Redbreast 12-year-old

Overall rating
83.59/100
votes
403
Whiskybase ID
WB28100
Category
Single Pot Still
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2011
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Sherry Casks / Bourbon Barrels
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
New Label (Old Midleton Pot Still)
Barcode
5011007008345
Added on
15 dec 2011 10:25 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 44.87

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403 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Redbreast 12-year-old

48 users have left 52 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.59 points.

  1. DaroKO37 scored this whisky 75 points Member Junior

    for this price I can easly find more complex whiskey

  2. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. 88bamboo did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    This is a great bottle at its price range – it is a rather straightforward flavour profile of vanilla and sherry sweetness that may be said to be tried and tested to be widely popular with all folks. It is also very flavourful considering its 40.0% ABV.

    Anyone who enjoys Christmas cake with dried fruits, or toasted raisin buns would enjoy this, and a simple man like me certainly does. At its price range, I would recommend any alcoholic to include the Redbreast 12 in his personal collection as a go-to drink, and if not, as something for his friends who are just beginning to drink whiskey (or whiskey).

    Link to review: https://88bamboo.co/blogs/the-bamboo-post/redbreast-12-years-old-new-midleton-distillery-40-0-ob
    • Nose
      In the glass, the whiskey is a deep amber indicative of a long sherry maturation.

      On the nose, the whiskey leads with moderate vanilla with lightly toasted almonds and walnuts. This develops into a clean sweet fragrance of Sherried fruits, such as raisins and cranberries. There is a slight floral fragrance and fresh cut grass.
    • Taste
      On my tasting, a surprisingly sweet first act, with vanilla, cereal and honey-roasted almonds, with growing notes of caramelized apple. The sweet malty notes are very very clean and crisp, indeed true to its Irish triple-distilled character.

      In the midst of it, some sherry and spice grow on my palate, although it felt rather subtle because my attention was focused on the sweet and light malt. Once I caught notes of some dark fruits, I do realise the “sherry undertones” advertised on the label are indeed present and further sips draw me closer. There is a flavourful but well-rounded sherry note with raisins, cranberries, hawthorn candy flakes (山楂) and a bit of woodiness from the toasted barrel. Very very slight leatheriness and spice accompany the dry fruits. The texture is velvety and lovely, and I really like the marriage of equals between the clean and sweet vanilla flavours on one hand and sherry notes and spice on the other. Neither profile overwhelms the other, which leaves me to be able to enjoy both.
    • Finish
      The finish is long, with raisins and hawthorn candy, and warming ginger spice. While the flavours are light and crisp, the texture is not just smooth but somewhat creamier and more velvety than Scottish single malt- perhaps I am thinking too much but I would attribute this difference to the unmalted barley used for Irish.

  4. GJR scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  5. JoachimV scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Very nice whiskey for its price, surprising despite the 40%!
    • Nose
      Sweet cherries, gummy bears, coconuts and apricot
    • Taste
      Very soft: cherries, marzipan, tropical fruit, a little bay leaf and small pepper
    • Finish
      Medium, marzipan, coconuts and raisins

  6. Burch scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Love this whiskey. One of the quintessential Irish whiskeys. Elegant with lots of character.

    Note: Toffee, apricot, toasted marshmallow, coconut.
    Palate: Silky. Unmistakably Irish. Toasted oak, banana bread, vanilla, slightly spicy.
    Finish: Starts with a dry cereal then turns sweeter - banana bread again, caramel, slight coffee in the end.

  7. Malthead19 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    - an already quite complex and good representative of one
    Irish single pot still whiskeys
    - not comparable and significantly better than the classic
    well-known cheaper Irish blend brands
    - quite strong for an Irishman, full of character and powerful
    - at around 40 € a proud price but also has a lot to offer
    • Nose
      delicate flavor, oak, fruit, sweetish, fudge, subtle sherry
    • Taste
      peppery spicy start, very pleasantly mild and malty on the palate, sweetness, vanilla, oak
    • Finish
      medium-long, strong, warm finish;
      medium-long, slightly sharp aftertaste

  8. Teomarg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  9. samuelmi scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    Perfect value dram. Only better value would have to be glendronach parliament.

