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Redbreast 12-year-old

Overall rating
87.48/100
votes
83
Whiskybase ID
WB168585
Category
Single Pot Still
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Bottled
21.07.2020
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Bourbon & Sherry Casks
Casknumber
Batch B1/20
Strength
57.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L020331307, L020331308
Barcode
4005971395663
Added on
29 Oct 2020 4:52 pm by alectron
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 83.02

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Whisky Reviews for Redbreast 12-year-old

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.48 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Spoiled by B2 / 19, I missed its tropical fruits for a brief moment ... a little water helped. The 57.6% of the current batch is already clearly noticeable, a few drops of water brings it close to the previous batch with its 55.8%. These delicious tropical fruits can be found again, and the spices also appear a little more tamed and even better integrated. I really don't want to miss the 12 CS ...
    • Nose
      91 91
      Right at the start with a full load of pot still spices: savory, thyme, rosemary, tarragon, cloves, aniseed, nutmeg and pepper. While its predecessor, Batch B2 / 19, still came up with a basket full of tropical fruits, B1 / 20 delivers more dark fruity notes of blackcurrants and blueberries. But it also weighs 57.6%, while Batch B2 / 19 was only 55.8%.
      Let's see what a few drops of water can do ... And yes, just add a little water (a few drops to 2cl) reveal the tropical fruits that were so surprisingly found in its predecessor. Maracuja and mango are vying for pole position, and something banana wants to get involved. It now comes across as much thicker, provides dark chocolate, warm coffee grounds, toffee, caramel, malt and sugar beet syrup. The spices as a constant companion. Dry wood, leather, raisins.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Powerful start, oily, creamy, fat. Since it has been diluted with a few drops of water beforehand, the tropical fruits (passion fruit, mango, papaya) appear on the tongue and combine nicely with the chocolate notes that are also immediately present. The pot still spices (tarragon, thyme, bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom) do not impose themselves, but are nevertheless very easy to spot. Raisins and dates cheat among the tropical fruits, dry wood plays a role. Coffee beans, liquorice snails.
    • Finish
      90 90
      We'll come to the end, please, and give up ... Apparently does not apply to him. Lingers on the tongue for quite a long time, as his (only) 12 years in the barrel are hardly noticeable; he works much further and more mature. Dry wood, powdered cloves, grated nutmeg and pepper, raisins and an echo of tropical fruits. Caramel candy, forest floor.

  2. NXI scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Archer definitely has a special relationship with Redbreast, and I generally agree with what he said. Without water it is quite hot (also on the nose, but mostly on the palate) and really blackcurrants and blueberries are among the main fruits. About half a teaspoon makes it significantly softer and reveals a tropical taste profile dominated by ripe mango and passion fruit. A whole teaspoon reveals a third parallel reality, which is dominated by fruits such as apricot and fig, and at the same time makes it a little hotter again. I guess adding even more water would take it to some fourth place, so you could extract a wide range of fruit from it or eventually adjust it to your taste preferences. I personally share Archer's passion for exotic fruits. Sometimes it's a little difficult to hit the right dose, but over time you get used to doing it right. Undoubtedly the Irish whiskey with the best value for money. It costs 40 euros here.

  3. SRB scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      First fresh and dry on the nose, then herbs, thyme, rosemary, juniper, fresh spinach, black pepper, mushrooms, dried plums and dates, fresh leather, coffee beans, in the distance a little honey
      Water opens the whiskey a little more, it becomes finer and a few notes are added.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Slightly sharp start, a few drops of water help here too.
      Spicy, then sweet, dried fruits (figs and plums), candied papaya, vanilla, forest honey, hops, again juniper, rosemary and thyme, pumpernickel, dried dates
    • Finish
      89 89
      Very briefly something medicinal with a bitter wood note, then a long spicy finish that leaves a pleasant sweetness at the end, plus a little orange zest with a hint of honey.
      Without water, I find the finish a bit rounder and less medicinal / bitter, which is at the expense of the nose and palate.
      Depending on the dilution, I would give the finish between 88 and 90 points.

  4. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  5. martinseco scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    At the beginning of our tasting, we uncorked this massive Redbreast and compared it to a Waterford (Ballymorgan 1.1), which is just allowed to call itself whiskey. There are worlds between the two, especially if you include the price-performance ratio in the evaluation. Against the strong, extremely complex, highly aromatic and fruity robin, even if we use water to 50% vol. dilute, the 3-year-old looks like Newmake bottled directly after the distillation, almost only alcoholic. Granted, not a fair comparison, but it does open your eyes. (On other days and without direct comparison, I also find fruity aromas in the youngster, but as I said: Only the strong robin creates and creates a flight of fancy.) I will probably stay with Redbreast CS for the next 10 years!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. Izzino scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Always 100% satisfy. Great teast absolutely Amazing price VS quality

  7. rpvdwel scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  8. rpvdwel scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  9. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The alcohol has to evaporate a little before the whiskey reveals its delicious fruit notes. Add to that the beautiful barrel aromas in the nose and you have a delicious drop in the glass that fits nicely into the Redbreast range.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Briefly spicy and roasted aromas, then vanilla, pear, exotic fruits and later berries. The alcohol stings my nose. At first rather sweet, it becomes more sour in the course. Much later coffee, chocolate, malt and tobacco.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweetness at the beginning, fruit candies made from exotic fruits, spiciness and a hint of mouthwash solution. Berry fruits are added. The alcohol is quite present.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium-long, slightly alcoholic finish, pepper, berries and bitter oak

  10. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

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