Redbreast 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Pot Still
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Irish Distillers Ltd
Stated Age
12 years old
40.0 % Vol.
750 ml
New Label
us United States
Added on
03 Jan 2012 8:45 pm

Average value

€ 59.80

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52 × member ratings

178 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Redbreast 12-year-old

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.45 points

  1. delisbier scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    Smooth, fruity, love it.

  2. delisbier scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    Smooth, fruity, love it.

  3. delisbier scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    Smooth, fruity, bit vanilla.

  4. euzlpz scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    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

  5. FernetBranco scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. Unic scored this whisky 82 points Member Junior

    This is uncomplicated, but pleasant 
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. whiskeyjedi scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior

    12-year-old redbreast Tasted 2015-04-05 @ John Kavanagh Pub Dublin:
    Nosing: Forest honey, light caramel through Bourbon cask storage
    Tasting: gentle taste, similar to a mead, then short Finnish. nutty and coconut on the finish
    overall good - 75

  8. Whiskykoch scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  9. Alex did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    "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



  10. hsmithjr scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nicely done, Ireland.
    • 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.


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