  10. Teomarg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  11. robbert88 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Surprised by my first single pot still! This certainly makes you want more.
    • Nose
      Sherry, apple, wood, vanilla, apple pie, lots of bourbon influences such as butterscotch, marzipan, creamy, coconut. Maybe even a hint of cherry bonbons
    • Taste
      Super soft! Full and creamy mouthfeel. Coconut, apples, dried fruit, cinnamon, tropical fruit, sherry.
    • Finish
      Surprisingly long for a whiskey with 40% abv. Cinnamon, pepper and sherry, vanilla.

      With a 2 drop of water more oily

  12. Igitor scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Creme brule
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  13. schengel10 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    A great, interesting and cheap "Irish Pure Pot Still" - well done!
    • Nose
      78 78
      first spice, oak, then fruit (apples, peach, raisins), caramel, clearly vanilla;
    • Taste
      79 79
      mild sweet onset, then grainy, malty, noticeably peppery spiciness, citrus fruits, toffee, honey, vanilla, oak;
    • Finish
      78 78
      medium-length, soft finish; Oak and caramel sound like;

  14. dandyman scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The first bottle of this I had back in '07, and I have to admit, not much has changed since. Still one of my all time favourites. I love the irish pot still style in general, it really appeals to me with a unique, undistinguishable and cryptic cereal complexity.
    In the case of Redbreast 12, a distinct creaminess and berry/wood complexity is added, with probably the most elegant oakiness in any standard bottling, alongside an outstanding balance.
    If it weren't for the short finish, which makes it even harder to stop quaffing this stuff, 'cause it's already so moreish, and the legal minimum strength, this would be 90 points territory easy.
    The particular bottle I reviewed was probably bottled in 2014, as it carries this label and bears the bottling code L414131090.
    • Nose
      crushed raspberries with vanilla custard and some woodsap, whipped cream, white chocolate, slightly roasted sunflower seeds, muesli, some faint sultanas, a hint of coconut, develops some tangy notes after a moment, a little nutmeg, muscovado sugar, caffè latte, a subtle, yet quite juicy but elegant european oak note is omnipresent throughout.
    • Taste
      very creamy & smooth arrival, primarily a glimpse of this elegant european oak note, then come the raspberries, raspberry jam even, with vanilla custard and whipped cream, more tangy notes start to develop with caffè latte, a little muscovado sugar, this elegant dark polished european oak note shows up again, enigmatically cereally as well, suddenly becomes fresher with quite some mint, just to turn a little bitter towards the end with a hint of nutmeg, overall a medium body with nice intensity and depth, creamy mouthfeel, stunning balance.
    • Finish
      vanilla, coconut grates, oak sap, caffè latte, some sultanas, shortish.

  15. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Perfect balance in all areas, both the nose and the mouth and the finish. It is a great classic. It's round, deep and quite oaky, the sherry is not at all overwhelming, there is just what it takes to make the whole work. Cereal and malty nose, more on pumpkin and butternut than on red fruits. Gourmet palate with a touch of paprika. The finish is very long, on marzipan or even speculoos. Some spices. It's really well made.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/11/redbreast-12-yo.html
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  16. Lorion scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Very tasty and quite delicious. A flatterer, simple but good. 78 points.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Sweet vanilla. Shortbread. Honey. Very soft, light and pleasant. Nothing bothers, nothing pushes. Strawberries with vanilla pudding. Some marzipan. Oak also spices, but in the background and very pleasant. The nose is delicious. Simple, but tasty.
    • Taste
      79 79
      Soft, velvety. Again, the butter biscuits. Honey. Red Apple. Suggested, but hardly interpretable spice. Milk coffee in the dessert.
    • Finish
      75 75
      Short to medium. Coffee lasts the longest, honey and apple fade faster.

