Redbreast 12-year-old

Overall rating
83.52/100
votes
430
Whiskybase ID
WB77981
Category
Single Pot Still
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Irish Distillers Ltd
Bottled
2015
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Sherry Casks
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Label
New Label (Redbreast Bird)
Bottle code
L634131414
Added on
06 feb 2016 2:57 pm by Archer
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 46.54

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Whisky reviews for Redbreast 12-year-old

31 users have left 36 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.52 points.

  1. MrDvorak scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 84pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.
    • Nose
      85 85
      The nose is pretty fresh and springy with a profile of unripe melon and cereals followed by peaches and green spices.
    • Taste
      84 84
      The taste is quite balanced and well rouned with notes of wet wood, vanilla, flower liqour and hints of nuts.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The finish is medium lenght and pretty soft with touches of flowers, wood saw cut and chocolate sweetness.

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  3. 88bamboo did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    This is a great bottle at its price range – it is a rather straightforward flavour profile of vanilla and sherry sweetness that may be said to be tried and tested to be widely popular with all folks. It is also very flavourful considering its 40.0% ABV.

    Anyone who enjoys Christmas cake with dried fruits, or toasted raisin buns would enjoy this, and a simple man like me certainly does. At its price range, I would recommend any alcoholic to include the Redbreast 12 in his personal collection as a go-to drink, and if not, as something for his friends who are just beginning to drink whiskey (or whiskey).

    Link to review: https://88bamboo.co/blogs/the-bamboo-post/redbreast-12-years-old-new-midleton-distillery-40-0-ob
    • Nose
      In the glass, the whiskey is a deep amber indicative of a long sherry maturation.

      On the nose, the whiskey leads with moderate vanilla with lightly toasted almonds and walnuts. This develops into a clean sweet fragrance of Sherried fruits, such as raisins and cranberries. There is a slight floral fragrance and fresh cut grass.
    • Taste
      On my tasting, a surprisingly sweet first act, with vanilla, cereal and honey-roasted almonds, with growing notes of caramelized apple. The sweet malty notes are very very clean and crisp, indeed true to its Irish triple-distilled character.

      In the midst of it, some sherry and spice grow on my palate, although it felt rather subtle because my attention was focused on the sweet and light malt. Once I caught notes of some dark fruits, I do realise the “sherry undertones” advertised on the label are indeed present and further sips draw me closer. There is a flavourful but well-rounded sherry note with raisins, cranberries, hawthorn candy flakes (山楂) and a bit of woodiness from the toasted barrel. Very very slight leatheriness and spice accompany the dry fruits. The texture is velvety and lovely, and I really like the marriage of equals between the clean and sweet vanilla flavours on one hand and sherry notes and spice on the other. Neither profile overwhelms the other, which leaves me to be able to enjoy both.
    • Finish
      The finish is long, with raisins and hawthorn candy, and warming ginger spice. While the flavours are light and crisp, the texture is not just smooth but somewhat creamier and more velvety than Scottish single malt- perhaps I am thinking too much but I would attribute this difference to the unmalted barley used for Irish.

  4. P.K.S scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    My first redbrest,
    • Nose
      Snop sweet on the nose, painted,
    • Taste
      Malt, overripe banana, oak spisyness, pepper,
    • Finish
      Bitter,burned nutts finnisj,aska,

  5. LDB scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Jolly nice drinker's whiskey, albeit a tad weak and thin on the palate.
    But the hints of dried figs and honeyed fruit are good.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  6. Gweddry scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      trace of coconut, vanilla, apple, marzipan, trace of rum, sweet, coconut log, toffee, honey, trace of sherry DILUTED: improvement, crusaders, more honey and sherry, lemon juice
    • Taste
      apple juice, sweet, lots of fruit, vanilla, hint of rum, potstill
    • Finish
      vanilla, crosses, toffee

  7. TechnOBY scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  8. Jabarkas scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior

    Great whiskey for irish whiskey lovers. Delicate, sweet. Very drinkable. It should be stronger than 40 % though. Great digestif.
    • Nose
      Delicate sweetness, honey.
    • Taste
      Delicate, sweet. Easy.
    • Finish
      Some sweetness stay for a while. Yet it is quickly gone.

