Redbreast 15-year-old

Overall rating
86.32/100
votes
255
Whiskybase ID
WB134080
Category
Single Pot Still
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Triple Distilled And Matured
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Butts, Bourbon Barrels
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Label
Rebranding 2019
Bottle code
L918231403
Barcode
5011007019518
Added on
03 jul 2019 12:20 pm by Archer
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 87.60

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Whisky reviews for Redbreast 15-year-old

30 users have left 32 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.32 points.

  1. DenverbroncosDuke scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Classic Irish but only with the Irish advantages without the typical disadvantages
    • Nose
      90 90
      Dried apricot, strong vanilla pod
    • Taste
      87 87
      Honey, butter, great yellow fruits
    • Finish
      85 85
      Slightly acidic, medium length, slightly bitter

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  3. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. Obynapewno scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      meadow and forest, flowers, blackberries, wood, wood varnish, sawdust, vanilla, honey, chocolate, raisins
    • Taste
      87 87
      fresh, sweet, plum and chocolate jam, blackberries, dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, honey, latte, wood, resin, a bit of tobacco
    • Finish
      84 84
      medium, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, wood

  5. 3_243F6 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Far too much wood, but okay.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Shortbread, wet wood, almonds, vanilla, milk chocolate, a little honey, and hints of fruit. Too much wood.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Too much vanilla, but some fresh juicy fruits show themselves... as well as the wood.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Astringent - cardboard, wood, vanilla, some spice. Very subtle fruits, but this grows slightly. Reminds me of over-oaked grain whiskey.

  6. Finn2206 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nice Irish whiskey, representative for a groqing category.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Red fruit, vanilla, honey
    • Taste
      86 86
      Creamy mouthfeel, red berries, honey, cereal
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium-long fruity finish

  7. LeChiffre scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. NXI scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    This whiskey has a very different profile from the rest of the range. A profile that is also quite woody and definitely not to my taste.

  9. gaboruso scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. Goethe scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Another great 15-year-old Readbreast (2019). Even more berries compared to older versions.
    Concerning price/performance ratio: 9/10
    • Nose
      Sweet fruity sherry. Berries (gooseberry, blackberry most of the time), ripe apples, caramel, raisins, roasted almonds.
    • Taste
      Sweet fruity sherry again. Berries cooked and stewed. Some leather way in the back.
    • Finish
      Medium. Red and dark fruit gums. Some vegetables in the back.

  11. whisky666 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  12. WhiskeyfanRoy scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    I thought this would be an upgraded version of 12yo, but it's actually another way of saying it. It adds some berry tartness and spice spiciness, and boosts the alcohol for a fuller, fuller flavor, and it's all about invigorating.

    12yo and 15yo happen to be as expressed by their respective patterns,
    12yo is a very cute and mellow Redbreast standing quietly.
    15yo is a Redbreast full of strength and self-confidence who is flying with strong wings.

    This bottle actually stands out and is definitely an excellent whiskey.
    The stronger scent and the longer finish give him a more distinct personality, a great piece.

    [2022.2.6] While the remaining liquid of 12yo gradually loses its fragrance, this bottle of 15yo still retains its strong fragrance. It seems that 12yo must be consumed as soon as possible within 2 months of opening the bottle, but 15yo apparently has no such troubles. 46%abv perfected its duty to guard this good taste.

    The taste score is 90 points, and the price does not affect the score.
    • Nose
      The experience here was more than 12yo and it was very nice.
      Start with sweet and sour berries, Brie cheese, freshly baked bread, vanilla, oak, and some spicy pepper, honey.
      The way of expression is obviously different from 12yo, and the stimulation of alcohol is slightly highlighted, but this does not affect its beauty.
    • Taste
      The 46% ABV allows it to express more intense aromas of cheese, honey and barley, and a touch of spiciness in the complex aroma, perhaps this is the characteristic of pot still.
      The smell of oak is almost gone, replaced by sweet vanilla, caramel, etc. The overall taste is very strong, but it also brings some alcohol stimulation and pepper-like spiciness. It is not as light and smooth as 12yo. .
    • Finish
      The finish is sweet cream, fruit, honey, and more pepper than before, and it's long and rich enough to leave you wanting.

