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Redbreast 12-year-old

Overall rating
83.51/100
votes
357
Category
Single Pot Still
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Irish Distillers Ltd
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
Colored

Average value

€ 47.95

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Whisky Reviews for Redbreast 12-year-old

43 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.51 points

  1. Fred Labosch 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.

  2. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Perfect balance in all areas, as much as the nose and mouth and the finish. It's a classic. It's round, deep and quite woody, the sherry is not at all intrusive, there's just what it takes for the whole thing to work. The finish is long, on marzipan even speculoos. Some spices. It's really well made.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  3. 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.

  4. Teomarg scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  5. robbert88 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    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

  6. Igitor scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  7. 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;

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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