Redbreast 21-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Pot Still
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
21 years old
Oloroso Sherry Casks + Bourbon Barrels
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Rebranding 2019
Bottle code
Added on
03 Jul 2019 1:20 pm by Archer

Average value

€ 201.17

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Whisky Reviews for Redbreast 21-year-old

36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.08 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Always a real pleasure to have the 21yo in the glass. Over the years that it has been on the market, the tropical fruits have shifted from nose to tongue, which can be mourned a bit. But this did not create a “gap” in the nose, so that the oldest (standard) robin, aged 21, can still be offered a home with a clear conscience.
    After the solo tasting, a quick comparison with a 21yo from 2016: there's not really much going on. I feel the current 21yo is a bit creamier and denser, the aroma selection is congruent, but in the current version it seems a bit more accentuated.
    2016: 90/100
    2019: 91/100
    • Nose
      91 91
      He greets the nose with sherry-saturated figs and plums. The smell of an old leather bag. Musk. The moment you wonder where, please, the spices stay, they start to appear: cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, cloves, marjoram, nutmeg, ginger. The nose builds up gently, still expanding the aroma spectrum by one more nuance, always finding a connection with the aromas that have already come to light. Raisins are now added to the figs and plums. Dark chocolate flakes, coffee beans, some furniture polish.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Creamy, syrupy texture. Still looks lighter on the tongue than on the nose, because now the missing tropical fruits appear in the nose: mango, papaya, passion fruit, peach, banana, dragonfruit. This garnished with the pot still spices, which show on the tongue with the same intensity as in the nose, makes the 21yo. Peach and mango stand out now, a delicious mango chutney is formed. Jaffakekse. A little bit of wood; not too much. Takes a little creaminess. Leather, tobacco notes. Warm milk coffee.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, still creamy, an echo of the tropical fruits. Ginger, dried plums, dark chocolate - and then the fruits turn up again, they had already been written off.

  2. whiskydramo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Toast with honey, unripe mango, loquat, sugar apple with a touch of starfruits and yellow plum, but unfortunately it smelled a bit mentholated. Sweet wood, hay, some light spices, vanilla and pomelo peel. Cantaloupe became obvious after breathing in the glass for 30+ min.
    • Taste
      Loquat, starfruit and sugar apple. The flavour didn't last long on the palate, the sweetness dropped and pomelo peel became obvious with a hint of citrus peel bitterness. Light spices were lingering in the background at the same time with the taste of burnt sweet wood.
    • Finish
      Passion fruits was prominent to begin with, some guava, followed by over-burnt vanilla that came with woody bitterness. A dash of green pickles.

  3. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Strong candidate without weaknesses and with an excellent nose, if you give him time and calm. The robin will now end up in the glass more often, even at the price level (nowadays) justified. Despite the aroma composition suitable for the masses, no beginner paints imho.
    Cl a pleasure for Cl!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Wow! Takes a little time to develop. Panning is harmful! When he calms down, the full depth comes.
      The sweetness is reminiscent of some older good bourbons, caramel, pastries. This is followed by intense fruits, plum cake. Some milk chocolate, berries, pudding, raspberry soft cake. Then hides some spices, barrel maturation can be seen. Not a trace of alcohol. What bothers me ... nothing!
      I'm already a little in love.
      After the first sip, it is a bit spicier with a distinct coffee note - on the nutty side.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Berries and vanilla on the nose before you swallow, followed by chocolate with a medium cocoa content, a little pepper is also included. Not as cute as the nose anymore. Spice, fruit and sweetness in a nice balance. Alcohol now also recognizable in contrast to the nose. Everything is confirmed with the second sip. Now also hazelnut flavors. I find it very "enjoyable"
    • Finish
      89 89
      It gets spicier. Intense reverberation, fruits fade away, the oak now predominates. Coffee, a rather dark roasted Sicilian espresso with sugar, washes down the berry cake. Or muffins? Vanilla flashes through again. This becomes more subtle in the second sip. But a few more fruits. Long, but not too long and not too bitter at all for 21 years.

