Redbreast 15-year-old

Overall rating
85.43/100
votes
273
Whiskybase ID
WB22545
Category
Single Pot Still
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2011
Stated Age
15 years old
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L109531120
Barcode
5011007019518
Added on
27 may 2011 11:19 pm
Non-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 80.16

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273 × member ratings

420 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Redbreast 15-year-old

37 users have left 39 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.43 points.

  1. Merl scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      80 80

  2. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Honey, cereals, gingerbread, rum baba. It's soft, round, almost spongy. Very ripe fruit, pear, peach, but soon the sherry rises. Quite oaky, more fig and leather than red fruits. Salted butter caramel. Hazelnut, olive oil. On the palate, nice smoothness, it's milky, delicately vanilla, on a very cereal background, well it's Irish. Then plums, blackcurrant, some spices, paprika, pepper and turmeric, ginger, quince, fermented grapes. Rather long finish, on the biscuit, more cereals, dry earth, saffron, soft caramel.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2021/08/redbreast-15-yo.html
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. Funtik scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

  4. Nestheth scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    A tad too much spiciness and sourness. A tad too little abv. or tangible frame.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Apple, berries. Something fresh with a synthetic feel, perhaps just alcohol. Hints of sweetness, like chocolate and vanilla.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Berries, sourness, lemon. A burning sensation, spice/alcohol. A tangible frame. Not robust, tho. Perhaps this is the advertised creaminess. A few drops of water might be a good idea.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Spicy dryness.

  5. LoverCop1989 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very nice! Balanced sherry-heavy fruity pot still! Price / performance ratio is perfectly fine! I don't like it as much as 12-year-old CS!
    • Nose
      87 87
      very fruity (dark and tropical fruits (including banana, pineapple)), vanilla, sherry, sweet, slightly spicy
    • Taste
      87 87
      Strongly spicy, fruity, sweet, nutty, light vanilla note, clear oak influence, towards the end oily and a little bit tart, strong salivation
    • Finish
      86 86
      long, very spicy, strong oak, fruity, malty (slightly bitter)

  6. tw_xbein scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    very nice tasty, with the character of a fine aromatic Irish whiskey (21.11.2011)
    • Nose
      80 80
      very aromatic, lovely like marzipan and vanilla
    • Taste
      82 82
      very mild, light body, oily in glass,
      Aromas of Christmas spices, very fine aromatic
    • Finish
      79 79
      rather mild

  7. Captain.Islay scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very well composed Irish whiskey, good drinking strength. Due to the range of flavors ideal for Christmas and Advent, it does not get boring quickly.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Vanilla, wild honey, cinnamon, marzipan, spice stick, baked apple, orange, Christmas spices, gingerbread, plum
    • Taste
      85 85
      Honey, vanilla, creamy, marzipan, orange, truffle, dried plum, cinnamon
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium long, dry, orange cake, milk chocolate, almond liqueur, nut oil

  8. MrYens scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  9. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Fruity-soft Irishman. Alright, but somehow not the complete high flyer. OK, it would have been almost ne 2

  10. Glenjasper scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  11. Hupsende Hippie scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Raisin
    • Taste
      Light sherry influence, soft sweet mild and delicious. A bit stale.
    • Finish
      Long and soft sweet

  12. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Nice Irish one, accessible, fresh and pleasant aroma's and flavours.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Fresh and fruity, apples, some citrus, furniture polish. Also some earthy tones, an autumn forest after a rainshower. Later on sweet, vanilla cake.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Sweet, fresh and fruity. Vanilla, citrus, apples, again these sort of earthy tones. Slightly pungent, pretty full taste.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Still a little pungent, fruity and sweet, some honey, citrus. Middlelong finish, still some feeling of a moisterous autumn forest.

  13. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Sweet, red apples, allspices, christmas cake, fresh, furniture polish notes on nose.

    Dried fruits, apples, sweet, oak cask notes on taste. 

    Long finish with spices, oak cask, apples and vanilla notes.

  14. mema82 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  15. Jean Ginster scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I like it. I think these potstills from Ireland have a typical intense fruity spiciness.
    • Nose
      fruity, yellow fruits, with caramel and vanilla. Intensive. Direction pear, quince, with a fairly pronounced spiciness.
    • Taste
      first sweet, then fruity, quince and mint with a sweet intensive seasoning. Some lemon mixed with vanilla.
    • Finish
      medium. it leaves the oak spice with a slight fruity sweetness, with mint.

