to it.
F: Becomes definitively sour with dairy/butyric wax capacitors and subtle oak=malt sugars. The soft vanilla is deep and low key.
C: It’s good this, though subjectively, it may depend on what your take on the butyric waxiness is. A snipper’s guess, I shoot for Lidl’s 26yo Irish [WLP187/WLP286]. Revealed! Affordable and commendable, I’m amazed it’s ‘only’ 12yo. Last time I had this was in 2017 when I told myself to buy a bottle. Today, the same score and sentiment.
- Room temperature when drinking: 17 ℃
Watching Eyes: Honey
Smell Nose: At first, it was green apple caramel, grass (no grassy smell), dewdrops, wildflowers, roses and other relatively fresh elements. Slowly sweet milk began to escape, honey, caramelized apples, cinnamon bread, Wangzi milk . It feels that the Bourbon barrel is relatively large.
Taste Palate: wheat, heavy cheesecake, half-cooked cheese, egg milk, fig milk, green apple candy, a little oak
Finish: Finish, long, astringent, dry, hard candy, red apple, fragrant pear
Body: Medium, with a bitter bottom, oily texture, the liquor is tightly clumped from beginning to end in the mouth, I like it very much
Overall: The smell is relatively pure, and it is a simple fruit dessert.
- A really good whiskey that offers something and is not too boring. However, I do not necessarily need a large bottle of it, since the 12er is also available in barrel strength. Nevertheless, a tasty pot still for the money.
- New packaging will be available in August 2019
Made from a mash of malted and unmalted barley and then triple distilled in copper pot stills, Redbreast 12 boasts the flavour complexity and distinctive qualities of Pot Still whiskey. Matured in a combination of Bourbon seasoned American Oak barrels and Oloroso Sherry seasoned Spanish oak butts, the distinctive Redbreast sherry style is a joy to behold in each and every bottle.