- Single Pot Still
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Irish Distillers Ltd
- Stated Age
- 12 years old
- Sherry Casks / Bourbon Barrels
- 40.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- New Label
- Added on
- 15 Dec 2011 10:30 pm
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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
- 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.
- Very tasty and quite delicious. A flatterer, simple but good. 78 points.
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.
Soft, velvety. Again, the butter biscuits. Honey. Red Apple. Suggested, but hardly interpretable spice. Milk coffee in the dessert.
Short to medium. Coffee lasts the longest, honey and apple fade faster.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Spicy in the mouth, with a fresh apple, you can taste citrus and the wood is fine in the background.
a hint of warmed cinnamon remains in the mouth.
- 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
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!
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.
Medium long finish on rose petal and vine peach.
- really typical Irish whiskey, could use a bit more complexity perhaps
- 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.
- A delicious Irish for in between, the finish depends a little later taste.
Has something of bourbon, malt, vanilla, fresh bright fruits, oak, already typically Irish, some roasted oak vllt.
Again, these creamy, malty notes with vanilla, followed by gentle peppery spiciness, but also fruit like apple, citrus and toffee
Medium length, oak with malt, peppery