  17. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Irish whiskey as it’s supposed to be. Has me reeeeeally curious to try the cask strength version.

    Nose: Huge Bourbon influence: marzipan, coconut, oranges, banana and kiwi. I’m even tempted to say: starfruit. Sweet and creamy, with a slightly spicy background of cloves and, perhaps, cinnamon. Only after wading through a regular ocean of Bourbon aromas does a shy hint of nutty, rich and leathery Oloroso maturation announce itself (it‘s late to the party, but fashionably late). The initial Bourbon-Fest may be too much for some, but there‘s no denying that hugely active casks of considerable quality were used here. Some scotches should take a page out of Redbreast‘s book, that‘s for sure.

    Taste: Creamy, soft, full, fruity, then a nice kick of prickly, oaky tanninicity (if that‘s a word). Not too thin or watery; good body for 40%. Sweet almond paste and maraschino cherries. Elegantly dry at the end. Coffee and cocoa in the finish. Less of a journey, taste-wise, than Green Spot, but still quality stuff. Perhaps just a tiny bit consensual, middle-of-the-road in the taste department. Also, the sherry influence is decidedly modern in nature, i.e., somewhat saccharine and syrupy.

    Finish: After the coffee and cocoa notes subside, some fruit lingers, as do the Bourbon aromas (vanilla, coconut, creamy banana). Nice balance of dusty oak bitterness and soft fruity sweetness. Less dusty than the Green Spot though, which I’m tasting in comparison. Respectable length for the minimum strength. Sadly, a "neutral", alcoholic echo also reverberates.

  18. knopfler99 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A nice malt, quite pleasant to drink. Overall, the taste is not as good as in the nose and the finish is not very much left over, the flavors lose themselves quite quickly. A little one-dimensional but fine for the price.
    • Nose
      86 86
      When the sample is opened, Amarena cherry is released first. In the glass, this then fades into the background and it offers the nose rumors of raisins, (dried) apple, vanilla and peach.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Spicy in the mouth, with a fresh apple, you can taste citrus and the wood is fine in the background.
    • Finish
      81 81
      a hint of warmed cinnamon remains in the mouth. A short finish.

  19. Kumachan scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A whikey perfectly balanced, gourmand and elegant, fine, an ally of aperitifs. Despite being 40%, it does not weaken and keeps its complexity. Bravo. If it had to be given a subjective note, it would be a 88
    • Nose
      Single pot Still: from Still pot stills and distilled three times. Golden yellow dress, long tears, few and slow. It is very floral and delicate. White flowers, acacia, rose, honey. A toasted side, roasted coconut, black pepper and yellow brulee. Elegance!
    • Taste
      Great finesse, dry and tender, on the white flowers, beeswax, a nice taste of blackcurrant still disbudded. The fresh coconut, yellow brugnon, rose petals. Finesse and freshness on pink grapefruit.
    • Finish
      Medium long finish on rose petal and vine peach.

  20. Cubey666 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    really typical Irish whiskey, could use a bit more complexity perhaps
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  21. Helgo scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Light sweet nose with oranges, limes and yellow peach. Something malty and cinnamon. Soft and oily in the mouth. Harmonious with juice oranges and subtle roasted aromas. Medium-long, solid finish.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  22. Achany scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  23. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    A delicious Irish for in between, the finish depends a little later taste.
    • Nose
      Has something of bourbon, malt, vanilla, fresh bright fruits, oak, already typically Irish, some roasted oak vllt.
    • Taste
      Again, these creamy, malty notes with vanilla, followed by gentle peppery spiciness, but also fruit like apple, citrus and toffee
    • Finish
      Medium length, oak with malt, peppery

  24. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, cereals, grass, vanilla, fine oak and ripe fruits! In the mouth, creamy sweetness, a little spicy, blackcurrant, apples a little caramelized, vanilla again, simple and effective! In the final, all these aromas endure at the bottom of the glass, then the desire to take a tear, because of a rather short finish. A good simple dram, fruity, low alcohol!

