Redbreast 12-year-old

Overall rating
87.97/100
votes
280
Whiskybase ID
WB139113
Category
Single Pot Still
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Bottled
07.08.2019
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Bourbon and Sherry Casks
Casknumber
Batch B2/19
Strength
55.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Label
Rebranding 2019
Bottle code
L921931501
Barcode
5011007024222
Market
Ireland Ireland
Added on
20 sep 2019 8:34 pm by Archer
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 98.29

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Whisky reviews for Redbreast 12-year-old

64 users have left 67 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.97 points.

  1. McKapran scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. sludgehex scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    liquid fruit cake, a taste of sweet home, magnificent whiskey.
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  3. JoshNRW scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Wow, that is a qualitatively super good whiskey and for less than 100 euros still an absolute snapper if you like this - not everyday - taste profile.
    • Nose
      90 90
      90.5
      Wow, what a lush and intense nose and at the same time such a clean and at the same time not boring distillate. This is the Irish Springbank 12 CS.

      A full fruit basket of overripe and not quite light aromas. In addition, voluminous notes of soft leather, fermented grapes and softened wood.

      It opens up with water, gets a little wider but still has that special touch.
    • Taste
      89 89
      On the palate it can't quite keep up with the intensity and is more Irish again.
      Still very clean, the alcohol strong and the notes of fermented fruit and wood.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The mouthfeel is full, waxy and remains almost long and light fruity. Not thin even with water.

  4. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 87 points Super Administrator

    Quick hit review.

    I reviewed batch B1/21 earlier, so let's revisit this Irish classic. Hints of pears, cinnamon and vanilla are first to arrive on the nose, rounded off by raisins, heather honey and floral notes. On the palate, herbal and spicy flavors dominate the main event, enriched by crisp apples, toffee and drying oak. Fresh and peppery, the finish fades with ginger, nutmeg and bitter chocolate. I can only reiterate my previous rating, this is good stuff.

    RATING: 4.0/5.0 stars ≙ 87 pts → FIRST-CLASS

  5. Drum scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I liked it very much, I had to add some water because it was too strong for me on its own. Compared to Batch 1/18, however, it fell slightly. With the 1/18 I still had woody tobacco notes, I found this one "lighter" in its aromas and I was missing something.
    • Nose
      Sweet pastries with notes of sherry. An ancient memory of Salzburg dumplings popped up, along with marzipan and rum raisins.
    • Taste
      Marzipan, sherry or other sweet wines with a maltiness and light fruits like pears. The mouthfeel is dry and astringent.
    • Finish
      Again sweet pastries, a little menthol, dry and very warm. In the mouth a clear tingling which turns into an oiliness and later into a butteriness like shortcrust pastry, and that for quite a long time.

  6. Gregorsky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  7. tancerz11111 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  8. cloudyweedram scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    I like the 15 Yo (circa 2019) very much so really wanted to see if this 12 Yo CS could come up with it...

    ...It is very orange and juicy, all very good. But I'm afraid I like the 15 Yo so much more.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Same distinctive, signature rye-like spiciness. There're skinned white grapes and star fruits and some brown sugar. Followed by bergamot essential oils and fillings of Cadbury Crunchie bar. The aroma then fell back to a battle between multigrain old dough baguette and juicy sweet tangerine. Over time there's a whiff of roasted sesame too. Water opened up some chewing gum, some orange flavoured cream (filler of pre-packed buns), some oak, and made the entire profile more fragrant.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Very juicily orange-y, like Tang orange powder! The mouthfeel wasn't dry despite the relatively high ABV.
      It turned to a Rosé with water, and didn't seems swim very well. While the Rosé soothed the mouth, the aftertaste became apparently more woody, so it seems more like a disintegration then a dilution. This could be typical but inevitably it seems a little too much too obvious.
    • Finish
      81 81
      The finish resembles dark chocolate orange peel. It also left a little oily, grassy mouthfeel, and a little black tea. Which are all good. But it doesn't have any of the remarkable, lusting, long lasting dark fruit aftertaste that the 15 Yo has.

