Redbreast 1989

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Pot Still
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
All Port - Single Cask
Stated Age
30 years old
bourbon barrels,re-casked 1995 into Port cask
Number of bottles
57.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
The Whisky Exchange
Added on
08 oct 2020 5:08 pm by DolcainWhiskey
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

£ 2221.34

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56 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Redbreast 1989

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.44 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    What a single pot still whiskey. You almost wish that such old and expensive stuff didn't deliver so much more than whiskeys do, which may only require a fraction of the financial commitment. But puff cake. It's officially fantastic.
    The nose alone would be enough, you can actually put an end to the tasting. Tongue and finish only slightly “weaker”.
    This year seems to be the year of port kegs at Midleton / Redbreast: First the Redbreast 27 Ruby Port, then this year's Dream Cask 28yo from the port, now here. I would love to have more of it, one can only wish for.
    • Nose
      96 96
      An incredibly thick and dense nose, immediately present and with such a variety of aromas that you don't even know where to start with the description ... From coarse to fine: spices, berries, tropical fruits - and all at the same time. The pot still spices with a sweet-fruity base rise first in your nose: marjoram, tarragon, turmeric, cinnamon, coriander, cloves. It does not stop. The mentioned tropical fruits, more subtle than in the 21yo, but nevertheless very easy to identify as mango, papaya, passion fruit and mangosteen. Again and again the spices burn into the nose, only a moment later, they are caught again by the fruit. Fascinating. In addition to the tropical-fruity note, there are also blackberries and blueberries, black cherries and grapes. Marzipan bread and gingerbread, untreated leather, tobacco, café au lait.
    • Taste
      95 95
      The initial force with which it hits the tongue dissolves quickly and turns into cozy warmth. Creamy, viscous, mouth-filling. A basket full of tropical fruits that he took from his nose to his tongue. The fruits (mango, papaya, passion fruit) are now a little more ripe than on the nose. Drought spreads slowly, but without thinking directly about wood. Blackberries, blueberries, cherries here too. Nougat chocolate, a little crushed almonds and always, as a counterpoint to the fruit sweetness, not too bitter spices.
    • Finish
      94 94
      You can taste the tropical fruits and spices forever. Hardly gets any drier than it was on the tongue at the beginning and in the middle part. The tropical fruits, mixed with curry, cinnamon, coriander and turmeric, are a real hit, as before ...

  2. whiskydramo scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    I wasn't impressed at all when it was first opened, especially on the palate. A big leap after a short two weeks. No wonder it was bottled as a single cask by TWE.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Red mango accompanied by warm crème brulée. Red delicious, passion fruits, guava, maple syrup, then dried figs sneaked in. Iced honey black tea, dark chocolate and deeply roasted coffee beans. When I picked up the glass again, fresh prunes, a bit of Chinese bayberry and dried leaves which turned into a cigar box. Two weeks after, sweet greens could also be found, honey water-cress, gooseberries, unripe honeydew and kiwi. The previous guava turned green as well. What a complex nosing.
    • Taste
      92 92
      A bit disappointing when first opened, with tastes of toffee, diluted chocolate, some over roasted cinnamon and not so many fruits. Then there're black peppers, dried red fruits, eventually became quite spicy. Huge change after two weeks of oxidisation in the bottle. Kiwi, honey water-cress, green guava, a few drops of lime juice and gooseberries. Powder chocolate dominated after some chewing. It was not as punchy, instead it's mellow and you could easily hold it in your mouth.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Tropical fruits right from the beginning, rambutan, and lychee, though not the red type. Soon you're welcome by thin tannin, a bit of sugar apple and vanilla. During the second tasting, the green fruits were so rich that they carried over to the finish without a second thought.

  3. Gris scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Notes by Serge on WF:

    So a single cask, re-racked in Port wood in 1995 already. Something bad must have happened between 1989 and 1995. Colour: reddish amber. Nose: peonies and raspberry cake, these Redbreasty mangos, peaches, pink pepper, clafoutis, Nuits Saint-Georges, morello cherries… Well well well, this is rather extraordinary. The work of time. With water: possibly the greatest Irish I've ever nosed. Fantastically aromatic, almost heady and yet subtle and complex, with stunning notes of blood oranges, musk, old roses, honeys, hints of Spanish ham (the most expensive jabugos)… This is just plainly glorious. Mouth (neat): extraordinary, complex, with rare apples and cherries, eglantine jam, rich honeys, old cognac… With water: please call the anti-maltoporn brigade. I mean, the anti-pure-potstillporn brigade. Finish: not that long but magnificently fruity and soft. More blood oranges and honeys. Comments: could be that Redbreast is the only distillate that would actually benefit from spending some time together with touriga nacional. But Redbreast is 'something else'.
    SGP:651 - 92 points.

  4. mydramofwhiskey scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A phenomenal whiskey worthy of the over 90 points. However, I scored it a tad lower due to value. There are other more accessible single cask Redbreasts out there at half the price of this that would be close to delivering close to what this whiskey can. The core-range Redbreast 27 is also widely available, a little bit cheaper, and offers more of the port and fruit notes and less of the wood notes you get from this Redbreast 1989.

