Redbreast Lustau Edition

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Pot Still
Distillery Bottling
Bourbon Cask & 1st Fill Oloroso Sherry Finish
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Rebranding 2019
Bottle code
Added on
03 jul 2019 1:27 pm by Archer

Average value

€ 65.53

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Whisky reviews for Redbreast Lustau Edition

11 users have left 12 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.14 points.

  1. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Unlike the 12yo, which takes a certain amount of time to develop, the Redbreast Lustau starts right in the nose and on the tongue. That he shoots his powder too quickly would be too harsh a judgment. But out the back and especially in the finish it turns out that a little household would not have been inappropriate.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Baked plums, raisins and dried apricots are in the glass immediately after pouring. Toasted wood, mild liquorice pastilles, ginger, marjoram, savory, nutmeg, pepper, some lovage. A furniture polish lurks in the background, but luckily there is no way around the fruits and spices.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The 6 volume percent more compared to the 12yo are clearly noticeable in a stronger mouthfeel. Not as creamy and silky as the 12yo. Dried plums, figs and apricots, almond chocolate, marzipan bread. Spreads its aromas generously, right from the start. Liquorice, ginger cookies, cocoa butter, toffee, cold coffee grounds.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Becomes increasingly dry and goes on the spicy side. The liquorice notes are now clearly pronounced, a little menthol is added. Blackberry jam, charred wood shavings.

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  3. glen efze scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Redbreast Lustau Edition is unaged but appears to be uncolored (according to Irish Distillers) and unchill filtered. Lustau is a premium bodega in the heart of Jerez that the Midleton Distillery works with to season the casks. This should result in a particularly sherry-toned redbreast.

    Redbreast is a single potstill whiskey, so it's not just made with malted barley and is traditionally distilled three times on potstills at Midelton Distillery. This leads to mild, fruity whiskeys.
    • Nose
      The beautiful fruity aromas with ripe Mirabelle plums and a hint of cinnamon come straight to the nose. Despite the lack of age information, there are no immature or rough tones to be found in the nosing. The alcohol gives some cooling freshness and the oak is noticeable but not bitter. It's a nice, sweet aroma that has some depth based on the woody notes.
    • Taste
      In the taste comes the typical Irish pot still character with the fruity-spicy mixture of aromas. But the Lustau Edition is very sweet, syrup of yellow plums and light honey. The alcohol is 46% vol. good and gives strength to the whiskey. The fruits are lighter in taste than in smell and counteract the sweetness with little acidity or tart notes. The whiskey is very sweet and sugary, which gives it a somewhat superficial character, but also makes it very drinkable.
    • Finish
      There are a few oak notes in the aftertaste, but they remain subtle. The sherry is also not remarkable. The nutty wood notes could be a bit stronger, that would increase the complexity.

      This is sweet whiskey to finish off afternoon teatime. It's a bit too powdery sweet for me, which drowns out the beautiful fruity-spicy pot still notes, which are a bit too short. The counterpoint to the sweetness is missing. All in all, it is a very good whiskey that would certainly have benefited from a few more years. It lacks complexity and depth, and it cannot meet the expectations from the nosing due to the dominating sweetness.

  4. McMoulis scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  5. 88bamboo did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    This reminds me of everything that I love in signature style of Redbreast, with extra sweetness and creaminess that makes it even more enjoyable.

    Many fans of Irish whiskey would be familiar with Redbreast 12 or even the Redbreast 12 Cask Strength. They would notice that the Lusteau is noticeably sweeter, more crisp and more estery in its aroma. The Oloroso finishing adds a component of rich and luscious red fruits that really stepped up the game and made this very tasty and unforgettable.

    This Redbreast is another liquid dessert that is sweet, rich, satisfyingly heavy bodied and effortless to drink.

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    • Nose
      In the glass, the whiskey is a bright amber colour.

      On the nose, this is bright, rich and estery. This leads with substantial vanilla with toasted almonds that grow in intensity. Taking centre stage are waves of honey, caramel and vanilla custard accompanied by an equal part of bright estery fruits- Saturn peaches and pineapples. There is a minor part of raisins and sultanas. Remarkably clean, fresh, bright and aromatic.

      The spirit is relatively crisp and honeyed, but there is also small touch of dark oakiness and chocolately notes; this takes some repeated nosing. Adding several drops of water coaxed these aromas out.
    • Taste
      On the palate, refreshingly crisp, sweet and velvety in texture. Taking a sip, the opening flavours are sweet, bright and estery in a distinctively Irish whiskey way that makes the flavours permeate your olfactory canal. A heap of vanilla shortbread and lashings of honey and butter, supported by rich and luscious raisins, sultanas and cherries that come through more distinctively in the palate. Interestingly, the sweet dark fruits are dominant on the palate but there is no dryness that usually follow. None of that red winey-leathery texture. Instead, we have sweet dark fruits supported by a creamy and velvety texture. The combination of the luscious dark fruits and honey reminds me of a raisin-topped sticky kouign amann.

      Great balance with a rich body and velvety texture.

      I really like the marriage of equals between the clean and sweet vanilla flavours on one hand and sweet sherry notes on the other.

      The remarkable difference in the Lusteau is really that there is no dryness or leatheriness that generally accompany sherried whiskies.
    • Finish
      The finish is long with the enduring sweetness of vanilla, raisins and pineapples. As the more lively notes subside, you start to detect light spices of cinnamon and ginger prickliness. There is also just a touch of bitter hoppiness you would get from a lager beer, that linger a little while on your tongue.

  6. Kraddell scored this whisky 77 points Expert Junior

    Pours a bit darker gold. Scent is rough (in a nice way ! ) woody, loads of oak, syrupy almost. The intense, robust and chewy side of the oak barrel. This is like visiting a bodega. impressive how they got it in the whiskey so well. Taste is full, fairly thick. Rich nuttyness from the sherry. Juicy, almost. Strong woody notes. Mild vanilla. Even a bit of cracker (malt) & saltyness (sherry minerality) left . Pretty damn good!

  7. nok scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    In compare with 12y its more licourice, spicy, sweet and fragrant. Its more interesting, less boring, dram to go in flight degustation. Oloroso sherry influence, red fruit, dry... just delicious

  8. Dogs2 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  9. Dris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Chicagoexpat did not rate this whisky Expert Senior


  11. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Certainly all right. He got sherry. However, due to its youthfulness, it also offers too little depth and the sherry is not ideally integrated for me. I clearly prefer the 12yo CS and maybe even the normal 12er.

  12. Archer scored this whisky 87 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 ...

  13. whisky313 did not rate this whisky Specialist

    New packaging will be available in July 2019

    A unique collaboration between the Bodegas Lustau and the Midleton Distillery, Redbreast Lustau Edition is made from a mash of malted and unmalted barley and then triple distilled in copper pot stills. Having spent its final maturation journey in casks seasoned with the finest Oloroso Sherry in the Bodegas Lustau, the result is the ultimate sherried style of Redbreast.


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