Redbreast 12-year-old

Overall rating
84.07/100
votes
300
Whiskybase ID
WB134077
Category
Single Pot Still
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Bourbon and Sherry Casks
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Label
Rebranding 2019
Barcode
5011007008345
Added on
03 jul 2019 12:06 pm by Archer
Colored

Average value

€ 50.50

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300 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Redbreast 12-year-old

35 users have left 37 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.07 points.

  1. Drum scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The Redbreast 12 is a real fruit bomb in the glass. A very nice and pleasant whiskey.
    • Nose
      Sherry, fruits like pear and pineapple, forest honey, sweet, marzipan and nougat
    • Taste
      Honey, pepper, light oak and extremely mild
    • Finish
      Long, very mild, honey and dark fruits

  2. t86 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    I recall enjoying this much more a few years ago. It wasn't something I kept at home but would enjoy when out. Finally opened one of my bottles of this today and it's not as deep or rich as I remember. I think the bottle will improve to an extent over time and I'll frequently check back in.

    I pick up a distinct vanilla bourbon note. Eyes closed this tastes more like a sherried Blanton's. I think this will balance out and mellow soon and become closer to what I enjoyed previously.

  3. Romanino scored this whisky 82 points Member Junior

    First impression was not very interesting, however after 2-3 drams I somehow adapted my taste buds to sherry taste as I am peat guy.
    N: sherry spice, fruity, green apple
    T: strong sherry influence in terms of fruit and spice
    F: oak, white pepper, sherry sourness and fruitiness

  4. ZLako scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    N: fresh fruits, apples, pears, vanilla, oakiness and some spices. sherry notes

    P: spiced fruits, malt, sherry and some charred oak

    F: warm, long and smooth, very pleasant

  5. bankimate scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Kraddell scored this whisky 72 points Expert Junior

    Pours a medium colored gold. Scent is full, funky, heavy grains. Not overly integrated, if i'm perfectly honest. Old wood, not very specifically sherry nor bourbon. Taste is fairly sweet, Taste at least is much more integrated. Noticably buttery, grainy base. Recognizable bourbon, not much on the sherry. Not sure I love this ... Buttered bread character is just a tad too high. Alcohol remains smooth, not as good (not even close) as the lustau edition.

  7. WhiskeyfanRoy scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    [2021.12.30]
    Very fragrant smell as soon as I opened the bottle, very good first impression!
    After tasting it, I was even more amazed at his balance and supple taste.
    The overall performance makes it hard to believe that this is only a 40% abv whiskey, what a great performance!
    Too bad the cask strength version doesn't seem to be available in my area, I think that would be more perfect...!

    The whole bottle of whiskey gives me the feeling of "elegance",
    The first smell is delicate and lovely like Robin redbreast, but after drinking it, it also has a strong and beautiful inner.
    Good standard presentation, recommend buying a full bottle.
    The sum of the taste is 86 points and the price does not affect the rating.

    [2022.1.3] Oh my....
    I have to revise my rating because this Redbreast keeps getting better and better in the days after opening, the complex aroma and oily body continue to grow, and tonight I'm really sure, It's damn excellent!
    I have to buy a few more bottles and keep an open bottle in the cupboard at all times.
    With just 40% ABV and 12 years old, it disintegrated my knowledge of whiskey, and now I know that a good whiskey can still make a door to heaven within these constraints.
    I must continue to try 12yo Cask Strength & 15yo, and I hope the wine merchants in Taiwan can help import some. This is my humble request.

    [2022.1.6] Finally can be compared with 15yo.
    Personally, I prefer 12yo's expression,
    Although it has the defect of lack of power, it is very round and very comfortable to drink.
    I'm sure I need to stock up, and having drank over 50 whiskies by now, I'm pretty sure this will be my top 3 and a great whiskey that I can drink every day.

    [2022.2.6] Postscript.
    There are about 150ml of liquid left in this bottle. Although the taste is still as good, the aroma emitted in front of the nose is not as unrestrained as before. It seems that the air has a great influence on it. (15yo smells just as good, it seems that the strength of abv still has a role)
    It seems that this bottle of whiskey must be consumed within 2 months.

    The total taste is 88 points, the price does not affect the score, and it is definitely worth the money.

    [2022.5.22]
    The bottle opened today is not ideal, the aroma is much weaker.
    It seems that there is a big difference in performance between batches, I would probably only give around 85 points for this bottle in my hand.
    It's a pity, I hope the quality can be more stable...
    • Nose
      Very round smell, quite nice,
      I have rarely experienced such a warm and mellow scent.
      Mainly sweet butterscotch, Brie cheese, vanilla, caramel, freshly baked bread, etc., sweet and mild taste,
      Even some honey, flower and fruit aroma.
      It's so comfortable that I can smell it all night long.
    • Taste
      It is obviously only a 12-year-old young whiskey, but it does not irritate the mouth at all.
      The sweet aroma diffuses in the mouth, and the wine adheres harmoniously to the tongue, gradually feeling the warmth.
      But compared to the standard whiskey I drink in the past, the taste seems to be a bit bland (perhaps it has something to do with Irish triple distillation?)
    • Finish
      A well-balanced aroma remains on the throat. Too bad the finish isn't very long. But this just makes people want to drink another dram quickly!
      Oh, this bottle of mine should be empty soon.

  8. valasios scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  9. MrDvorak scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The aroma is dominated by a nut platter along with baked apples with honey. On the palate there are waxed dried apricots and fatty southern raisins, nut butter and butter. The finish is simple, short, creamy chocolate, buttery.

