Redbreast 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Pot Still
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Gilbeys of Ireland Ltd.
Stated Age
12 years old
40.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Beige label, red letters, golden 12 in background, golden border around label. Red screw cap.
Added on
06 Apr 2010 4:50 pm

Average value

€ 649.71

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Whisky Reviews for Redbreast 12-year-old

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.47 points

  1. MaltMartin scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    This Redbreast is from the last stocks of pure pot still Bow Street Distillery in Dublin produced at the end of the 1960's. Bow Street Distillery stopped production in 1971. Matured and bottled by wine merchant Gilbeys which marketed this brand before it moved with all remaining Dublin distilleries to (new) Midleton in Cork where it was reborn in the 1990's. Although it says 12 year old most of the whiskey was probably 14/15 at the youngest as Gilbeys could not get stock from Jameson when they moved to Midleton in Cork.
    • Nose
      A profile which I have never come accross. It has lots of dried apricots and figs but also notes of dusty books and old curtains. Herbal notes of lineseed, camphor and camomile intermingled with a sort of meaty mustiness. Even some Industrial hints of gasoline/diesel. Has nothing to do with the current expressions of Redbreast (which are from a completely different distillery).
    • Taste
      Apricots again supplemented with orange marmelade and tangerines. Hints of banana at the background. Resinous. Hints of menthol and cough syrup. Also a bit metalic. Later on more on roasted nuts and bitter chocolate. Addy is completely right when he says this whiskey is weird but funky.
    • Finish
      Medium long. Quite dry. A little ginger. Pine. The dustiness remains.

  2. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      78 78
      Yeasty, bready, with lots putty and artificial sweetness. Truth be told, there's also chlorine in here. It's unique and has an interesting profile but not my favorite profile.
    • Taste
      78 78
      Grassy, yeasty, flat, sawdust, cardboard. Again, with the artificial sweetener and chlorine.
    • Finish
      76 76
      Plasticky, saw dust. I'm a big fan of modern Redbreast, but I'm not sure if this has gone bad, or reflective of Redbreast in the old days? I don't have enough knowledge to go on...

  3. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Typically Irish as the usual fruits are there a bit thin not uninteresting

  4. detachedblue scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Quite bready and malty, very dull and muted, somewhat herbal.
    • Taste
      Bready and malty again, herbal tea, very mellow, light peat smoke.
    • Finish
      Short, malty, barley sugar.

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 67 points Connoisseur

    My initial score on this was an average of 69 but I think I was being generous first time around. Had a good go at this tonight and it was  a Cherry Bakewell cake with a little cocoanut mixed in with turps and paint which ruin it.

    An experience for sure but not something I could drink on a regular basis, I think its one for people who want to punish their taste buds.

    60 points now because there are too many off notes.

    I am glad to have had the opportunity to have tried it, that's is what whiskey tasting is all about, right?

  6. thijs100 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    This is something else alright. Hard for me to rate this Redbreast, because I can't really compare it to anything modern. I do like off-beat stuff (from time to time), but I wouldn't call this particularly balanced. Still, this does get a thumbs up.
    • Nose
      Sweet dried fruits with a good amount of candle wax. There's a veneer of wood glue, varnish and gasoline too.
    • Taste
      Again sweet fruits, mandarines and ripe nectarine, but also some fudge and sultanas. That's quickly followed by cough syrup, plastic and diesel. Mild spices. Phew, not for the fainthearted.
    • Finish
      More of the same, funky stuff. After a while returns to soft notes of red fruit.

  7. Dirk scored this whisky 83 points Super Administrator

    Weird but nice to try it, although I can't say I would ever buy a bottle of this. Back in the day; a bottle for the rougher side of life. Not for the fruity types..
    • Nose
      Funky, shoe polish, gasoline, crushed nettles. Dusty, some thinner and the weird thing; it all sounds very chemical but it's pleasant. Not the burn you would expect if you hear these kind of associations. Funny thing is someone else got grapefruits from this same dram. All the way in the back there might be something with fruit. But very faint.
    • Taste
      Old that is for sure, some polish. Oranges, metallic, menthol also some kind of raisins and figs. Some bitter pure cacao beans. Some nuts like Martin mentions, I would say hazelnuts
    • Finish
      Midlong finish, quite pleasant between sweet fruits and bitter cinnamon and nutmeg. Some cloves but also oranges, apricots. Playing with your mind and taste buts. 

  8. St. Pauli scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Another very pleasant old Irish pot still. Can't say I'm surprised, I really like these whiskeys!
    • Nose
      Quite mellow and well-behaved for a pot still whiskey if I may say so. It is rather malty, with cake dough, caramel and vanilla, but it has this dusty, husky side of a pot still whiskey. Further, there is shoe polish, honey, and a lot of dried apricot. So far, so good!
    • Taste
      On the palate, it gets a bit greener, with raw barley, grass, geranium. Futher, there are bread crusts, orange, vanilla and caramel. There is also something polished, like furniture polish and shoe polish mixed together. 
    • Finish
      Moderately long, and pleasantly drying on a bit of cinnamon, clove, and then this beautiful combination of polish and raw barley. On the background, there are dried apricot and orange.

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 67 points Connoisseur

    Great to have tried this, worth it for the experience on your taste buds alone but as for pure enjoyment its a no from me.

    I have given this the lowest score by far so will try again and see if there is any change.
    • Nose
      69 69
    • Taste
      63 63
    • Finish
      66 66

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 67 points Connoisseur

    A very unusual profile, I cannot decide what to score it anywhere between 50-85 points.

    What a ride :)
    • Nose
      I think I have opened a jar of pickled onions by the smell then again it could be something like apricot liqueur?

      Rotting pineapple, dark honey, beeswax, waffles, caramel crème and then paint, fresh paint.

      Finally very dark , thick cut breakfast marmalade.

      Weird for sure, its changing all the time but the longer you leave it the more the blood orange notes come through and it becomes more fragrant.

      Smelling the empty glass I get ginger cake
    • Taste
      Very bitter, almost as if its gone off (if that is possible with whiskey)?

      Thin but then some chocolate orange comes through, waffles again but the dry bitterness lingers.

      Its all over the place, very little balance that I can see but its actually not that bad.

      There is some stewed apricot in the background which saves it but the bitterness spoils it.
    • Finish
      Long, lingering, bitter and drying.


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