  16. fgg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  17. fgg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very fine Irishman.
    • Nose
      Very rich fruity nose, sweet fruit, tropical fruits like pineapple, mango, peach. A touch of vanilla underneath.
    • Taste
      Soft, fruity taste. Small bitterness in the background. Rich and full.
    • Finish
      Beautiful, full, creamy finish. Medium.

  18. Allandale scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Different and much better than the 12. years. 46% is better.
    • Nose
      Aromas of fruit compote, cinnamon and clove. A good clean streak running through it, but the rich spiciness  dominates.
    • Taste
      A touch drier than expected, with austere peppery spice, making its presence felt, but sweetened up with spicy oak and fresh apple and mango.
    • Finish
      Dry peppery and spicy.

  19. Goethe scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Here you have the Irish thick character from the single Pot Still.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 8/10
    • Nose
      Sweet fruity sherry. Berries (gooseberry, blackberry), apples, caramel, raisins, roasted almonds.
    • Taste
      Sweet fruity sherry again. Berries cooked and stewed. Some leather way in the back.
    • Finish
      Medium. Red and dark fruit gums. Some vegetables in the back.

  20. Helgo scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Blindtasting Christmas Goblins TWS 2016

    Tip: Redbreast? Must be an Irishman in any case. Very soft and balanced. But in the end again with strength. The 12 of RB I have in the closet and he is actually one of my favorite Irish and he comes here very close!

    Resolution: WID: 22545 Redbreast 15yo 46%

    Very beautiful! Many Thanks. I did not know that yet. A very good starter. Makes you want to more...
    • Nose
      Lots of berries, mild, spicy, some oak and caramel
    • Taste
      Very creamy and soft. Potstill? Nuts, toffee, nougat
    • Finish
      Creamy, medium length with decent oak

  21. St. Pauli scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Well-balanced and well-made whiskey. Definitely one for the category spicy & sweet, but an essential dram.
    • Nose
      Bourbon-y,  with sweet malt, kindergarten glue, pine needles, juniper, and fudge. It's all well pronounced, but gentle. 
    • Taste
      Oily and sweet, very pleasant with a gentle touch of spice. The bourbon-like influence becomes even more evident, with it's glue-ish and pine needle taste. The fudge and cinnamon are well in balance, and there is some soft pepper.
    • Finish
      Relatively short, but it keeps returning. Now, the warming spice gets louder. It's a good mix of sweet and spicy. 

  22. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A showdown between Colin Dunn vs Joe Clark. Three drams each, blind. Joe's no.#2
    N: Burnt butterscotch, creamy fudge, grain like,... Malted & unsalted barley - so it could be Irish.
    T: Again, a little butterscotch. Strong, gravelly and seemingly stronger than the last four drams [starting here WB]. Edgy, grain led development 
    F: Takes time to unravel and finishes well.
    C: Why did the Irish use un-malted barley - because of the malt tax imposed on them. This works, it's style and character both strong. Now Colin's final dram: WB

    Scores a C+

  23. kot1803 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  24. Defeatless scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Sweet nose, to my liking, some peach, caramelcream, some hard candy. there is a waxy nose in there, like in Clynelish.

    Taste: sweet, gentle, oily, nutty,

    Body: nice thick and oily.

    Finish: medium: Light bitter tones, followed by some oak notes.

    Price: a little expensive

    Presentation: Decent classic look.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  25. zinaf scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very nice sipping whiskey. An improvement over the regular 12yo, but the 12CS is more tasty.
    • Nose
      Quite fiery on the nose. Grassy, green notes in general. Then some honey and bees wax develops. Very light engine oil note.    With time develops some ripe fruit notes (apricots).
      Water doesn't change it much
    • Taste
      Sweet arrival. Sherry, dry fuits mix, hint of salt, sweet fruits,
      Good mouth feel, nice body, not too thick though. A balanced mix of spices with cinnamon and clove.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, polished wood, and fruity and vanilla. water adds some fudge over-note (rather plain vanilla)

  26. Glennie scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    It's good but not as good as I hoped for.

    Irish whiskey is certainly undergoing a positive development. But miracles don't hapend that fast.

    The hype makes them quite expensive. I must say that the price/quality ratio is better with scotch single malt despite the price increases we see there.

