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Redbreast 12-year-old

Overall rating
83.56/100
votes
297
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
Barcode
5011007008345
Added on
15 Dec 2011 10:30 pm
Colored

Average value

€ 43,40

Whisky Reviews for Redbreast 12-year-old

39 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.56 points

  1. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    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

  2. 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.

  3. midnite scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    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.

  4. knopfler99 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81

  5. knopfler99 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    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 ok for the price.
    • Nose
      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
      Spicy in the mouth, with a fresh apple, you can taste citrus and the wood is fine in the background.
    • Finish
      a hint of warmed cinnamon remains in the mouth.

  6. Kumachan scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    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.

  7. Cubey666 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  8. 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

  9. Achany scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

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

  10. ColdAesthetics 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

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