  5. Gris scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Notes by Ruben on whiskeynotes.be

    Nose: succulent fruits with generous amounts of polished oak. Cassis, raspberries and lots of juicy plums, but not overpowering at all. There’s still plenty of the more delicate fruits like pineapples, kiwi and tangerines. Fragrant mangosteen as well – a tasting note that I’ve only used twice so far, but it’s one of my favourite fruits. A little mint, cinnamon and subtle leather. Hints of gingerbread and vanilla. Such a fruit bomb.

    Mouth: slightly less fruity now, but all the more complex. Ginger and cinnamon, wee notes of herbal liqueurs and eucalyptus freshness. Sweet cherries, stewed plums and raisins underneath, as well as a fine hint of blood orange. A slightly exotic hint of cedar wood, before it gets to blackberries and a mint / toffee combo. Still a subtle hint of passion fruit but they’re struggling to get heard under the weight of the darker fruits and spicy notes.

    Finish: long, with hints of Moscovado sugar, ripe fruits and a drop of cough syrup.

    Excellent Redbreast (again): the Port cask adds several layers on top of the usual tropical fruits. A superbly fresh and juicy nose, leading to darker fruits and herbal notes in the mouth. I’m usually not the biggest fan of Port casks but it’s fascinating how well they work for Redbreast.

  6. katarn_rb scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Great whiskey: perfect for Christmas!
    • Nose
      91 91
      Tart black fruits (blackberries, sour cherries), damp wood, leather. But also tropical fruits and mulled wine. It's crazy how complex it is!
    • Taste
      91 91
      Casis, and a lot. Plus cooling eucalyptus. Mouth filling and oily.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Tart and sweet and long. And still casis

  7. CharlieTsai scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    Ha, it's all port again. Robin really doesn't recognize what he should do in the past two years. Maybe people know it?
    This bottle of wine has been in my hand for a while, and I heard that there is a whiskey in Guangzhou today and I would like to open this bottle of wine, so I drank it with everyone in remote Jiangsu, slainte.

    Vintage/bottled: 1989/2020

    Cask type: bourbon+port pipe

    Alcohol By Volume: 57.2%

    Eyes: dark orange

    Smell the fragrance Nose: the warm and richness of dirty bags, hot chocolate, canned yellow peaches and butter gradually tightened to the blank, egg whites, tuckahoe cakes, banana milk, very weak lychees and toffees.

    Taste Palate: The starting point is very rich, concentrated peach juice, mango, orange, sweet and satisfying, lemongrass and nutmeg, the direction has turned to the dual world of bitterness and dryness, which is specifically expressed in citrus choroid and orange peel.

    After rhyme Finish: Medium, bitterness increases with time, ginkgo, wet wood strips, slightly numb mouth.

    Body: Oily, slightly chewy but white, medium tannins, far from balanced.

    Nose: 86

    Palate: 91

    Finish: 86

    Body: 90

    Overall: 87

    Overall: The factory has recently really underestimated the global whiskey drinkers' exposure. Irish whiskey and leeks are not listed for the time being, but anyone who has been drinking whiskey for a few years and has a spirit of exploration has never seen a few bottles of Ling. As for the fascinating rb, who is fooled by all port 27/30 products like all port 27/30? It's a pity to smash my own sign.

  8. saothangbay scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  9. Mapl scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    This is a 1 of 10 Million wow Barrel. Nectar with a kiss from the angels.
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      95 95

  10. Rusty12 scored this whisky 97 points Newbie

    Most complex and inspiring nose of any Irish whiskey I’ve tasted. It’s perfect and leaves Bushmills 1991 Madeira cask and Redbreast 27 far behind. Port moments prevail here here comparing to Redbreast 27. Reach red fruit mixture with smooth pot still spices, oakiness and sweet vanilla candy. Definite BUY, in case you can find it. Unique single pot still whiskey and best within Redbreast range for my taste.
    • Nose
      98 98
      WOW, WOW, WOW. Incredibly rich and complex with a number of layers: pot still spices, vanilla and caramel sweetness, fruitiness and buttery notes and lots of details on the background.
    • Taste
      97 97
      Moderate oillness . Pot still spices, caramel, vanilla candy on the background of sweet fruit mixture and light honey notes. Totally different from Bushmills 1991 Madeira with its dark honey moments and rich bitterness. Pretty close to Redbreast 27 but less peppery and bites much less despite higher ABV.
    • Finish
      95 95
      Long aftertaste with peppery notes, sweet fruits, and caramel sweetness. Perfect, perfect, perfect!

  11. hyc scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Smell ---------------------- 91
    End rhyme--------------------91

  12. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at whiskey show 2021, cooked fruits, red fruits, dried fruits and tropical fruits, very pleasant

  13. Pauci scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    With water a lot of cassis and also cherry. Very overcast without water. The rating refers to tasting with a splash of water. 90+ p

    Very dense whiskey

  14. Seanzhang scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  15. JeanChan scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior


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