  13. abcmeuric did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    N : Rather light. Meringue, bitter orange, licorice. Touch of timut pepper and cinnamon. Chlorine too. With time I get more bitter cocoa notes, but it's overall still shy. Blind, I'd guess this is under 10 years old.
    M : All-in on bitter oranges. A light maltiness. Pikes of alcohol. Medium texture.
    F : Strong, short and bitter.

    What I can tell from the other reviews, both from this one and the 12-year-old cask strength which also disappointed me, is that the batches are very inconsistent. This was a rather light and very bitter tasting. It reminds some weaker Waterford, but at least they are 3 years old. 3/10

  14. Ficelli scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  15. uap304 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Soft, gentle, mellow, even refreshing at times but with a pepper quality that pervades the taste and finish. I’m thankful to have tried and enjoyed this as it is the definitive Irish single pot still whiskey. A total education.
    • Nose
      All of the apples! Sour Granny Smith, hot apple cider, cinnamon apples, caramel-covered apples, even Jolly Rancher green apple flavor! Also, vanilla.
    • Taste
      Full and rich. Initially softly spiced, then becoming more peppery. Honey, green fruits, and a faint butter note.
    • Finish
      Aromatic oak, becoming sharp, peppery, and spicy! Fig Newtons, dark chocolate. Water and more time in the glass both seem to accentuate the spiciness and bitterness.

  16. 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

  17. Sporx scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Aroma
    Spicy, sweet, caramel, honey, plum Mixture of fresh blackberries and blueberries on the one hand and dried plums, raisins.

    taste
    Creamy, spicy, vanilla, little fruit, berries, honey, cherry

    finish
    Marriage long, spicy, sweet, nutty, chocolate

  18. Expraesi scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  19. 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.

  20. craide scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The spices and the slightly peppery aromas with the many exotic fruits go well together. The pot-still character comes through very nicely and doesn't look too barrel-heavy.
    Basically everything I like about a pot still whiskey.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The beginning in the nose is somehow slightly scratchy, but at the same time soft and gentle. That alternates nicely. But it is not really restless or out of round but a bit strong and rough. In addition, with a little time in the glass, I still have some spices such as nutmeg, rosemary, pepper and maybe some aniseed. A lot of fruit and sweetness are noticeable. Mainly exotic fruits are included. Peach, pineapple, mango and overripe banana. A little honey sweetness with vanilla / toffee emerge. Alcohol seems to be well integrated although I feel a slight sting every now and then.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Nice, slightly peppery heat with a good portion of spice. Doesn't have an alcoholic effect, but I guess it has a higher alcohol content because of the spice and sharpness. In addition, there are again the exotic fruit notes. The sweetness of honey and vanilla are also still slightly noticeable. Again, spicy wood notes emerge. The spices are also discreetly there. Slightly metallic at the back.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium-long finish, spicy and sweet, again slightly metallic, some chocolate with mango,

  21. AnnEm scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful. A round thing. Aromatic, with a varied fruit spectrum and a fine, tart side, plus spicy and warming with a great full mouthfeel.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The first thing I notice is a note of bourbon glue. The Oloroso gets away with plenty of air (dried fruits, nuts). Nice wine fruity impression. First of all, berry fruits. New oak that has just been coated with a thin layer of varnish. Fresh branches. Brioche. Barley malt spread. In the second nose I have all kinds of candied fruits, also almost a waxy impression. Very fine leather, vanilla and a nice flavor.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Full-bodied, malty, it lines the entire mouth. Perfect strength. Dates and prunes. Nice tart sherry wineiness and just a great aromatic flavor. I also find it a bit flowery.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Fruity wine tart. Becomes chocolatey with roasted hazelnuts, with mango. Nice warming spiciness (turmeric, allspice). Tasty caramel finish from oak. Creamy and dry.

  22. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  23. katarn_rb scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Always happy in the glass
    • Nose
      86 86
      Creamy and spicy, bourbon notes, apricots and yellow raisins
    • Taste
      88 88
      Spicy, nutty, dry and fruit yogurt
    • Finish
      86 86
      Spicy, ginger

  24. sarthur71 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
      fresh, slightly alcoholic; ripe plum, raisins, roasted nuts. 85
    • Taste
      81 81
      simple, sour-bitter, distinctly tannic and even with moonshine notes. 81
    • Finish
      82 82
      short, warm, woody oak. 82

  25. Dogs2 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  26. Squinugie scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  27. 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.

  28. 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)

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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.

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