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Redbreast 12-year-old

Overall rating 28 votes 83.38
Category
Single Pot Still
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Irish Distillers Ltd
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Label
New Label
Market
us United States
Added on
03 Jan 2012 8:20 pm

Average value

€ 60,38

Tastingtags

7 Notes

euzlpz
Member Senior euzlpz Note
04 Jan 2016 6:04 pm
euzlpz gave this whisky 91 points
The first thing I notice upon opening a new bottle is some very attractive menthol notes on the nose: predominantly wintergreen, créme de menthe, peppermint...spearmint plays hide and seek. Additionally, I find nutmeg, and something reminiscent of Andes mints...vanilla, fresh apples, a touch of lemon zest. County fair cotton candy, and honey buttered cinnamon sprinkled fried bread are unique, delightful undertones. Unfortunately, the caramel colouring is noticeable, and is the only thing I don't like about it-- but it's forgivable. Palate (entry) is minty, spicy, creamy, and chocolatey. The middle brings mandarin orange, Thai peanut sauce, and flan. There is a slight salty coastal note, and the unmalted barley is pasty and delicious. The finish is of bread pudding, green grapes, a variety of organic apples with skins in tact...slight hints of Siamese plum sauce, sweet and also vegetal chilies. Once again, I taste the caramel colouring, but this is such a unique and lovely whiskey, it is easily forgivable and really doesn't do much to detract from such a memorable and well rounded pour. Remarkable complexity with a medium body, a very unique and attractive main profile, and plenty of surprises to those who enjoy searching for them. The mouthfeel is oily, juicy, jammy, creamy, but overall is oaky, sticky, resinous and somewhat drying. I love the copper imarts, and superb balance, and the very unique character of this Irish giant. It is a big whiskey for Irish liquid, but in general is medium bodied-- yet jam packed with flavor. I've only just opened this bottle* and no doubt it will further develop and blossom, (I usually don't give a review until I've gone through at least one bottle)-- but this has all the hallmarks of outstanding development over time after opening (bottle breathing, ie; desirable oxydization development) ...I am confident in recommending this one to anyone who's not put off by minty whiskies. I find them to be a rare treat. More herbaceous notes are already developing in my glass: yarrow, catnip tea (a member of the mint family), black liquorice and chicory root. EXTREMELY LONG FINISH!

*opened 09-12-15, finished 12-30-15. These are my initial tasting notes...unlike some other whiskies, this one reached its peak performance within one month-- after which time, many of her undertones faded...I feel my initial notes compliment her the most, and here they are, unrevised, with nothing added. Before and after opening, this bottle was stored at approximately 57° F, in the dark-- (of course it was sipped at a higher [room] temperature). I used a hand warming technique, and enjoyed this  beauty (mostly) in my vintage lead-crystal miniature tulip glasses, by Peill & Putzler.

91 well earned points
Fernet Branco
Expert Senior Fernet Branco Review note
22 Nov 2015 7:53 pm
Fernet Branco gave this whisky 84 points
Weighted Rate
83.9
Nose
85
Initial taste
85
Body
82
Finish
84
Price
85
Presentation
82
Unic
Member Junior Unic Review note
27 Apr 2015 9:20 pm
Unic gave this whisky 82 points

This is uncomplicated, but pleasant 

Weighted Rate
81.8
Nose
80
Initial taste
82
Body
80
Finish
85
Price
84
Presentation
80
whiskeyjedi
Member Senior whiskeyjedi Note
07 Apr 2015 10:47 am
whiskeyjedi gave this whisky 75 points

Redbreast 12-year-old

Tasted 2015-04-05 @ John Kavanagh Pub Dublin:
Nosing: Waldhonig, leichtes Karamell durch Bourbon Cask-Lagerung
Tasting: sanfter Geschmak, ähnlich einem Met, dann kurzes Finnish. nussig und Kokos im Abgang
insg. gut - 75

My Collection
Whiskykoch
Member Senior Whiskykoch Review note
06 Apr 2015 11:51 am
Whiskykoch gave this whisky 79 points
Weighted Rate
79
Nose
90
Initial taste
80
Body
80
Finish
80
Price
60
Presentation
70
Alex
Expert Senior Alex Note
01 Oct 2012 7:04 pm

"Redbreast is the only aged pure pot still Irish whiskey on sale today. This whiskey is matured for a minimum of 12 years in oloroso sherry and bourbon casks."A complex spicy, slightly oily aroma, with toasted wood notes. Strongly flavored and assertive, a blend of spicy, oily, sherry and toasted notes. Finishes with satisfying long, complex flavors lingering on the palate." - Distillery

 

https://www.forwhiskeylovers.com/store/whiskey/redbreast-12-year-old-pure-pot-still-irish-whiskey-750ml

hsmithjr
Connoisseur hsmithjr Tasting note
03 Jan 2012 9:23 pm
hsmithjr gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Amber
Nose

Full and rich.  Chewing tobacco.  Shoe polish.  Very ripe fruit. New leather.  Cereal grain.

Taste

Big and firm.  Mouth coating.  Honey and fruit.  Spicy. More tobacco.  Vanilla beans. 

Finish

Long.  Vanilla ice cream over fruit tarts.  Oliy.

Comments

Nicely done, Ireland.

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