  25. Allandale scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Very nice this Redbreast. Worth while.
    • Nose
      A complex,spicy and fruity aroma with toasted -wood notes evident.
    • Taste
      Full flavored and complex,harmonious  balance of spicy, creamy, fruity , sherry and toasted  notes.
    • Finish
      Pleasant. Long. The complex flavours linger on the palate.

  26. 11insomnium scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Nosing: Fresh sherry, fruity, light vanilla, young barrels

    Tasting: Sweet, strong, spicy sherry, hint of mint

    With water: more aromatic and softer

    Comment: For a 12-year-old very pleasant, surprisingly positive, although not overly complex

  27. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Very tasty Irish, beginner friendly, but still not too boring or simple.
    • Nose
      Custard with fruits (cooked cherries and plums), cinnamon, slightly burned (flamed)
    • Taste
      full and sweet, creamy, milk chocolate, nougat, some pepper
    • Finish
      long, milk chocolate, pepper

  28. jankes scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  29. Sandman scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Prima whiskey, but the CS variant enjoys my preference. My notes from 27-9-2014
    • Nose
      Vanilla, honey, hint of orange, raisins. With water: lemon and fruit
    • Taste
      Oily, chocolate, nuts, spices, notes of sherry and dried fruit
    • Finish
      Medium, peppery and dried fruit

  30. Helgo scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A beautiful Irish whiskey, which is not too complex, but not too easy knit. Very fruity and slightly dry to the end.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  31. Shane_IL scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Quite a lovely and approachable dram.
    • Nose
      Coconut cookies. Vanilla. Sultanas. Banana ice cream. Bit of sawdust. Dry cut grass. 
    • Taste
      Very different to the nose, more dry here. Quite woody. Dry grass. White pepper. Powdered cinnamon on pancakes. 
    • Finish
      Long. White pepper. Nutmeg. Sultanas. Almost a brandy-like note. 

  32. Peter87 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  33. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  34. Opeth83 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    2cl sample
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  35. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    09/2015
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  36. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    For me, one of the best single pot stills.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Full, spicy, leathery, overripe dark fruits
    • Taste
      90 90
      Creamy, oily, full. The taste instantly spreads throughout the mouth. It first corresponds to the nose, then comes a delicate peppery note, which blends wonderfully with the fruits.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Incredibly long and intense, a long-lasting echo of the nose and palate. Sweet fruits are dominant.

  37. Akoo scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A Whiskey of simplicity that is only equaled by its effectiveness. It's good and recreational. The archetype of Irish whiskey, well done and mastered.
    • Nose
      here we have a fairly pastry profile, with a good dose of cream, almond, cereals, vanilla and coconut. It's quite fresh, with nice scents of fresh mint and lemon. Ripe fruits are also present with notably peach and apricots. Otherwise, well, nothing fudge ...
    • Taste
      Very sweet, well controlled, with nice notes of fruit: peach, apricot, plum, but also, something rarer in whiskey, blackcurrant, blueberry. With this creamy texture and all these fruits, we find the pastry side. The low degree of alcohol allows us to take full advantage of these rather light aromas. It's not a monster of complexity, but everything is in its place and the pleasure is there.
    • Finish
      Rather short, but intense. The fruit notes predominate.

  38. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  39. Hvdree scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  40. Rom scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Light oak on the nose, white and yellow fruits. Mouth very fruity and light but the reduction hurts him in terms of intensity. Easy to drink.

  41. zinaf scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    The palette was much better. I guess the solvent note was more apparent on the nose.
    • Nose
      Toffee. There is something very strange in this nose. Grassy, some solvent perhaps. Citrus and roasted coffee beans.
    • Taste
      Sweet arrival. Salt, some green fruits. Hint of pepper. Grains - cereals. The solvent is still there.
      Water: more acidic (sour).
    • Finish
      Medium. Sweet and mellow; apple peels; some butter scotch.