  9. Killswitch scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. glenrob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  11. gaboruso scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  12. DrulyaSipper scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    I thought it would be a huge step up after regular 12... But I was a bit disappointed
    Sweet, oily, some fruits and that's it.
    Maybe I should stop exploring Irish whiskey and have a break
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  13. Killswitch scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  14. SherryPeathead scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  15. Wolfgang_Z scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  16. Saftkenner scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Great batch with very nice, fresh-tropical fruit aromas. With a few individual drops of water, it really opens up and then great fun in the nose.
    On the palate it is even more impressive without dilution.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Very full and fruity. Well integrated alcohol.
      Apples, pears, mango, papaya, vanilla, cherry, persipan, dried apricots, juicy green leaves, white pepper, fine oak spice.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Fruit salad. Strong, only slightly spicy, slightly oily, slightly dry.
      Light grapes, papaya, sultanas, mango liqueur, light tannins, caramel.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium finish. papaya, lime, caramel.

  17. dramidaris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  18. Izzino scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    It's just super whiskey. Today a taster and simply a clear winner

  19. Odinson scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  20. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      At the beginning there is a strong attack of ginger, which over time turns into peppery fresh pears

      Diluted to what feels like 43% significantly more apples and pears, fresher, greener
    • Taste
      89 89
      Fresh white pepper, hot start. Then yellow boiled fruit with a hint of the cores to go with it

      Add a touch of almond kernels with water
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long and spicy, digestible with water and soft, mild, medium-long with a fine hint of spice

  21. Dominique69 scored this whisky 86 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  22. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  23. AnnEm scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very nicely done. It took me a little more time than the 15-year-old drinking strength to grasp it. A dream of a post-still whiskey with a lot of depth and a strong and full aroma (spicy-wine-tart pâtisserie, if there is something like that). I bake Americans and enjoy a nice oloroso with it.
    • Nose
      Dark and malty. I initially perceive the alcohol strength in the direction of "ink". Then over time it unfolds. Strongly sweetened espresso and lots of caramel. Also something like honey-sweetened fennel tea. Warming spiciness: cardamom, allspice (pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves). Rye bread I also have a lot of vanilla and an American with cocoa glaze. The very dense and full nose also has plenty of juicy dried fruits and walnuts to offer. Otherwise, not so much in the foreground for me, cooked fruits, maybe something like peach, apricot, orange jam.
    • Taste
      Very substantial. Spicy rye bread, but also sweet and doughy. Nice espresso bitter and roasted notes. Dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Tart wine aromas. I also have grapes here. Furthermore, a very oily, creamy, full-flavored texture. At the back then slightly polished oak with the warm spices that have already appeared in the nose. It warms and pizzas wonderfully and leaves a lasting, creamy, dry, aromatic feeling in the entire mouth. My tooth is dripping!

  24. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskeylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/06/03/yet-even-more-bottle-polishing-spring-summer-2021/

    N: Surgically-clean vanilla-ey [Greenore-esque] spirit, neat, one you’re going to want to add water to from the off. Diluted a touch, we’ve a firm NOS [capacitor] waxiness over banana in many forms – over-ripe/dried/pureed/pressed – and with papaya, mango [a little melon, > pineapple,….] dusty custard mixed with hollandaise,… Despite how that may sound, it’s never a truly joyous noser, always remaining slightly,… clinical.

    T: Overall, a bold [punchy] clean spirity experience with a mild sour > ~ sweet green > yellow fruitiness,… amongst other things.

    F: Not overcomplicated. Very clean spirited it remains with echoes of [ex]-bourbon, fruity < waxy < grassy vanilla,… popcorn,..

    C: This took many many months to open up, and even then, I’m not sure I find it any better or worse than the standard 12yo [WLP86] – more ‘same-same but different’ and far pricier! It’s hard to believe there isn’t a sweet-spot [release] in-between the two.

  25. Likudi scored this whisky 86 points Shoplink Moderator

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

  26. Mark-E scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  27. riegerjonas scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    2021-03-16: a little more pleasant with water
    • Nose
      85 85
      sweet vanilla, light herbs, floral, tropical fruits, light pepper, bread-like
    • Taste
      84 84
      tropical fruits, peach, melon, apricot, some caramel, toffee, some wood, bread-like
    • Finish
      84 84

  28. SRB scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  29. Martin1965 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  30. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Woodspices

    Darn, the last time I tried this 12 years old Redbreast at cask strength was way back in 2012. But I recently got a sample from the Irish whiskey aficionado Benny, so I had no excuse to postpone this tasting session any longer. I have no reason to complain. It is a pot still whiskey, meaning that both malted and unmalted barley were used. It is vatting of both bourbon and sherry casks.

