Redbreast 12-year-old

Overall rating
86.53/100
votes
177
Whiskybase ID
WB42210
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

€ 68.59

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Whisky reviews for Redbreast 12-year-old

39 users have left 42 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.53 points.

  1. dramidaris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. Funtik scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  3. Littlemill73 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  4. Gweddry scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      caramel dessert, chocolate cream, cocoa, red apples and peels, coconut log, toffee, cappuccino, pineapple, diluted bananas: meadow honey, dried apricots, butter cream
    • Taste
      sweet, full, red apples with cream, bourbon, potstill, raisins, sweet wood diluted: cinnamon, bitter, boiled apples
    • Finish
      long, raisins, sweet wood, vanilla, red apples and peels, sweet spices, cinnamon

  5. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    very marked smell fruity and pastry, a sweetness to the nostrils,
    caramel, chocolate, a side a little honey too, herbs, fruits walls
    the mouth leaves on the bitterness of continuation, not very pleasant, almonds cooked and a bit bitter, then vanilla, a little lemon, then caramel sweet and well buttered!
    herbs, spices pretty raised
    the fruits go on the cooked pineapple, on the slightly acid apples, good mixture at this level with also the aroma of the artificial candy acidulated and the pink chewing gum of origin!
    final bitter enough yet, hiding a little too the subtlety of cooked fruits and wood!
    long enough though.
    3.8

  6. Steven79 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. capsola scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

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

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. Goethe scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A great 12 year old Redbreast at cask strength. This one is definitively the pine malt.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 8/10
    • Nose
      Glue (Uhu), pine, pine cone, pineapple, sweet honey with pine, vanilla (definitively bourbon), sweet herbs (like thyme).
    • Taste
      Pineapple, apples, pine cone, again some glue, citrus, spicy, red pepper, sweet wood sticks. With water a bunch of fruits.
    • Finish
      Long. Some exotic fruits, litchis. With water a bunch of fruits more. Spicy oak.

  17. Bendrachm did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Eye: Deep straw color. Densely strung pearls. Nose: Gentle nose despite the ABV. A distinct nose reminiscent of Christmas stollen; Almond spice, sultana, kitchen spice (like cinnamon), icing sugar. Also figs. And, unmistakably, clove! Mouth: More stollen, and sweet cinnamon. Licorice tea. Very nice!

  18. Torfding scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      The first impression is a bit strange, dark and old - appeals to me!
      Many kinds of fruit notes are noticeable, especially also generally fermenting sweet fruits with a correspondingly slightly alcoholic note, but the fruity note is not obtrusive; colorful fruit compote, dry marmalade and old limes.
      Sweet, wet, warm meadow cut, clearly vanilla, a mixture of mulch and moist wood flour and wood notes in general, as well as a kind of pastry note.
    • Taste
      full and powerful, initially creamy, pleasantly peppery (intensifying), vanilla, wood (less oak), I also feel reminded of Met
    • Finish
      long, later rather medium to long; warm and spicy with light bitter and fruit notes, sweet finish

  19. pelle86 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      92 92

  20. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  21. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Hm. Actually wins at 40% Vs. CS mostly the strength, not here for me. The nose is looking forward a bit more, but the bitter in the taste I like here for once, does not fit in any way. I prefer to grab 40%.
    • Nose
      Grainy sweetness, vanilla, overripe banana, buttered biscuits, candy, sawdust ... Water tickles green fruit notes - apple, kiwi
    • Taste
      Milk chocolate and pepper as in the normal 12er, honey, but also grassy to bitter-bitter notes
    • Finish
      rather long, warm and spicy, but also the bittern notes strike again violently

  22. jankes scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  23. Toffie76 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Disturbed by an alcohol too supported and little integrated ...

  24. Koalafant scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very intense single pot still but not quite as mild and round as the 15 year old, but with more force.
    • Nose
      Fruity, floral with notes of orange jelly, honey and woodruff
    • Taste
      Very intense fruity sweetness with honey, orange jam and caramel
    • Finish
      Long and intense, getting slightly bitter towards the end

  25. Bishlouk scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Powerful nose, spicy limit on alcohol. Otherwise, pleasant scents although "classic" on yellow and green apple, and fresh apricot. Creamy mouth, but quickly quite hard on alcohol. Ok, I was warned, it's beefy and water would probably do him good. But I like my whiskeys "neat". Green apple, bitterness of apple peel. And off the dry herbaceous, kind rhubarb. Finale quite unpleasant, bitterness quite marked. The nose develops well over time, with floral notes that appear. I like. The mouth and the finish leave me more marble, however. I followed the advice and added water: on the nose, a lot of dry lemon is revealed. In the mouth, the fruits go out and vanilla emerges.
    (tasted blind)

  26. wbarchive_149037 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This one allows to have the same one as the regular 12 with extra degrees, which help to get more punch and flavours. Quality is high, as very often with Middleton Pot Stills. Therefore, two extra points compared to the classic 12yo.
    • Nose
      A bit alcoholic without water, but instantly recognizable as a Redbreast. So ripe fruits, bananas, red fruits, some wood and sherry but not that much. Only a few drops of water reveal it softness and make it really less agressive (not that is was a lot before that, but...)
    • Taste
      Very similar to the Regular 12. The cask strengh is highly appreciated here since one of the drawback of the Regular 12 was its low strengh. Punchy and spicy, maybe also a little more bubblegummy. Fat and oily body.
    • Finish
      Medium long, even at cask strengh. Some soft spices as sometimes found in Bourbon: cinammon and cloves, with fruity notes in the backgound.

