Redbreast 1997

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Pot Still
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
All Sherry - Single Cask
Stated Age
22 years old
Oloroso seasoned Sherry butt Finish
Number of bottles
55.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
The Single Malt Fund
Added on
01 jun 2021 5:46 pm by DolcainWhiskey
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 449.15

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17 × member ratings

26 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Redbreast 1997

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.33 points

  1. Official tasting note

    The Origin of Redbreast 22 Year Old
    This Redbreast 22 Year Old Single Cask was hand selected by Irish Distillers Master Blender Billy Leighton and Blender David McCabe and bears the signature sherry style that is synonymous with Redbreast Irish Whiskey.

    First laid down to mature on the 17 October 1997 in ex-bourbon barrels, this exceptional liquid was then re-casked in an Oloroso seasoned sherry butt on 25 March 2010. Rich in tannins with touches of leather and dried tobacco that quickly subside revealing toasted almonds and walnuts, all layered over sweet vanilla and dried fruits that linger in the background adding balance to the pot still spices.

  2. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Watch out! Some might expect this, but this 22yo isn't one of those older Redbreast single casks that throws tropical fruits around. But if you like the Redbreast-typical pot still spices and can gain a certain astringency, you will have absolute and unlimited pleasure with this Redbreast. I had it.
    • Nose
      91 91
      The first thing you notice here is when you compare the nose with similarly old Redbreast Single Casks from previous years: it is (at the beginning? That will show) much tart, crisp and leatherier. Dry wood, freshly tanned leather, sherry-pickled raisins. Full of pot still spices: curry, cardamom, nutmeg, marjoram, tarragon, a little aniseed. Dark, crumbly dry chocolate, a crème brûlée processed with a fairly hot flame. And since the creeping has now taken a long time, a few tropical fruits (passion fruit, mango, banana) are finally making their way to pay their respects.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Very creamy, very fat start, in which the pot still spices nutmeg, marjoram, cardamom, cinnamon and anise spread directly on the tongue without any culpable hesitation. A warm caramel candy, toffee, blackberries with a glaze of tart forest honey. If it dries out after a while, it provides beautiful accents of freshly felled oak, as well as leather and pipe tobacco aromas. Hazelnuts, walnuts, grated almonds.
      A bitter herbal mixture supports the spices that are still floating around on the tongue, now reinforced by black pepper.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long and now again, after the dry intermezzo on the tongue, creamy. The spices are fascinating because they are still as crystal clear as they can be identified and named in the nose. Blackberries and cherries as a fruity-sweet counterpart.

  3. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A really good whiskey that lives from its spice. But he does it well and with conviction. But the price is way too high for what is on offer.
    • Nose
      The wood notes and the pot still character clearly dominate. The sherry fruits are more subtle. A mixture of sweetness and spice. forest honey. Fresh fig. Meadow herbs and spices such as nutmeg, cloves and allspice. wood seasoning. mixed bread. Bit of dark miso paste. Remove some lychee. With a lot of imagination maybe fennel.
    • Taste
      Just pretty cute. Molasses. fudge rum raisins. Then the pot still wort and the wood report again. In addition, a certain sharpness. This is never uncomfortable, but fits in well. Fruit acid that stimulates salivation. Then it gets drier. Leather.
    • Finish
      sour cherries. Tobacco. Nuts.

  4. grinface scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very nice, the button could have a little more volume. But that's whining on a very high level. Absolutely great stuff.

    Full review, alongside five other Irish: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/03/23/sechs-irische-whiskey-am-st-patricks-day/
    • Nose
      91 91
      All sorts of Oloroso sherry and tobacco. A few pieces of wood, dried fruit and chocolate are at the start. After a while there is still a lot of cherry juice.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The big sherry universe is also present in the mouth. This is very pleasing and nuanced, never overbearing. If you are evil you could say "unobtrusive". But there is also a little twist: gingerbread. It fits in really well.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The sherry is now rather sour, more Fino than Oloroso. Add a little coffee or espresso. Leather, berries, rubber, spices with a lot of Christmas then make the end. That's pretty spicy.


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