Redbreast 12-year-old

Overall rating
87.94/100
votes
215
Whiskybase ID
WB189536
Category
Single Pot Still
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Bottled
02.03.2021
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Bourbon & Sherry Casks
Casknumber
Batch B1/21
Strength
56.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L106131142
Added on
08 aug 2021 6:27 pm by Archer
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 81.08

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Whisky reviews for Redbreast 12-year-old

48 users have left 48 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.94 points.

  1. notesofmalt scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Redbreast 12 Years Cask Strength, 56.3% alc. Original bottling (2021, batch B1/21). Ageing: Bourbon and Sherry casks

    Nose: Aromatic, intense, spicy. First I smell rum balls, followed by peach liqueur and coffee chocolate. Then the Redbreast becomes fruitier, pear and mango appear, some honeydew melon and banana. Towards the end, parsley and damp oak emerge, as well as some tree sap and vanilla.

    Palate: Intense, full-bodied, powerful. The alcohol pushes pretty hard here. Assorted fruit in chocolate fondue, butter biscuits and vanilla biscuits. In addition, dried apricots, milk coffee and ginger, cold metal and a slight sharpness are evidence of the cask strength.

    Finish: Medium length, some caramel and mint chocolate.

    Conclusion: Similar to the drinking strength version only in the basics and sometimes seems like a completely different whiskey to me. A cask strength is always an enrichment. 85/100 points (2022)

  2. whiskyaudiophile scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    This whiskey was a part of the following tasting:
    Redbreast 12 (40%)
    Redbreast 12 CS (B1/21, 56,3%)
    Redbreast 21 (46%)
    Redbreast 19 SC Oloroso 1998 (55,7%)
    Redbreast 27 (Batch 2, 53,5%)
    • Nose
      88 88
      Very similar notes to the 40% version, but there's a subtle cardboard note, which I don't like that much (but it is very subtle). Due to the alcohol, all notes of peaches, biscuits, and fruitiness are much more pronounced. Lemon peel is present here but not in the 40% version, very interestingly integrated. The lemon acid is not noticeable at all. On the second pass of the lineup, however, it holds much better than the 40% version, the fruitiness is there, and the biscuit is there. After an hour in the glass, there are also notes of cherries, or cherry liqeur chocolates.
    • Taste
      88 88
      At first sip, noticeably better than 40% version. Perceptible strength, pleasant notes of dried fruit, vanilla, orange (with the addition of peel, and slight bitterness), and a light hint of caramel.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Mint, but more polished than the 40% version, accompanied by a sweet bitterness of wood that is not too strong, and nicely complements the mint.

  3. Sporx scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Aroma
    Caramel, pepper, berries, wet wood

    taste
    Chocolate, orange, sweet, spicy

    finish
    Long, sweet, spicy

  4. Nebuchadnezzar scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Tasted from a bottle opened a few months ago.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. Dramstein scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    delicious
    • Nose
      clean - herbaceous - fresh and cooked apples & pears - soft spices
    • Taste
      mouth coating - beautiful tension between sweet and sour - hint of smoke/ash - dense - white/yellow fruits - complex - not harsh - pleasantly woody - soft caramel
    • Finish
      elegant, medium-long finish - juicy - well-balanced sweet & sour - rich condensed fruitiness - hay/straw - hint of spices - ashy caramel

  6. sludgehex scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, vanilla, pear, yellow flowers, brown sugar.
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. P.K.S scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I quite enjoy the redbrest 12
    30cl glass 5ml water 4 hours air
    I got Bach 1/20 and 1/21 and 1/22 next to each other
    • Nose
      88 88
      So fresh love it yellow frut, apricot soft oak spisyness.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Soft and gentle arrival then builds up and get oak spisyness perfekt balanse, heavy apricot and yellow Fruits, peach
    • Finish
      89 89
      Full bodied amazing balansere finnish amazing fresh and amazing stuff

  8. eNZzo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  9. JoshNRW scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Irish whiskeys are always a nice change because they almost always have a very soft and special bouquet due to the triple distillation and are nice and light. Unfortunately, sometimes they are too easy and therefore boring. With a Redbreast you don't have to worry as much and especially the 12 cask strength is always a safe bet and a super standard that can definitely keep up with the 12 Cask Strength from Springbank in terms of quality, PLV and reliability.
    A perfect standard for little money, which I enjoy again and again with friends every year.

    Today, because of the joy of reunion after almost two years, very, very tight 89 points.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Full, rich aromas of honey, some vanilla and a slight spiciness, which comes from the influence of the Olorso casks used - in addition to the bourbon casks used. The triple distillation does not make this whiskey too light, just clean.

