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Redbreast 12-year-old

Overall rating
86.71/100
votes
157
Category
Single Pot Still
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Edition
Bottled
2012
Stated Age
12 years old
Casknumber
Batch B1/12
Strength
58.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
26 May 2013 1:29 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 97,60

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157 × member ratings

243 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Redbreast 12-year-old

37 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.71 points

  1. Defeatless scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    Oeh some glue alert! Needs to settle down a bit. After some time, it gives fruity notes and some sweet wood tones. But I guess this one needs some water. With water it develops more into a classic Irish/ Redbreast nose.

    Taste:
    Without water: this gives a quite warm mouth-feel, with some sweet caramel notes and some grassy notes too. It doesn't develop very much though. With water it gets more sweeter and more fruity.

    Body:
    Full and creamy

    Finish:
    Long length. Very typical Irish. Sweet, fruity, sweet caramel and a hint of wood.

    Price:
    As long as under €70,- it is good priced.

    Presentation:
    Nice decent and a bit outdated, which I appreciate.

    Comments:
    I cannot choose but this one and the regular 15yo are very decent whiskey's. Probably the best Irish out there. This one gives you almost a bottle and a half due to the ABV though.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. Steven79 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  3. Mardo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    smell: fruity, soft, ripe fruit, mango, leather / wax, toffee
    taste: fruity, alcohol clearly present citrus
    aftertaste: citrus fruit, bitter.
    with water even more fruit and really better.

  4. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Colour: gold
    Nose: apples, stewed apples, caramel, vanilla, christmas cake, furniture varnish.
    Mouth: apples, dryness, dust, spices, pepper.
    Finish: long, spices, apples, pepper, vanilla and light salmon notes at the end.
    Redbreast 12YO cask strength is a good balanced, tasty whiskey. In spite of high proof, it’s an easy drinkable one.

  5. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Colour: gold
    Nose: apples, stewed apples, caramel, vanilla, christmas cake, furniture varnish.
    Mouth: apples, dryness, dust, spices, pepper.
    Finish: long, spices, apples, pepper, vanilla and light salmon notes at the end.
    Redbreast 12YO cask strength is a good balanced, tasty whiskey. In spite of high proof, it’s an easy drinkable one.

  6. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Intense nose marked by ripe banana and crème brûlée at first. Fresh fruits emerge among which the apple ends up distinguishing itself. Later, it is the cherry that takes precedence. What evolution! In the mouth, chiseled attack, accurate spice. Flowing texture. The 12 year old apple (40%) stays ahead. The finish is long but little supported, quite fat, butterscotch type.
    Enthusiasm 4/5

  7. PatSch23_12 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Great Malt, Redbreast are becoming my favorite Irish
    • Nose
      strong alcohol, but not deterred - it presses the nose against a tropical, ripe fruit basket. Fully ripe bananas, Nimm2 sweets (orange and lemon) and dried apricots (without sulfur notes). Some pine needles, resin and fresh grass. Including some trail mix and spices, the sherry casks are so present
    • Taste
      Has a decent punch, just under 60% do not hide at that age even with triple distillation. Still, he does not put you to flight. Some citrus fruits, with ripe pineapple, orange sweets, fresh mint and green pepper. The cereal is still playing, reminiscent of Kellogg's Frosties. The fruits are long and sweet, canned fruit cocktail
    • Finish
      Not frayed in the throat, still robust (not spicy!) With some of spice and pinewood - long

  8. capsola scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. Gaija scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    (The 85's on the palate are with water, would probably be around 80 otherwise)
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      80 80

  10. Gaija scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Water it down a bit, be patient, and it's an okay dram at a fair price point. Quite austere, vegetal, and distillate-driven, though no difficult whiskey at the same time. But anyway, life's way too short too spend your time on this while Ireland has dozens of more pleasurable whiskies imho.
    • Nose
      First whiff after pouring is (unsurprisingly) close from some high-end rubbing alcohol I guess. Then a very transient fruity domination arises (peach, red fruits, maraschino cherries), but it's soon to disappear behind two types of notes. On one hand, typical young Irish markers : white chocolate, brioche ... On the other hand, unlikely notes coming from the very high proof and the lack of significant cask influence : plenty of vegetal hints, even some kind of cheese, vodka, and raw chicken. Well. With water : a little better and different already, drier, with some cocoa. 
    • Taste
      Neat : was expecting worse alcohol-wise, but the integration and texture are actually very ok. However, it's not tasting like anything specific to me so far. Just like a "good spirit", but I can't seem to be more precise. Vaguely pear-ish, salty brioche, mirabelle ? Water : big difference, does the dram some true good. There was a pleasant trio for once, like apricot - pepper - fern, which I found very convincing, alongside some coffee notes. But it became more vegetal on the following sips. Anyway, a few drops are much recommended (I hardly ever say that !)
    • Finish
      White chocolate again, some kind of mirabelle indeed, and then something that's typically in Irish whiskies' finish in my experience : a metallic touch which feels exactly like licking a drop of blood on a paper cut. Leafy. Still, same as on the nose, I'm feeling like alcohol plays too big a part as a note per se.

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