  4. Bowmore Axel scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very fine, ripe whiskey for the discerning customer
    but also ideal for beginners.
    Calming and soft. As a nightcap.
    Very good development in the opened bottle.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Dry sherry, pastries, very light menthol, slightly like glucose, spices, after a long time tobacco is added or after a cigar box
    • Taste
      92 92
      Delicate sweetness, spices, wood aromas, very nice and fruity. Especially slightly bitter grapefruit.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Nice wood aromas, bitter-sweet, mineral with coffee aromas

  5. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Color: Light Copper

    Nose: The label itself has succinct tasting notes: "The intrigue of tropical fruit and wild berries with soft vanilla and a sherry nuttiness." I think I've found this only a few times, but I have to say this is not bad! I'm sure I'd write much more to get there, but this is the crux of what you're getting. And it is truly a great nose, everything is in such wonderful balance. So while I've had Irish whiskies (single malts, not pot stills) that are just as fruity, and skewing tropical, that usually has been the predominant note. Indeed, some of those famed single malts from the late-'80s and early-'90s can be a bit monomaniacal. Some even bring a slightly unpleasant acetone smell. Nothing like that here. The fruits are beautiful and lush, but they're always accompanied by a pleasant vanilla. You imagine some of that vanilla is coming from active bourbon casks, and good ones at that. But the sherry has its say, as well. Beyond what's been listed thus far, I'd also add there's a minor metallic edge to the nose, which I almost always enjoy. Here is no exception. Water brings out a bit more sherry spice. Just an overall impressive nose due presumably to a quality spirit, good casks, and time.

    Taste: Juicy! Wow, perhaps the closest a whisk(e)y has ever come to approximating actual fruit juice for me. The 46% strength is just about bang-on, too. I'm not sure keeping it at cask strength would do much more for this given the profile. You don't want this too thin, but it's also not particularly meant to be gloppy (and I sometimes love that), in my opinion. While the nose really did a tremendous job combining tropical fruits and berries along with all sort of other, subtle accents, here it's the tropical fruits carrying the day. And that's fine. I don't rejoice over pure fruit bombs the way many commentators do, but when it's done this well and the nose offers that extra something, I can't do anything but conclude this is a huge success. I don't find water do much at this stage.

    Finish: The fruitiness lingers for a decently long time. Clean and refreshing, no bitterness whatsoever.

    Comments: Terrific. This is the sort of bottling that keeps me enthusiastic about whisk(e)y when there are increasingly so many reasons to lose interest. There aren't many a) official bottlings, b) in the core range, c) that present this level of quality, and d) aren't outrageously priced. While it would be nice if you didn't have to pay close to $200 for a bottle of this, there so many who charge much more exorbitant prices now. And this is truly widely-available. You're not waiting for it to drop at the retailers only to find it's sold out a few minutes later. When you combine all that with the uniquely Irish style, it's a benchmark and one that every serious collector should have in their stash at least once.

  6. pianoman scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Full, very fruity. Ripe mango, passion fruit, vanilla, coconut milk. Nectarines, mandarins, almonds, blossom honey. White chocolate. Fresh sawdust. A touch of mint.
    • Taste
      Creamy, sweet, slightly spicy. Vanilla yogurt. Juicy peaches and apricots. Dark chocolate and a hint of red pepper. Mango. Orange. Light grapes, walnuts, some leather.

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Honey & cereal goodness, quite light but a very nice whiskey.
    Not the cheapest 21 year but for something different it works well as a quality sipper.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. LDB scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Extremely well done with loads of tropical fruit flavours. Still balanced and gentlemanlike.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. JeanChan scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. TsiAI scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Room temperature when drinking: 17 ℃

    Viewing Eyes: golden yellow

    Smell Nose: The first thing to get into the nose is toffee. Then the rich floral fragrance came out, the fat powder of the plum, violet and iris, restrained white flowers. Then comes the sweet and sour fresh berries, red berries, sand tangerines, ripe apricot flesh, but the sugar is more restrained. Solid oak, yeast dough finally appeared, accompanied by freshly picked figs, its unique sweetness and frankincense reminded me of those charming fig perfumes.

    Taste Palate: There is nothing to say. The first stage is mint, spearmint, perilla, and lavender. The second paragraph is honey pomelo, grapefruit, citrus, rosy grape, black currant juice. The third stage is the walnut pie, vanilla cheesecake, baking oak and fallen leaves. Nuts and figs are embedded in the dark European buns, white powdered sugar, the surface is cut with cracks, and the roasted aroma splashes out. Floral, fruity, milky and woody.

    Finishing Finish: Long, Peach Mousse, Lychee Lollipop, Wang Zi Milk, Low Sugar Version 85 ° C Coconut Milk Fang

    The body of the wine: oily oily, medium-bodied, and complements the palate,

    Nose: 91/100

    Palate: 92/100

    Finish: 88/100

    Body: 90/100

    Overall: 91/100

    Overall: Palate has this kind of performance, and the aftertaste wine body doesn't matter. I wrote at most one-tenth of it. You will know it by trying it yourself.


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