Redbreast 15-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Pot Still
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
15 years old
Oloroso Sherry Butts, Bourbon Barrels
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Rebranding 2019
Added on
03 Jul 2019 12:20 pm by Archer

Average value

€ 89.28

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120 × member ratings

305 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Redbreast 15-year-old

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.23 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Probably the most versatile bottling in the Redbreast range. I already had batches in which the adhesive note was so intense that you could have typed blindly and "without guilty hesitation" on a bourbon. Then again there were bottlings, with the emphasis on dark and overripe berry notes.
    This one is a chameleon, offers a little bit of everything, even a hint of tropical fruits, which you can only find in colleagues who have matured for 21 years and longer. Highly recommended!
    • Nose
      90 90
      A mix of fresh blackberries and blueberries on the one hand and dried plums on the other, overripe grapes and raisins. A wonderful spice note that at first cannot be broken apart. Initially furniture polish or an adhesive note that may be reminiscent of bourbon. But that goes away. Tobacco, leather, almonds, dark chocolate, milk coffee. Now clove powder, bay leaves, nutmeg. Hazelnut crumbs.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Creamy and viscous, with sweet blackberry jam, wild berries, black cherries, plums. Fruit-stressed - and you can already guess the tropical fruits as they will appear on the 21yo! This was not the case with previous editions of the 15yo. Mild spice - and slowly a little melon actually creeps forward. Dry wood, malt, sugar beet syrup, caramel.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium to long, chocolatey, (almost fresh) fruity. Coffee beans and caramel pudding, cinnamon & coriander, marzipan.

  2. Archer scored this whisky 90 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 ...

  3. elchingy scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    After several inconclusive tastings spread over 6 months I decided to give it one last chance to brighten up this sad forced confinement ...
    Well, I have to say that the more I drink it, the more I wonder where the heck went the know-how and quality that characterized the old version. The Redbreasts are on the downward slope and this is a big mess.
    No complexity, even the 46 degrees can not hide the shortcomings of this product which is very (too) marked by bourbon and which leaves no space for the fruitiness typical of Redbreast of yesteryear.
    Only point that saves appearances: alcohol is well integrated.
    • Nose
      75 75
      Vanilla, new invasive wood, macro currant (looking carefully ...)
    • Taste
      82 82
      Thin body, Vanilla, caramel, hazelnuts, a light dash of red fruits
    • Finish
      82 82
      Long, buttered new wood, toffee and a discreet hint of orange (juice)

  4. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Certainly not a bad redbreast. However, if I want more elegance and depth, I prefer the 21er. If I want more strength, then the 12er CS is my choice. So the 15 is not as interesting for me as the other two colleagues.

  5. TsiAI scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Room temperature when drinking: 17 ℃

    Viewing Eyes: golden yellow

    Smell Nose: At first it was fresh walnuts, green apples, pears, yeast dough, aloe yogurt. In the middle, the milky aroma of figs appears, similar to that of Atixian's fig perfume, with a large white rabbit toffee and daisies. It is amazing, with the lemon scent of mountain pepper and the scent of fresh pepper, the layers are clear and varied.

    Taste Palate: a little water, maybe just drink 12CS. Low sweetness, white rabbit toffee, milk flakes, fresh milk, apple pie, banana cake, butter shortening, cinnamon cardamom and other wooden spices

    Finishing Finish: Medium, pepper, tap water, Malan head, unsweetened fruit, and a hint of crispy corner ==

    Body: Medium, medium-fat, thick, with tannin, less bitter base

    Nose: 88/100

    Palate: 87/100

    Finish: 86/100

    Body: 87/100

    Overall: 87/100

    Overall: It smells good, but it doesn't appeal to me enough.

  6. whisky313 did not rate this whisky Specialist

    New packaging will be available in July 2019

    Made from a mash of malted and unmalted barley and then triple distilled in copper pot stills, Redbreast 15 is comprised exclusively of Pot Still whiskeys matured in the finest oak casks for no less than 15 years. A careful balance of first fill and refill casks accentuates the assorted spices within Redbreast’s characteristic full and complex flavour.

  7. LordBellamy scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    with water: no big change, I would leave the water out

    Conclusion: a bit nervous in the nose due to the peppery note, all the more relaxed in the mouth and in the finish, nice drinking whiskey
    • Nose
      83 83
      Vanilla, lots of spices, nice Potswtil character, the sherry barrels hardly come through, rosemary, a subtle hint of glue, some tropical fruits (passion fruit, mango, mandarine) and strong white pepper
    • Taste
      86 86
      surprisingly light after the peppery nose, nice honey sweetness, fruity, subtle sherrynoen and a little nut
    • Finish
      86 86
      medium length, honey, light sherry, fruity and floral notes, wood spices such as rosemary and nutmeg

  8. Expraesi scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. nok scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    complex, nice balance, well rounded, spicy, very honey-like, fruity tabacco - sherry influence. Very well shaped. It can be for someone a bit boring. Light body, like 12y, but more complex.


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