  42. Bishlouk scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    An entry level well done and pleasant. A stallion among the Irish.
    • Nose
      Fresh and grassy on the moss hanging on the stone in an undergrowth. Dried fruits, a little wood dust. Some sweet spices. A sherry influence is clearly perceptible.
    • Taste
      A little soft and watery, big reduction requires. Dry, woody. Bitterness of fruit peel, and dried fruit.
    • Finish
      A little soft and watery, big reduction requires. Dry, woody. Bitterness of fruit peel, and dried fruit.

  43. Ivynor scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A nice surprise, a nice whiskey with a nice fruity. 6% more would have been a good idea.
    • Nose
      sweet, fruity, ripe apple and pear, without bitterness, some plum and plum, caramel and wood. Rather creamy
    • Taste
      slightly creamy, sweet, it reminds me of the original werther's, with cocoa, milk chocolate. Always plum and cherry plum.
    • Finish
      Short, vanilla, caramel cream

  44. Brett scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    This is a classic Irish Whiskey in nearly every way.  Smooth, approachable, one might almost say happy--like an Irish Setter; Deeply likable.

    On the nose this dram treated me to sweet, creamy, vanilla, caramelized sugar, and a tiny hint of Orange citrus.  On the palate, flavors danced like sprites across the tongue.  I tasted all the same flavors that I'd enjoyed on the nose, with the vanilla coming out in spades.  The finish was regrettably short but incredibly smooth.  Mouthfeel was rich, viscous and very pleasant, and leant some gravity to what might have been too frivolous a drink.  The dram was comforting and approachable.  It reminded me of Christmas time or perhaps a warm summer day with a vanilla malt.

  45. The Whisky Cyclist scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This is my favourite Irish whiskey. Like the sherry which are in the whiskey a lot. A well balanced Irish pottstill.

  46. Xstream scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Great sweet whiskey. Good one for after dinner!
    • Nose
      First thing i get is coffee liqueur. Malt, orange, cream, sweet dates, raisin, caster sugar, sirup, marzipan, pudding, vanilla, creme brulee. 
    • Taste
      Nice oily texture. Orange, abricots, milk chocolate, cream, nuts, sherry, sugary and some spices in the mix too like nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger.   
    • Finish
      Spicy and peppery. Oak, dried fruits like dates and raisin. Dry and quite long.

  47. ThS scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Very marked by the bourbon cask and less fruity than previous batches. Very cereal but very good anyway.

  48. Gronqvist scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Luscious barley and malt, orange, sweet dates, raisins, Rome, Sherry / Port wine, sugar, flax seeds and nuts. 
    • Taste
      Malt, oak, orange, sherry, dates, sugar cane, molasses, ginger and pecans. 
    • Finish
      Long and spicy with honey, dates, apricots, marzipan, sugar cane, Sherry and licorice.

  49. HunterRomario scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Smooth, delicate scent with a soft fruity-flower-sherry touch, cocoa. Ireland is obvious to her, but fortunately in that good. (83 b)
    • Taste
      Faithful reflection of the scent. Sweet, beautifully smooth soft taste with fruit and a little fragrance. Finish slightly toast. (83 b)

  50. Igor scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Juicy-fresh, sour lime, kiwi?, whitewash, zefir, castor sugar, some creaminess there, a slice of sponge cake and a faint vanilla ice cream note.
    • Taste
      Acrid start, quite poignant firstly, rough buckwheat honey sweetness, ginger nut (biscuity), cinnamon quill?, persimmon, dried apricots. Continues on crème caramel with oatmeal raisin cookies, Madeira cake.
    • Finish
      Citric pungency spreads out lastly, a drop of condensed milk to it, touches of macaroons and orange marmalade.

  51. fop scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    The second bottle i bougt. Still very good

  52. alectron scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Nice as usual and pretty similar to the last batches of the previous design, although it seems to have turned a tad more coconut-y.

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