Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Pot Still
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
Sherry Casks / Bourbon Barrels
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
New Label (Old Midleton Pot Still)
Added on
15 Dec 2011 10:25 pm

Average value

€ 47.95

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373 × member ratings

807 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Redbreast 12-year-old

47 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.61 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. samuelmi scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

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

  3. 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.

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Malthead19 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    - 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

  7. Teomarg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Teomarg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  9. 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

  10. Igitor scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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


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