Redbreast 12 YO Cask Strength
Country of origin: Ireland
Category: Single Pot Still
Distillery : New Middleton (Pernod Ricard)
Barrels: ex-bourbon + ex-sherry
Aging period: 12 years
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.