Redbreast 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Pot Still
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Stated Age
12 years old
Bourbon and Sherry Casks
Batch B2/19
55.8 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Rebranding 2019
Bottle code
Added on
20 Sep 2019 8:34 pm by Archer
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 95.52

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Whisky Reviews for Redbreast 12-year-old

29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.04 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Like the current 15yo, the current batch of the 12 CS shows surprisingly tropical fruits - where there were never any before. I refilled twice, I couldn't believe it. And yet .... Like the 15yo, this is also very good for the 12 CS! A little 21yo feeling in barrel strength, why not?
    • Nose
      91 91
      At first glance it looks "lighter" and fruity than its predecessors ... Yes, indeed. There are raisins and other dried fruits, but there is also fresh peach, lemon, grapefruit. The fresh fruits have never been found in a 12 CS. Mild spice and herb mix with white pepper, clove powder, some anise, lavender.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Clearly chocolate and toffee at the beginning. Strong start with perfectly integrated alcohol. On the tongue, too, the impression prevails that it is dealing with fresh (tropical) fruits. A little leather and raisins, yes, but first violin play melon, peach, apricot, lemon. It looks lighter and airier (not thinner!) Than the previous batches. Caramel candy and still toffee. Increasingly spicy with nutmeg, clove powder, juniper berries, cardamom.
    • Finish
      90 90
      You have something from him for a long time. If it does not become too dry, the tropical fruits have a good effect and after-effects, but in the end, a good portion of seasoning hits the tongue.

  2. redlightsflash89 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    I always liked the 12 year old, one of my faves at the local pub to be honest. But this beats it by a landslide. The texture is great and everything is really well integrated. One of my favorite Irish Whiskeys ever.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The nose starts very fruity. Tropical fruits like pineapples, and passion fruit dominate at first also lemons and a little bit of pepper and a bit of grass.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Oh wow. This is terrific. The tropical fruits are still very dominant but they are joined by pepperish taste, alcohol and vanilla.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The finish is long and very tasty. You can clearly taste the oak and vanilla and the tropical fruits go to the back. Also lovely sherry taste. Dark berries and dark chocolate and cocoa.

  3. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The new illustrations of the entire Redbreast range reissue in 2019 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 ...

  4. domani scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very soft and fruity, especially light fruits, I wouldn't call it tropical, but it's too spicy for me. The seasoning component is very consistent and rounded off with an earthy sweetness. A great whiskey - 08/08/2020
    • Nose
      86 86
      Mild and soft, wine gum, vanilla sauce, light fruits, green apple, mango, peach, lemon, litchi, malt, chocolate, nougat praline, white pepper, lavender, with time in the glass it becomes malty, spicy, stomach bread
    • Taste
      87 87
      At first very mild despite the alcohol strength, dryness sets in immediately, the spiciness sets in after long seconds, pepperoncino oil, very spicy, stomach bread and pumpernickel are replaced directly by chocolate and nougat, here too the seamless transition from spicy to sweet, to in the end it becomes waxy and ethereal, lavender, juniper
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium length

  5. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Bubble gum, cocoa, dark fruits, light toffee, rum. Not very complex and less fruity compare to previous batch, but more towards 'darker' flavors.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Raisins, chocolate, some oakiness. A bit thin bodied.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Medium short, with some raisin sweetness and dark chocolate

  6. Svjatogor scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    n: light, dried herbs, raisins, fruit, green apples, grass
    t: warm and light, fruit, sweet
    a: new wood, vanilla, nuts, sweet, green apples

  7. McMoulis scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  8. abcmeuric did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    I remember tasting a Tullamore Dew years ago, but I'd call this my first proper irish whiskey experience.

    N : light cereals and tropical fruits on first nose, a bit shy. It opens up nicely after some times on fragrant cereals and flowers (strangely reminding me the good side of cheap bourbons) and lots of mixed fresh fruits. It smells yummy but nothing sweet. A kind of sugar-free pastry. My girlfriend just told me "it smells like a hug". I'm not sure what to do with this.

    M : Well I can't believe this is 55,8%. Blind I would've guess around 46 ? Because it's really soft, it lacks a bit of body but there's a little spicy tingling that goes with higher abv. Anyway, very gentle just like the nose and definitely not mind blowing. A touch of white pepper to enhance the profile and that's it.
    F : A rather short fruity muesly, lightly lingering on dry herbs or hay and a slight chili slapback.

    I'm left really disappointed with this. It's definitely nice, but it feels like a great mid-range bottle and not something you'd pay nearly 100€ for, just like in my regular shops. I have nice coffee notes from the empty glass which make me hope it gets better and richer with time. 6/10

  9. A0525 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. 11insomnium scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    The complexity is missing a bit, but still with a nice, round fruitiness.
    • Nose
      Sweet of vanilla, aromatic with pleasant fruitiness, mild and slightly flowery, malty
    • Taste
      Distinct sweetness, spicy oak, strong but without sharpness, beautiful floral fruit notes
    • Finish
      Fine dryness with persistent sweetness and flavor


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