  27. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  28. filleadh mhòr scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    quite far off. interesting and the quality is high no doubt. 
    • Nose
      a strange and very special nose. kind of boubony but without the bourbon-sweetness. a bit alcoholic. some glue, paint thinner, cut grass, wet hay and soil, fermented but unripe apples and bananas, quite some pencil shavings, a wee touch of smoke.
    • Taste
      good oily mouth feel. much sweeter than expected on bananas, honey, grass, stones, pepper, ginger and oak. ya, and bubblegum.
    • Finish
      hot spicy finish. long lasting fade out of all the elements named. and guess what is the longest lasting part: the bubblegum. the big advantage of the bubblegum-destillate in comparison to non distilled bubblegum: it doesn't get insipid. 

  29. filleadh mhòr scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  30. Archer scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    12/2015
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  31. Hare&Copper scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Enjoyed the nose. A bit too much bubblegum on the palate, but overall a nice surprise. Single whiskeybase sample. 
    • Nose
      Nicely fragrant. Flowers - like a florists' shop. Coconut. Berry jam, cooked fruits (apple). Pencil shavings. A little solvent in the background.
    • Taste
      Quite a lot of bubble gum. Fruit and vanilla as well.  Oak spice comes through late.
    • Finish
      Quite long. Mostly wood spice and bubblegum.

  32. Ciro scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  33. Rom scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Very nice nose very fruity and slightly woody without the touch of solvent typical of many Irish. A sweet rancio (caramelized) that makes you want and tobacco. Astringent attack, sugar, salt. Covering texture with a well melted woody. Long and warm final.

  34. Sandman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    DELICIOUS! Be careful with water, despite high ABV, it becomes less powerful.
    • Nose
      Honey, candied fruit, vanilla, bubblegum, burnt toast, pears. With water: raspberry, blackberry, red currant and lime
    • Taste
      Raspberry, blackberry, honey, toast, bubblegum, pear, greasy, caramel, hint of pepper
    • Finish
      Long, dry, sweet hue of toffee and light pepper.

  35. Finlaggan scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    My review can be found here:
    http://themaltdesk.blogspot.dk/2015/03/a-streak-of-irish-whiskey-various.html

  36. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Toffee, cherry, apple, white chocolate, blueberry, peach, vanilla, grain, grass and minerals. A light whiff of peppermint and in the long run some pencil shavings and pine needles. With water the sherry influence is turned down a bit and the grassy element becomes more prominent.
    • Taste
      Toffee, cherry, bramble, apple, white chocolate, grain and pepper. Eventually more apricot.
    • Finish
      Toffee, apple, cherry and bramble.

  37. nulty scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I know I have Redbreast CS lying around, it would be that sample ... There are still these delicate smoky notes, tobacco, old wood, which make me doubt. Tasted blind.
    • Nose
      Chiseled and fine. Many fruits, but they are not exuberant either: pineapple, passion, yellow nectarines, dried apricots. Delicate woody notes that make me fear some bitterness in the mouth. Spices, it's peppery. Wax, varnish, one side leaves of fruit tree. At aeration the whole is slowly growing. Hazelnut powder, almonds. The second nose has delicate smoky notes, tobacco, nutmeg. It's better.
    • Taste
      Attack on peaches in syrup. Very greedy, a lot of fruit, beautiful honeyed, syrupy ... Irish? Finally the wood does not make his, I would even say that it disturbs me less than the nose. If he really disturbs me. Nice notes of nuts, yellow fruits, lime. Notes reminiscent of a gourmet sherry, on white chocolate, praline. It's powerful, well enough to tempt with water. We do not gain much, I think, it's simply more accessible, the difference does not seem obvious to me.
    • Finish
      Warm pleasantly, white chocolate with white pepper (and yes).

  38. Mushinico scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      90 90

  39. nathanyael scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  40. stf_92 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    It's a little bomb this Redbreast CS. Full of fruits.

  41. numen scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    sample from a friend
    • Nose
      Resinous sherry residue and lots of vanilla. Coconut and an almost
      grain-like sweetness. The fruit's there, but not over the top. Baked
      pears and apples, in cardamom infused whipped cream. Slightly sharp
      point in it somewhere between green apple and lemon. Keeps it rather
      fresh. Tannins?
    • Taste
      Entry is really nice. This is cask strength? Honey, oatmealy, and
      vanilla, though the mid-palate falls apart with bitter wood. Definitely
      wood. The vanilla is rich and creamy, but the wood is too much for me.
    • Finish
      The essence of the nose is still in there, but my palate is loaded with
      the wood, which subsides a little with time. Water helped and brought
      out more of the fruit, but it was a bit one-dimensional.

  42. j j scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    value for money, 
    • Nose
      wood, pineapple, nose is old and full of flavour
    • Taste
      despite the high abv, very smooth, lime, citrus, like arbeg without the peat. great fun.
    • Finish
      vanilla, abv remains on the background, herbs and little spices.

      a bit polish.[ wax ].

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