      In its volume, the individual aromas are almost shy and require some concentration, because they are more broad and less deep.

      All in all not a spectacle, but definitely a reliable bank again if you are looking for a nice cask strong at that age for a reasonable 70 euros.

      The more time you give it, the broader the flavors become. Then a very slight dirtiness at the back, which is not as clear as with the mentioned 12s from Springbank.
    • Taste
      89 89
      88.5
      The attack is strong but not sharp and a dark spicy honey sweetness pushes through the mouth and the influence of the Oloroso becomes clearer with every sip without taking over.

      Back then also some matching oak.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The mouthfeel is pleasant and the finish is a little more than medium.
      With water it becomes sweeter and a bit more artificial on the nose, on the palate and on the finish, still full-bodied, but it loses its edges a bit and that's why I like it best without water and after 30 minutes of standing.

  10. rpvdwel scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  11. zzqfyl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  12. SRB scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tasted after several Rums…so …
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  13. Ringstone scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Bourbon-like notes. Alcohol comes through, only a little fruity, lots of caramel, vanilla and sugar cane. Better to grab a good bourbon right away!
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      87 87

  14. whisky666 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  15. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  16. Emperor69 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Redbreast 12 YO Cask Strength

    Country of origin: Ireland
    Category: Single Pot Still
    Distillery : New Middleton (Pernod Ricard)
    Distillation: triple
    Barrels: ex-bourbon + ex-sherry
    Aging period: 12 years
    Filtration: none
    Dye: no
    Fortress: 56.3% (cask)
    Volume: 700 ml
    Bottling date: 03/02/2021
    Batch number: B1/21

    Nose. Apricot jam with stone, light raisins and dried apricots, dates, quiche, yellow apples and pears, dried banana, papaya, mango, redcurrant and cherry jam, toffee, milk chocolate, almonds, lemon peel, furniture varnish, muesli, oatmeal, vanilla, nutmeg. Typical Irish light, "light", vanilla-fruity nose with a slight point. It takes enough time to remove the light alcohol harshness and reveal the aroma to the fullest.

    Taste. Sweet. A wealth of yellow fruits, dried fruits, jam, toffee, vanilla. Some salted almonds. Creamy creamy silk texture in the first layer. But then comes a rather strong burning sensation of spices. At first it seemed excessive to me, but then, it seems, I got used to it and is already perceived normally. Well, that spicy edge is said to be a hallmark of the Pot Still Whiskey style, so we take it for what it is. In the end, without bitterness at all, it would be liquor at all, and we don’t drink liquors. And with water and without water is perceived with a bang. The taste is not very multifaceted and complex, but it is very bright, intense, "sunny".

    Aftertaste. Long. Dryish. Concentrated fruit and dried fruit syrup, vanilla, nutmeg.

    Outcome. Really high-quality Irish whiskey, allowing you to get acquainted with the style of Pot Still Whiskey. Light (if you are used to barrel aging, otherwise just dilute with water), fruity, vanilla, well balanced. Bright, unique and interesting in its own way, but still not as versatile as other Scots and also very expensive for us, especially now.

    Rating: 86 out of 100.

  17. TimkoT scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  18. nallacam scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  19. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  20. JoachimV scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Reminds me of a bourbon in the first place. Vanilla, toffee and after a while the tropical fruit becomes more noticeable with peach, mango and dried apricots. Delicious nose!
    • Taste
      88 88
      Nice and thick and quite spicy. Peach, mango, passion fruit, toffee, pepper and a good dose of cloves.
    • Finish
      87 87
      medium length. The tropical fruit lasts for a while, along with some almonds.

      Very nice whiskey! Needs some time and water to open.

  21. Ashigaru scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

  22. Saftkenner scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Another great batch with lush tropical notes. The issue price of around €65 is fair by today's standards (2022).
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sumptuous-sweet nose with great tropical notes. Needs some time to open up. The alcohol initially brings a slight spiciness with it, but this dissipates after 5-10 minutes.
      Dates, mango, melon, coconut, pineapple, honey, vanilla, passion fruit, nougat hazelnut cream - it's funny! - and vanilla.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The attack is nice and powerful and the tropical cocktail comes straight back - a little more sour than in the nose, the passion fruit is even more present here, and there is also a good shot of lime juice. Again mango, honey, coconut, hazelnut flour, milk chocolate, vanilla.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Short to medium length finish. Very slightly dry and nutty with vanilla, pound cake and a hint of mango.

  23. Dris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  24. Defeatless scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very good expression again! Give it some time to breath and you will have a wonderful whiskey!
    • Nose
      89 89
      Fruit basket! Loads of tropical fruits in a quite concentrated way. Some camphor in the background as well as something fresh.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Little straw and a bit of ash in the beginning. Later it turns around with a lot of tropical fruitiness again. Very thick and creamy.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long and lingering. Very creamy, fruity and ripe pineapple. There is a bit of vanilla and fudge in the background. Some hay too. Fades away with almost no tannic notes.

