Redbreast 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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
ie Ireland
Added on
20 Sep 2019 8:34 pm by Archer
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 99.69

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Whisky Reviews for Redbreast 12-year-old

55 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.09 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. 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!

  3. 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

  4. Likudi scored this whisky 86 points Moderator

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

  5. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    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.

  6. redlightsflash89 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    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.

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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!

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur


    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.

  10. 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.


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