    Lovely nose on tropical fruit with banana, pineapple and passionfruit in the lead, followed by a soft spiciness and some floral notes. I also get some pencil shavings and toasted oak. For a moment there it reminds me of a good grain whiskey, strangely enough.

    Perfect mouthfeel. The tropical fruit returns, but is now partly overcome by lots of black pepper and vanilla. The alcohol let's itself be felt. All kinds of wood spices go hand in hand with candies pineapple, mashed banana and a truckload of caramel.

    Very long finish on some oak, that pushes the fruit somewhat to the background. The woodspices linger very long.

    This is very good stuff. Around 80 EUR. It is worth every penny. Having said that I did prefer the version from 2012.

  31. claymore84 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 03-17-2021.

  32. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  33. Benjamin_Wang scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Raw and Euro-oak dominant. Too spicy!
    • Nose
      81 81
      Intense alcohol, SHARP! Lots of all spicy! Adding a few drops of water, better, but still rough. Nuttiness and spiciness.Nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, citrus, a hint of milk malted candy, dry fruits, and vanilla. The char of stewed fruits are so intense, covering everything.
    • Taste
      83 83
      A lot of spices, old rum-like. Clove and nutmeg, woody sweet, cinnamon, very oily and soft. Mid-sweet.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Not too long, dry apricot.

  34. g00se scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I like it
    you can see the distillate and barrel influence: fruity, spicy, vannil-like
    it needs a little time in the glass and not necessarily water to curb the high alcohol content
    • Nose
      88 88
      a little glue and cool alcohol up front
      behind it, very fruity with pears, apple rings and vanilla that are not yet fully ripe
      but also a little wood; light oak
    • Taste
      87 87
      Despite the high alcohol content, the paint has a pleasant appearance with a slightly oily mouthfeel
      Fruit is only available for a short time, then it becomes tingly and spicy
    • Finish
      86 86
      medium-long finish, characterized by oak spices
      becoming slightly bitter

  35. Rien scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  36. DGV scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    This is my first Irishman of this age and barrel strength. What can I say, definitely good, definitely worth seeing! Let's see what they get with more seasoned samples ...
    • Nose
      Open, comprehensive. The first nose opens a bouquet of garden berries: black currant, black chokeberry, cherry. Next come currant leaves, mint, white grapes, sunflower oil. With water, the aromas intensify, aromas of hot bread appear.
    • Taste
      Dense, sweet, concentrated. Berry jam, cherry pie, red tea.
    • Finish
      Long, warming. Hot compote, garden berries, strong tea.

  37. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    For me, this Redbreast 12CS is one of the very best younger whisk (e) ys currently available on the market. Batch B2 / 19 seems even more intense and fruity to me than batch B1 / 19 (ID: 131922). A more than successful thing, also because you actually get two whiskeys in one due to the barrel strength, you are ready to play with some water and feel the changes in flavor.
    • Nose
      94 94
      The bakery is there immediately, the honey and mango; in addition the herbal flavor and the fresh whiskey crunch of a cask strong. Very strong in every way. After a long time in the glass there are still pear and apricot aromas, ripe peach, a little sweetness of lychee juice. Chervil and some fennel. Black bread without rind.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Comes into the mouth very strong, fruity and full of bread aromas. Apricot and peach are in the foreground, the herbs with fennel and a little marjoram appear, the spice-fruit combination is very nice. The 55.8% evoke a slight tingling sensation, the wood slowly becomes stronger. The spicy, spicy notes remain perfectly integrated into the dense fruitiness and bread aroma.
    • Finish
      92 92
      The finish is not quite as long as one would dream of from the smell and the initial taste. That's what the older Redbreast variants are for. Of course, the finish remains intense and medium-long, never becomes too bitter, the fruitiness fades slowly, the herbal notes ensure a lasting memory.