  25. SAND scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    (TASTED BLIND - 17.04.2022)
    NOSE: Lots of citric fruitiness; lemons and grapefruit. In the background fresh banana and fresh peach. Cream custard, a little vanilla. Some sweet old wood, a little dust. With a drop of water come hay and pipe tobacco smoke. (91p)
    TASTE: Lots of citrus/citric acidity plus some sweet wood in the arrival. On the mid palate sweet lemon and orange, orange zest, old orange liqueur. (89p)
    FINISH: Orange zest, old orange liqueur. (89).
    OVERALL: Around 53-54%?. TOTAL SCORE 90 points.

  26. Rubis scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    That's a nice batch!

    Right after opening the bottle the flavour is quite dark for an irish whiskey. Very dry oak and roasted notes are dominant, but it's still clearly an irish whiskey and tastes like a Redbreast. It was lacking in the sweet zone and the alcohol presence is surely a bit too much for some. You can help it with a drop of water which will also reveal some fruit.

    Let the bottle rest for a week or two after opening it and get ready for the reward. All the fruit you are familiar with from the normal/current 12yo Redbreast will appear to complete this CS. Still there's no reduction of the massive dry/dark oaky notes. What a pleasant, beautiful and massive whiskey!

    I only wish distilleries can keep up this level of quality in the future too!

  27. Fight65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Thanks for the sample. I'm not an Irish Whiskey fan, but this bottling has a great price/performance ratio!
    • Nose
      85 85
      Dry nose - just average!
    • Taste
      88 88
      Honey-sweet and fruity, full-bodied - it's fun!
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium to long finish, slightly dry.

  28. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Compared it to two older batches (2012 and 2016). It's fresher, more bourbon-driven. The spirit used to be heavier.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Vanilla sugar, apple, raspberry and caramel. Quite bourbon-ish. Later a beer-like whiff.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Vanilla sugar, apple, glue and spice.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Vanilla pudding, green apple

  29. Casketje scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nice whiskey, you can tell there's a lot of first fill bourbon influence in this batch. It's missing some of the Irish fruitiness though (for me anyway).
    • Nose
      87 87
      Freshly sawn oak, cakey, vanilla with some spices in the background - very sweet nose, reminds me of a good bourbon actually
    • Taste
      87 87
      Spices a lot more noticeable in the taste - very oily mouthfeel, again fairly sweet and pleasantly bitter with some fruits in the background. Not as fruity let alone tropical as I'd hoped from a high quality Irish whiskey.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Fairly long actually, continuation of the taste. Little bit of bitterness but it's not disturbing.

  30. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  31. JBKwb scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  32. dapoinbua scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  33. Killswitch scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  34. final_conflict scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    Sweet smell, punch cake with oranges, peaches, and fruit jelly. There are also sweet plums in the smell. The taste is also sweet, a lot of vanilla, toffee, white chocolate, sweet cream, but also citrus. In the finish, there is a lemon tartness, slightly smokiness, yeastiness, tobacco - the original sweetness practically disappears. It warms up with the power of alcohol.

  35. DGV scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    A well-cut 12, balanced, without sharp edges, with a pleasant enveloping taste and a long finish.
    Of the derivatives - ripe yellow pear, dry grain, freshly cut grass, wild rose, raisins, chocolate wafers, honey.
    • Nose
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    • Taste
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    • Finish
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  36. Larry411 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A dark dram with bitter sour fruits. Stewed mangoes, marmalade, tangelos, coconut, watered down light roast coffee, smoked moderately hot chili peppers, buttered toast, butterscotch on sponge cake, semi-dried apricots, and a hint of pears.

    It's interesting that the 40% version is butterscotch forward with some citrus fruits while this one is fruit forward (with the fruits being more defined/identifiable) with some butterscotch. Also, the 40% has a bit of biscuitiness common in Irish pot still, whereas this one has a bit of cakiness instead.

  37. JJKATED scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  38. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    nose:
    intense, vanilla, woody, spices, fruits cooked on apples and exotic fruits, the blackcurrant seems absent
    it requires a rest period before getting into it
    stuffy:
    explosion of peppery spices, wood, tannin, almost burnt roasted coffee, it changes from 40°!
    the fruits are of course the peach, the cooked and candied apple, subtle mango, the sugar gives a little break to this maddening mouth, a little pastry, vanilla, nougat, a delight
    final:
    long, intense, the woodiness, the noble spices there, it's even difficult to deliver a note since the quality almost makes you forget all the scents, magnificent!
    to take with a starter before, the water breaks these divine scents.