    However, for the sake of variation I will be buying more Irish whiskey in the future. It's definitely on my radar now.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      82 82

  27. Dalm did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Aroma: sherry, fruity, pineapple, apples, sweet malt, some oak
    Taste: strong, sherry, peppery spice, oak
    Finish: long, spicy, oak

  28. michevinyl scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    refreshing good 89p
    • Nose
      Fruity fine fragrance, vanilla, honey, pear, kiwi
    • Taste
      Creamy fruit, light seasoning, grain, more fruit, buttercup
    • Finish
      Medium fennel, orange, carnation, menthol

  29. filleadh mhòr scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    tells you stories about irish settlers loving caribbean girls.  
    • Nose
      there is a "familienähnlichkeit" (family resemblance??) to the 12 CS, but in the same time it's quite different. we know many irishs emigrated to america mainly in 19th century, so they obviously got mixed up with native americans. the 12 CS has north american ancestors, this one has got some middle american roots - no doubts about that. this nose is a caribbean nose. rhum agricole: fresh sugar cane, black olives sprinkled with lime, some tar, wax, apple peelings. I'm not one hundred per cent sure this is whiskey in the glass. it's really rummy. easy being. legs up.   
    • Taste
      there is clearly a good proportion of fine quality caribbean rhum poured in this irish whiskey. lots of black olives in lemon juice, there is a flowery side too, herbs, just a touch of pepper comes up.
    • Finish
      good length. very refreshing.  

  30. filleadh mhòr scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  31. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  32. FernetBranco scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  33. Akoo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    An Irish whiskey that has nothing to the famous scotch (or fashion, it is according to ...). It's fine, delicate, complex, everything having a power more than adequate. The final remains its weak point, but this mix fruit / exotic fruits / red fruits / spices and really a treat.
    • Nose
      compared to 12 years, it is clear that the degree of alcohol is a little higher. The first nose bears notes of varnish, solvent, wax. It's pretty closed. You really have to go for the aromas, which are revealed little by little: vanilla, exotic fruits, peach, apricot, grape, apple, a little drier things also with cereals, hazelnuts, and then a little chocolate milk, and some spices. It's surprisingly rich with a bit of openness.
    • Taste
      it's delicate and complex. The texture is creamy, highlighting fruits such as peach, apricot, but also dried fruits such as currants. As with the little brother, here we find notes of red fruits, such as gooseberry and blackcurrant. Some spices add to all this: cardamom and cinnamon. And then, to perfect this beautiful pastry, a small pinch of almond.
    • Finish
      long on fruits, spices and milk chocolate.

  34. Cicero did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    certainly a good whiskey,
    but nevertheless I do not get really warm with the Irish
    • Nose
      an Irishman; This typical and difficult to describe "Irish note" is immediately there soft
      floral and fruity
      Vanilla, roasted malt and raisins
    • Taste
      spicy start, then gently behind
      again floral-fruity
      the "Irish note" is there too
    • Finish
      spicy, slightly dry, not bitter

  35. Hans-Ludwig scored this whisky 86 points Shoplink Moderator

    The redbreast is the color of dark copper. On the nose first of all medical notes, then floral and fruity elements. There are citrus notes and also tropical fruits. Slightly grassy notes in the background. In the mouth are sweet fruits, orange and some hay. After a while, there is a touch of caramel and a very light, bitter note. The finish leaves a clear sweetness and some wood back.
    A very tasty drop. He appears older than 15 years. The gentle taste makes him almost dangerous.

  36. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A good, complex and interesting dram. It feels older than 15 on the nose but younger than 15 on the palate. I found it better the first time I tasted it a couple of years ago. However, I am not disappointed that I bought a whole bottle and will definitely enjoy it with good friends.

    (Rating interval 84-88p)
    • Nose
      A both fruity and floral nose with marzipan, almonds, elder flower and some hay. Also a bit grainy with some incecticide notes (not in a bad way)
    • Taste
      A full delivery on the palate, mouth filling, nuts with bitter almonds leading the way, red apples and some dark fruits. pepper corn and oak is followed by a nip of alcohol.
    • Finish
      The finish is creamy, spicy and nutty and again the elder flowers appear together with violet, herbs and bitter wood.

  37. TDMartijn scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Typical sherry-cask matured whiskey, I like this one over the 12yrs and the 12yrs cask-strength version.
    • Nose
      Lots of sherry-casks in the vatting. Raisins, nuts, chocolate: the works. Flowers and fruit, spicey.
    • Taste
      Raisins, nuts, chocolate etc. again. More flowers and fruit.
    • Finish
      Long and warming.

  38. alectron scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      grapefruit, pear & pineapple ester, flowers, atificial lemon, woody dryness, (87)
    • Taste
      perfumy sweetness, spikey/prickly, woody dryness, vanilla, (82)
    • Finish
      more woody vanilla, fruit gums, (88)

  39. mmaclean scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This is in the new packaging and I have included a photo if anyone would like to edit it. Still the same old recipe, however that being said is wonderful and nothing short of, thank goodness there`s some left!

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