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

£ 712.50

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34 × member ratings

65 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Redbreast 1989

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.28 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. 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

  3. 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.

  4. Pauci scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    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

  5. 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.

  6. Seanzhang scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  7. JeanChan scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior


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