  39. robse211 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  40. karloff scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    I've had the normal Redbreast a very long time ago and quite liked it, this is a different animal and also quite liked this one. Thanks to Peatbogger for the sample.
    • Nose
      83 83
      I am getting something artificial and it's strange because it's the first thing that hits you and I have trouble getting past it, maybe if I leave it a while.
      That's a bit more like it, the sherry cask is showing it's hand.
      Red berries and strong coffee.
      There is something bourbonesque about it.
    • Taste
      88 88
      This is like a hot cross bun straight out of the oven on a hot plate on a hot day.
      Nice and chewy and if I was tasting this blind I wouldn't have said it was Irish.
      This is perfectly palatable at cask strength and so it shall remain.
      Sherry notes and spice coat the mouth.
    • Finish
      87 87
      From the first initial blast the finish is long and more calming.
      There is a creamy texture left right at the death.

  41. Goethe scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A great 12 year old Redbreast at cask strength. This version is quite tropical and nutty.
    Concerning price/performance ratio: 9/10
    • Nose
      Some glue, pineapple, sweet honey with pine, vanilla, fruits (mango and other tropical fruits getting more present with some water).
    • Taste
      Pineapple, apples, again some glue, citrus, spicy, red pepper, sweet wood sticks. With water a bunch of fruits.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Some exotic fruits, a bunch of nuts, hints of cloves. With water a bunch of fruits more. Spicy oak.

  42. GlasMost scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I have to admit, I love the Redbreast 21. This batch of the 12CS clearly has the same DNA. A little less tropical fruit like mango, papaya and honeymelon but more punch. I will have to blend both to see the result. This little experiment should be really interesting. A steal for under 60£/€/$. E150 colorant sucks though.
    • Nose
      89 89
      some drops of water help a lot
    • Taste
      90 90
      watered it down to my sweet spot just around 50%,
      amazing quality.
    • Finish
      88 88
      can't quite keep up with the nose and taste. Medium length.

  43. peatbogger scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    I've had the "normal" 12YO and found it to be an OK slightly above average Irish. Getting it at cask strength raised it to another level. The lighter profile of Irish needs this extra punch to be interesting, and if it gets too hot you always got the option to water it down yourself.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Sweet and fruity, zesty yellow orange, yet not as tropical as I find most Irish.
      Vanilla oak with a spicy edge.
      Vegetal, greenery, thistle.
      Water removes a lot of the alc feel and opens up more nuances nicely.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Creamy texture.
      Sweet and spicy arrival. Pleasantly hot.
      Apple juice
      Water makes it naturally less hot, but it still packs a lot of spice.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long and quite spicy. Fades slow and steady.
      Dramtically shortened by water.

  44. Comet67 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  45. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 87 points Super Administrator

    Quick hit review.

    It's hard to find an Irish whiskey with a craft presentation, so this is as good as it gets. On the nose, whiffs of lime juice, peach and sawdust mix with wood spices, black pepper and grass. Fruity-sweet and floral, the taste convinces with gingerbread, green apples and balanced oak notes. The cask strength ensures a long and satisfying finish. You can't go wrong with this Redbreast, it's good value for money!

    RATING: 4.0/5.0 stars ≙ 87 pts → FIRST-CLASS

  46. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  47. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Like the previous batch, it needs a bit of a nose to get going. You can speed up this procedure by adding a few drops of water, but it doesn't have to be, giving time is also sufficient. And when the necessary time has passed, it really revs up so that you can once again congratulate yourself on buying this bottling.
    • Nose
      90 90
      A bit closed at first, after a while a basket full of tropical fruits appears: passion fruit, papaya, mango, dragonfruit, banana. But also dried figs and raisins, which together with a note of nougat chocolate form the foundation. Increasing spice, whereby the individual components cannot be separated from one another: simply a spice rack.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Dry and not too violent start, the 56.3% glide comfortably over the tongue. Creamy, fat and full, again with a good portion of tropical fruits. Nougat, almond chocolate, toffee, caramel. Quite early the pot still spices, which first delight the palate with a good portion of pepper, only to become a bit more tame a little later with allspice, marjoram, tarragon, thyme and cumin. The tropical fruits from the beginning took a little break in between, but are now surging again. I like that very much when flavors that have already been ticked off and said goodbye drop by again.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium to long finish, indeed. You don't really trust a 12yo, but it happens quite often with Redbreast. I put it down to the pot still spices, thanks to the large proportion of unmalted barley. Grated Nutmeg, Fresh Ginger, Clove Powder, Thyme. Plus nougat, almonds, rapeseed honey.

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