Redbreast 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Pot Still
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
24 Jul 2019 9:19 pm by gq10555

Average value

€ 49.00

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32 × member ratings

119 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Redbreast 12-year-old

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.83 points

  1. 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.

  2. Merl scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      83 83

  3. AegeanC scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    This is an oily, chewy and enjoyable whiskey.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Barley, sesame, rye, floral, yet a bit too subtle I would say. Added a few drops of water, there came sawdust, and berries.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Waxy, mouth-coating, very good. Lot of milk chocolate, sourdough rye bread, dried yeast tablet, mint.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Long, chest-warming in a very gentle way, espresso, hint of smokey BBQ sauce.

  4. Highlander65 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet scent with hints of caramel, marzipan, sherry and biscuit
    • Taste
      On the palate it is sweet (but not too much) and tastes of caramel and vanilla, thick and oily
    • Finish
      Long and sweet finish

  5. wisekycourse scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    fairly sweet nose on ripe red fruit and malt, fruity brandy, some sweet spices.
    the mouth allows you to appreciate the Irish work with fruity and malty sweetness, slightly stronger spices, dry oak and a return of fruit on the blackcurrant, not just because we heard it, but well by the scents that emanate from the glass, it's really amazing.
    the finish is on the same scent, a little monolithic and lacks a bit of pep, of alcoholic degree; danger, refill a glass of it right after.

  6. LordTim scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Nice beautiful sherry, with fresh fruit. Ideally this is from combined casks but blended harmoniously. Very smooth with signature Irish style. A bit more expensive than most 12 year standard version but worth the value.

  7. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A solid whiskey, which can offer something and is not too boring. However, I do not need a big bottle of it. If I had the choice between the 12yo CS and the 12yo, I would clearly prefer the cask strength.


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