    A very simple, but impeccably balanced whiskey, the standard version of this two is probably a little more pleasant, but this is also very good.

    RATING: 84pts - | 83 - 86 (B) → Good | - Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.

  10. 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.

  11. SimondeVette scored this whisky 72 points Expert Junior

    Soft. This is okay stuff, but nothing really special
    • Nose
      Cinnamon, heath, flowery
    • Taste
      Flowery, caramel, cinnamon
    • Finish
      Bitter oak, caramel

  12. TKoolhaas scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Smell: Oak wood/vanilla, strawberry, cherry, cake
    Flavor: Strawberry, pudding, caramel, vanilla, milkshake
    Finish: Caramel, vanilla custard, wood

  13. MrTida scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    The sour dairy note put me off at first. But the Redbreast keeps growing on me. Nice summer dram. Sweet and easy drinker.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Needs some time in the glass. Dairy sourness and a slightly metallic note dominates at first whiff. As it opens up, sweet notes of honey, toffee and baked apples takes over. Dried fruits - raisins, figs, prunes - are discernable. There's also a nutty quality (cashews?) to it.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Smooth. Easy drinker. Toffee, dried fruits, ginger. Still the dairy sourness.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Juicy and sweet. Waxy.

  14. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskeylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/06/03/yet-even-more-bottle-polishing-spring-summer-2021/

    N: Instantly appealing, the oloroso influence is irrefutable but comes with an Irish twist on those ‘seasoned’ sherry casks. Oh, and then there’s that wax! The tropical fruits integrate/meld beautifully with the [banana/melon >pineapple] fruit punch waxiness, putty wax, [new not dusty] wax capacitor wax, vanilla=ed [JD] bourbon-ed wax,… What’s the chemical compound for wax esters? RCOOH + R’OH RCOOR’ + H2O, apparently!

    T: And there’s that wax again, consolidated fruity > vanilla-seeped soupy/juicy sour-sweet [dessert-gravy?] fruit punch-like candle wax [again], and more besides. The minimum bottling strength of 40% is telling whilst making this far too easy to drink. With soft-tempered yet active/ raw bourbon cask action underneath [as seen with the CS version], and the mash-bill under that, it’s the vanilla-putty, metallic Milk of Magnesia succulent tropical sherry-seasoned fruits & berries into powder [Nesquik strawberry] shakes that seal the deal, though the bourbon-y raw sherried-freshness finds itself on tenuous lines.

    F: As if painstakingly choreographed, it finishes true to form – varnished [bourbon] wood-induced/influenced with more of that waxy slightly parching scrunched burnt/scorched-fruit vanilla. Concludes with putty < wax and a biscuity/woody floor, the sherry influence sympathetically managed to the last.

    C: As discussed with the CS version, what a difference a few more abv degrees wouldn’t give – 43% might even do it. Still, it’s moreish juice from the off. After some splendid O&R drams interspersed by a number of decent malternatives over the last few months, this certainly holds up as a jobbing contemporary 12yo from start to finish.

  15. DanishDistilled scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Beautiful oak and sherry, raisins
    • Taste
      84 84
      Lots of malty grain flavour. A bit flat, though. Strong sherry influence.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Some off flavours, not the strongest part of this whiskey. Quite generic sherry finish

  16. Burch scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Did something happen with this whiskey? It doesn't seem as good as it was years ago. It feels like the finesse has gone to overt sweetness or something. Cheaper/younger sherry casks? I know it's not for a lack of bourbon casks. Still a solid whiskey.

  17. Ficelli scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  18. Svarttt scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A great standard. Very suitable for entering the world of Irish whiskey.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  19. gaboruso scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  20. John87 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  21. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  22. leeho scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  23. McBRI scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  24. Dogs2 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  25. MackenzieOB95 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Nose: Spiced fruit, mainly apples and pears. Some hints of vanilla. Beautifully oaky.

    Palate: More spiced fruit, the palate has some citrus. Malty. Sherry coming through nicely. Charred oak.

    Finish: Long. Warm and smooth. Vanilla lingering.

    Overall Score: 89. This is a fantastic whiskey. The buzz around this one is not overhyped or exaggerated. The whiskey is beautifully light and sweet. It has a very mature flavor to it and does not disappoint in terms of complexity. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone. I’m excited to get the 15.

  26. Dris scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  27. Defeatless scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This bottle is from just before the rebranding. Bottlecode: L917731394 21:26

    This is an perfect daily dram!
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sweet and delicate notes of wood, honey, spice and some ripe blackberries. There is a little mettalic note in the background, but nothing to worry.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet and tasty. Quite full bodied for a 40%ABV! There is marzipan, wood, red berries, hint of oak again, some sawdust and caramel.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium length. There is a burst of vanilla and caramel. It gives a lovely creamy flavour.
      Besides that there is a hint of oak and some ice-cream.

  28. whiskytornado scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  29. Gloin scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nice, round, soft pot still whiskey. The sherry is noticeable but not dominant.

  30. Ninofdram scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      81 81

  31. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskeylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/05/16/an-irish-an-islay-and-an-indie/

    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.

  32. TsiAI scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    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

    Nose: 85/100

    Palate: 85/100

    Finish: 84/100

    Body: 85/100

    Overall: 84/100

    Overall: The smell is relatively pure, and it is a simple fruit dessert.

  33. Derufus scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  34. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  35. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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.

  36. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    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 ...

  37. whisky313 did not rate this whisky Specialist

    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.

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