  9. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    It is a very nice base RedBrest, a very good balance in taste, we can say that this is his forte. Pleasant floral and natural nuances in the aroma. I didn’t expect anything good from Irish, because I don’t really love them, but this one is good.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Pleased fresh, pleasant, spring, delicate. Unripe melon, dry American breakfast (Cyril), flower glade, a little peaches and apricots, natural aromas: wood, grass, spices, oak, cloves and cinnamon nuances.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Very balanced, without excesses either in sweetness or in sourness or bitterness, quite delicate. Grassy tincture, flowers, wet wood, a good sherry barrel, honey, vanilla, caramel are felt, breathing nuances of nuts appear.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Very soft, medium-long, not tart, even slightly watery, but this is rather good for this whiskey. Wood cut, floral nuances, cocoa, barely perceptible sweetness of chocolate.

  10. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 84 points Super Administrator

    St. Patrick's Day, time to review some classic Single Pot Still Irish whiskey! Like a whisper of spring, the nose of Redbreast 12 features fresh vegetation, clover and heather honey. Pears, apricots and melon intermingle with cereals, green malt and hints of sherry. On the palate, there is an interesting potpourri of floral vanilla, unripe banana and lemongrass, interrupted by peppery kicks of wood spices from the casks. Lingering freshness, nuts and mildly dry citrus zest remain in the subtle finish. It's a unique style of whiskey, and you can't go wrong with it.

    RATING: 3.5/5.0 stars ≙ 84 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  11. mema82 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  12. dandan798 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      wood, pine, nature, forest, spices, vanilla, sherry, nuts
    • Taste
      84 84
      spices, wood, tree sap, sherry, oak, cloves, cinnamon, grapefruit, honey, vanilla
    • Finish
      85 85
      spices, vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa, sweet, sherry, green apple

  13. mandragoru scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  14. KOQ24 scored this whisky 60 points Expert Junior

    Nose:

    spicy. vanilla, toffee, alcohol, bubble gum, herbal, oranges, slight oloroso notes, "green" leafy or grassy notes

    Taste:

    sugar sweetness, vanilla, oak, dusty, cinnamon, mint, honey, mild bitterniss

    Finish:

    medium to long with a strong alcohol presence

    Overall:

    A good Irish Potl that still has some rough edges left.The Finish isn't particularly pleasant.
    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      40 40

  15. Simo scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  16. ARDBERG scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  17. valery77 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet pastries, red apple, malt motifs, broken branch, delicate carpentry notes, bananas and other tropical fruits. 22
    • Taste
      Medium-bodied, moderately sweet, somewhat watery. Black pepper, cinnamon and other spices, fruit candies, red apple, a little salt, herbal bitterness. twenty
    • Finish
      Medium in length, gradually fading, dominated by a herbal bitterness, to which a note of menthol is added at the very end. 21
      An interesting aroma, however, the taste lacks density and richness. Balance 20.
      Total 83

  18. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    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.

  19. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    N: A wonderfully balanced whiskey with a true bitter-sweet & likeable profile and an umami-like sensation born from harmonious notes of attracting opposites. Aromatic movement lies in-between these spectrum points. Reminds me somewhat of the current Deanston 12, albeit [even] more accomplished/mature.
    T: Straight in with yummy runny caramel that melts in the mouth. Notes of milk chocolate, soft biscuit and malty honeycomb aren't too far behind. 
    F: Chocolate malty caramac and bitter-ish toffee. Lingers on malty-sweet toffee mash, the wood adding a complimentary soft bitter edge.
    C: Seems funny to say (considering whiskey is a drink), that it's a really decent drinking whiskey. Best batch i’ve had to date.Scores a B[-]

  20. dram_on scored this whisky 75 points Expert Junior

    This one wasn't THAT bad, but it didn't keep me interested enough to go in on the CS version ... 

  21. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  22. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    finally, an irish whiskey that’s good enough to drink everyday, no petrol, no rough alcohol taste, no overly grassy whiff
    • Nose
      rough alcohol, slightly vegetal, sweet, woodsy, dark fruits, grassy musk, cake, spices, grains, sherry
    • Taste
      sweet, cake, red wood, fruity, sweet grains, sweet bread
    • Finish
      medium, sweet fruity, alcohol, grains, red wood, sweet grains and wood spices at the back with cake

  23. maltaholic scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Lets drink ...
    • Nose
      It smells fruity and woody. Some honey, spicy. He immediately reminds me of the Bourbon. Is this the single pot still character? ...
    • Taste
      Not exciting in the taste. But not unpleasant. The oak predominates, a spicy note in the background.
    • Finish
      But quite long and spicy, almost creamy, a little more vanilla.

