Redbreast 12-year-old

Overall rating
87.49/100
votes
195
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

€ 90.00

60 × in wishlist

195 × member ratings

564 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Redbreast 12-year-old

26 users have left 27 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.49 points.

  1. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  2. JoachimV scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
      The bourbon is clearly present. I get glue first (which weakens with some water and time), vanilla, brown sugar, milk chocolate, red apples, peach, nectarines, apricot fried banana and cinnamon. This is definitely a delicious nose, but it takes time!
    • Taste
      87 87
      Thick mouthfeel. I get peach, nectarines, mango, some passion fruit, vanilla, caramel, cloves, cinnamon and pepper.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium length, with mainly cloves and mango that linger for a while.

      Another delicious batch!

  3. Killswitch scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. andrii_nahornyi scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. Francishomola scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    needs spoon of water,
    • Nose
      86 86
      strong vanilla, spices, blackcurrants,
    • Taste
      88 88
      tart, sour without water, with water so much more drinkable,
    • Finish
      87 87
      green at finish, spice, wood

  6. valasios scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. milkbonez scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    This is just the epitome of a well balanced whiskey, and at cask strength and usually at an affordable price point is a great whiskey. This should be winning more accolades than it is, just a great little whiskey.

    Also, definitely add water to this. Brings out so much and you can taste a lot more of what's on offer.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Very malty sweetness, fruitiness but definitely more stonefruit like apricots and nectarines. Peaches as well. There is a very distinct malty sweetness though that is predominant and just lovely to smell, almost floral.
    • Taste
      91 91
      That malty note shows up again in full force on the palate but is measured alongside it's fruity and somewhat tanginess. This is a very well balanced whiskey for what it is. You get nice biscuit/cookie sort of notes and spongecake, but the wood plays it's part in keeping it from getting ahead of itself.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Honeyed, candy (bit-o-honey if you've ever had) and pleasant finish. Not dominating the tastebuds but also not non-existent, walks a fine line.

  8. Mordeth scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Bang for the buck whiskey! Sweet, malty and creamy mouthfeel. Quite a step up from the standard edition.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. WhiskeyfanRoy scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    For taste, please refer to 12yo, they are almost the same.

    This CS version does allow people to enjoy a richer, more explosive scent of atomic bombing,
    However, in terms of taste, it caused some irritation and interference due to the alcohol concentration as high as 57%.
    A slight deduction is made for the original intention of "comfortable drinking", because the taste of the 40% version is very smooth and harmonious.
    The general whiskey will be adjusted at 40%-46%. It is also for this reason that the "non-stimulating taste" and "the strong aroma of the original wine" are hung on the two ends of the scale to achieve the best balance and meet the taste of the public.
    For this bottle of wine, I personally think that it is the most balanced when the alcohol concentration is adjusted to about 50%.
    There is enough taste and enjoyment at the end, but it is not disturbed by the irritating in the mouth, which is really good.
    If I have this bottle at home, I can adjust the alcohol concentration I want to drink tonight according to my daily mood, and enjoy different experiences of the same whiskey at different alcohol concentrations.
    It's just that in the Taiwan market, this wine is really too expensive, and the stock is very small. I only hope that they can be imported into Taiwan more in the future.

    The taste sums up to 90 points and the price does not affect the rating.
    I'm also sure I'll be a Redbreast lover for life.

  10. Erik1908 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Inspired by some reviews by Archer here on Whiskeybase, I regained my interest in Irish whiskey and Redbreast in specific. What a shame that in the last century Irish whiskey industry became an "endangered species". Because the knowledge, history, environment are there. I hope the Irish distilleries will really rise again.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Initially a little closed, but patience and hand-warming improve things by the minute. After 30 minutes you are confronted with an outburst of tropical fruit. In the background some herbs, light spices and dried fruits. Elegant and all well integrated.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Warm and powerful arrival and a tad sharp; but not annoying or disturbing. Spices take the floor immediately and push the sweet and fruity notes more to the back. Slightly wry but again not disturbing. Some drops of water make things somewhat more friendly.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Warm long finish. Peppery flavors are dominant in the finish. In the far end dry, grassy and fresh.

      Conclusion: powerful dram of a distillery which never disappointed me (although the Redbreast 12y OB at 40% is the weakest of course).

  11. FluidSunshine scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  12. Comet67 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  13. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 75 points Shoplink Moderator

    Evaluated in a blind tasting of 8 ex-sherry samples. Definitely the worst impression from the beginning. I was guessing something in the style of Auchentoshan. I definitely put her in eighth, last place, otherwise she finished seventh overall (69 judges).

    Slightly musty and yellow fruit in the aroma. After adding water artificiality and nail polish. The taste is very strong, rather unpleasant, artificial, biting and acetone. After adding water a little à la Auchentoshan. Roks log, artificial taste. Extremely drying in the finish and after the addition of water, a distinctive lemon peel.

  14. GIORGOS scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  15. Don Cassi scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Fantastic Irish: intense, vanilla, tropical fruits, sweet sherry notes, some coconut and that typical potstill note ????
    Length: 6/10

    Note 1-

  16. Izzino scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

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

  17. rpvdwel scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  18. rpvdwel scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  19. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    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

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

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

  21. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  22. Martin1965 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  23. Funtik scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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  24. martinseco scored this whisky 89 points Expert 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

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

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