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.
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.
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.
vanilla, coconut grates, oak sap, caffè latte, some sultanas, shortish.