  24. maltaholic scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  25. LukeFive scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  26. Opeth83 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Very nice Irish whiskey, little bit weak should be bottled at 43 or better 46%. 
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  27. Jon Osterman scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    Wasn't impressed by this when I first tried it, but after spending some time with it, I've come to really like it. Nice cake-y nose with some pleasant baking spices. Sweet on the palate (but not overly so), with that pure pot still character that reads like pear skin (to me). Tasty whiskey. Shouldn't be bottled at the minimum 40% for the price they change, though.

  28. MadScientist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  29. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The new label, a robin, Redbreast uses since about October 2015. Previously, the label showed both on the bottle and on the packaging of a still. The robin was only laterally on the packaging, partly in raised pressure.

  30. Albaron scored this whisky 78 points Specialist

    That can only be a bourbon. Everything points to it. Direct from the vial it was clear. However, if he is in the glass longer, that loses something. There are small doubts. I could imagine that it is a blend with which some 'finishing' was done. Something like the Johnnie Walker Rye Finish. Actually, I think that's too extreme for that. I would expect that restrained. Otherwise he is quite delicious, but personally too sweet.

    Created as part of a blind tasting.
    • Nose
      Alcohol, solvents, vanilla, toffee, some apple and cereals. Honey and some spice
    • Taste
      decent start, but no strong alcohol, also here vanilla and toffee, as well as honey, but also a little solvent and light spice
    • Finish
      The solvents go directly into more sweet vanilla, which remains quite long

  31. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  32. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    THE classic among the Irish Single Pot Still Whiskeys, still.
    If you realize that it is "only" bottled with 40%, it is unbelievable what it offers on flavors both in the nose and on the tongue.
    Even when pampered by Ü40% fillings (or "spoiled" depending on your point of view), this is an incredibly exciting whiskey.
    • Nose
      90 90
      An intense spicy-fruity nose, which reminds you of Christmas pudding.
      Dried fruits (figs!), Vanilla, honey, brown sugar and ginger at the beginning.
      Everything tightly interwoven and yet very well distinguishable.
      After a while, the fruits are fresher and sweeter: kiwi and pineapple.
      Sherry resonates.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oily and incredibly mouth-filling.
      Leather and tobacco notes. Mild pot still spices, sprinkled on the dried fruits.
      Getting fresher with time, some menthol. In addition, also on the tongue vanilla and honey.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium-long to long finish, the wonderful Sherrynoten puts on the tongue. Somewhat peppery towards the end.

  33. Laugenbretzel scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      83 83

  34. vojt466 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Once I thought it was better, maybe a problem with the sample .. Anyway, a bit reminds me Bunnahabhain 12yo
    • Nose
      Naughty sweet (fruity) - sliced ​​plums / sherrz, raisins and varnish
    • Taste
      Vanilla, plums, raisins, light spice
    • Finish
      Sweet (almost to rum), slightly spicy, bitter background, not too long ..

  35. martinni scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  36. wbarchive_149037 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Very sweet and tastefull, probably one the best entry-level Irish. Tastes a bit like being between the world of Scotch and the world of Bourbon.
    • Nose
      Red fruits, cereals. Vanilla and some wood. Pot still and sherry influence. Very gourmet and not weak at only 40%
    • Taste
      Oily, very, very sweet and fruity and as the nose suggested certainly not weak. Red fruits and liquorice. Barley in the background.
    • Finish
      Quite long, mostly on liquorice

  37. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    N: Initially very corny, and also like a Canadian rye=US bourbon, with plenty of sour mash notes, a [maple syrup] sweetness and vibrant yet maturing oak. Really good age showing, 12 years easily.
    T: Easy arrival with a little bite before the relaxed unravel. Lots of pleasing sweetness, led from the grain spirit but an equally impressive tempering from the oak. Everything is in place, nice shape and control with an even delivery. Becomes drier with chocolate into the finish. A touch of fresh but mainly outdone by the sweet grain. 
    F: The [sweet] corn, vanilla and toffee=caramel notes hit the mark. Lingering and sustaining finish with a sweet, buttery lasting impression.
    C: Inevitably not as complex as the the 21yo WB, but certainly as competent and just as good too.

    Scores a B- [85]

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