      _A little water_ makes the apricot and mango aromas even stronger, as does the slight hint of eucalyptus, and the fennel is accompanied by a little rosemary. The fruits also become a little more intense on the palate, at the same time the "crunchiness" increases, the herbs take a back seat, the bread notes become stronger. A very exciting variant!

  38. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • 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

  39. Svjatogor scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

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

  40. McMoulis scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  41. abcmeuric did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    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.

    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 ok, but it feels like another mid-range bottle and not something you'd pay nearly 100€ for. I have nice coffee notes from the empty glass which make me hope it gets better and richer with time. 5/10

    Spoiler alert a few months later : still very shy.

  42. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  43. 11insomnium scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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

  44. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  45. GIORGOS scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  46. Dogs2 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  47. waal scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Eye:
    light copper, narrow windows, medium (+) viscosity

    Nose:
    wonderfully fruity, tropical, sweet to dry to the touch, vanilla, full créme brûlée, peach, banana, ripe (!) mango, over everything hovers an intense wood flavor, apple baked in puff pastry with cloves and thick vanilla sauce - to put in!

    Mouth:
    Yes, the almost 56% vol. Shreds properly, but that goes well, vanilla, apple compote, creamy feeling, sweet, sparkling from alcohol, banana split with cream and roasted almond chips, all kinds of spices such as. Pepper and aniseed, with water more bitterness and dryness, long fruity finish with consistent dryness

    Conclusion:
    An Irish standard at a fair price with excellent enjoyment qualities. I would not recommend diluting it with water. You miss the fruitiness that gives the pot still its sophistication.

    Points:
    89 (+) / 100

  48. MickMatrix scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Wow! Irish whiskey can be awesome too!
    Surprised me very positively. I like the typical character with the intense barrels very much.
    Buy bulk sample!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Intensive mix of fresh red fruits, some vanilla, chocolate and herbal and menthol notes.
      Very nice aroma game!
      Over time, the sherry will come through. Fresh oak can also be felt. The bourbon barrels also come through. It just all fits together very well.
    • Taste
      93 93
      The typical Irish character. Fruity, light on the tongue. But also oily and malty.
      The fresh oak grows stronger. Great menthol note. The sherry isn't very dark. Chocolate can also be found again. Dark.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Here he is unfortunately losing now. The finish is slightly warming and pleasant in the mouth and throat. However, something is missing the strength.

  49. JimvanVeen scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  50. Islay1815 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  51. mydramofwhiskey scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    I've always enjoyed the normal RB12. This cask strength version is that on steroids! Constantly performing high on Jim Murray's whiskey bible as well. A lot of dried fruits and spice. Figs, vanilla, prunes, and dried grapefruit. Long spicy finish.

  52. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  53. besar scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  54. 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

  55. Dris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  56. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  57. theograph did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Fulminantly fruity and with an exciting spice note! A no brainer!

  58. Izzino scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Dark fruit, chocolate, caramel, blackberries, raisins, but this newer version is also so delicately citrus with green apple, lemon peel and grass.

  59. Simo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  60. redlightsflash89 scored this whisky 88 points Expert 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.

  61. TsiAI scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Room temperature when drinking: 17 ℃

    Added two drops of water

    Viewing Eyes: Copper Gold

    Smell Nose: At first, it smelled of wheat straw, hay and bourbon. Twenty minutes to wake up, the preserved fruits, candied fruits, thick and greasy jam, dried prunes, dried apricots, fermented sourness. The sense of alcohol has always been relatively disturbing, and smelling incense is not very pleasant.

    Taste Palate: sour, dried plums and various kinds of preserved fruits. In the middle and back sections, milky toffee, toffee, roasting aromas (oak, bread, pine nuts), croissants, meringues, caramel buds, butter scones, overall dry.

    Finishing Finish: Long, Apple Tower, Almond Dew, Fresh Almonds, French Baguette

    Body: The liquor immediately wraps the tongue like an oil film immediately after the entrance, and then turns into a soft and elastic mass

    Nose: 84/100

    Palate: 89/100

    Finish: 87/100

    Body: 90/100

    Overall: 87.5 / 100

  62. nallacam scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  63. GJR scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Tasted this in a blind tasting competition.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  64. sakis scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  65. 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.

  66. 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 ...

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