Redbreast 21-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Pot Still
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Irish Distillers Ltd
Stated Age
21 years old
Oloroso Sherry Casks / Bourbon Barrels
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
New Label (Redbreast Bird)
Added on
10 Feb 2016 11:27 am by Archer

Average value

€ 181.60

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Whisky Reviews for Redbreast 21-year-old

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.90 points

  1. Moses scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    One thing in advance and for everyone who dares to go here without judgment. It's not scotch! Due to the story of the single pot stills (mixture of malted and unmalted barley) with triple distillation and the long contact with copper, something strange happens. That is essential, otherwise you will be disappointed. I like that. A sample in advance is strongly recommended here. This version / 18 is not as fruity on the nose at the beginning and a bit dirtier in the sherry area towards the end. But goes in the direction of a new leather saddle. So exactly mine. For me, the pleasant direction. All together and from the point of view of the barrel choice, it is clearly laid out on the bourbon side.
    Oh, ... mine again :-), ... yes, it will become the house whiskey.
    • Nose
      On the nose it is on the light side. It is also not as dominant as is actually expected with 2x 1st fill. It starts with light fruit and fine bourbon vanilla. A hint of honey and bananas plus exotic fruitiness comes through. Oha!, After the first sip in the mouth and several seconds on the palate, the finest lemongrass and a hidden floral note are noticeable on the nose. Wonderfully fresh. With the second sip I even imagined a little "rose water" a few times. This is exactly the moment when many say that the pot stills technique is too artificial. Too many perfume notes also cloud the sensations. But this Redbreast21 makes it very elegant and not so intrusive. Respect to Jameson. Master craft.
    • Taste
      After the first few seconds in the oral cavity, the memory of Christmas and spring is spreading "simultaneously". Very, very cool main part ... and well seasoned by the PotStills technique. Always butter-sweet with a concentrated, creamy mouthfeel, it creates wonderful waves of Christmas biscuits and fruit salad with flower petals that don't want to end. But it also reminds me of canned peaches and apricots. Wow, it is very, very complex on the palate. From now on I would like to have it on the shelf. That feeling should never end. Oh, a dangerous bottle. Arrived in Irish whiskey heaven. Version / 18. My best Irishman so far.
    • Finish
      Long, longer with exciting spiciness and a lot of drying apricot. Then he comes back and goes again. In several waves it lets go slowly with spicy fruitiness. On the one hand, not much is happening anymore. But he made the finale soothing and wonderfully long. There is something. The fact is: this bottle has several special features. Great cinema of Irish whiskey pot stills art.
      PS: A big thank you to André for the big sample.

  2. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Immediately after the last drops of the new bottling the old one into the glass: what a difference, especially on the tongue. The old bottling offers full pipe fruit salad with tropical fruits, indefinitely remaining on the tongue, the new bottling falls off quite nicely, remains (neutral formulated) restrained. In addition, the old bottling has nothing tart on the tongue, instead pleasant spice and said fruits. In the nose, the new bottling has much stronger spice notes, and also the approach of solvent is new (since only a touch, not further affecting).

    The new 21yo is not a bad single pot still, not at all. And whether one evaluates it now worse, equal or maybe even better than the old bottling, may well be a matter of taste. For me at least he does not reach the class of the old bottling, but I miss too much the beautiful fruit notes on the tongue, he is to me - for a 21yo SPS - too spicy in the nose.
    L613031109 09/05/16
    • Nose
      89 89
      A strong spicy note that gradually peels out pepper, curry, cardamom and cloves. Some solvent. Behind the spices come tropical fruits: mango, papaya, guava, passion fruit, orange, lemon. Spices and fruits combine pleasantly with each other, the fruit note is not overly sweet. Vanilla pudding and honey, a little coffee bean flavor and whole milk chocolate.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Oily and flattering. From the very beginning with the spices from the nose, with cloves and mild pepper predominating on the tongue. A shot of passion fruit juice, otherwise you have to taste the tropical fruits a bit to catch them. Oak spice comes with time. The tart note stretches over a long time and does not actually go away. With the addition of oak, the tart feeling on the tongue is even intensified. Will dry.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium length, oily, slightly herbaceous and with a hint of tropical fruits.

  3. pianoman scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Freshly ground coffee beans, orange marmalade, applesauce, cinnamon. Pineapple, blueberries, vanilla pods. Freshly mown grass. Deciduous forest, fog, wet earth.
    • Taste
      Peaches, baked apricots, grape seeds. Hazelnuts, milk chocolate, coconut. Crêpes with nougat and banana.

  4. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    For me clearly the better bottling, however, one must say to the fans of mango and oak, that here by the lack of the bitter fruit notes becomes interchangeable. Qualitatively, however, absolute upper class. I recommend anyone who has the opportunity to try parallel to the previous batch, is really fun. I hope Midleton can keep this quality.
    • Nose
      In direct comparison not this enormous and superficial fragrance of mango, here gentler, more balanced. Overall, but also very intense flavors. More Sherry influence maybe. Vanilla and caramel also there. Yummy, the oak does not seem to be that much anymore.
    • Taste
      here too full-bodied, creamy onset, just as tropical fruits as expected, but also not here this enormously tart oak note as 2013er. Instead, complex fruit notes, pineapple, flambé banana. Honey. Less spicy. Very balanced, very soft, like an old Speysider barrel.
    • Finish
      also quite long, sweeter, no annoying bitterness, just round and delicious.

  5. Merl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. Funtik scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Saftkenner scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Ireland is not far ... but here we dive into a completely different world. Such a tropical and complex aroma cannot be found in Scotland. Whether it is mainly due to the proportion of unmalted barley ...? In terms of taste, the 21-year-old is the logical development of the 15-year-old bottling. Where the 15-year-old already impresses with the aroma, there is now more of everything and everything looks wonderfully exaggerated, almost drifting into the artificial, towards wine gum.
    What I'm a little surprised at, however, is that the 21-year-old is a bit more alcoholic on the palate than the 15-year-old, despite the additional years of maturity.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Impressive tropical fruit cocktail. Papaya, mango, lychee, passion fruit, peach, lime, star fruit, fine oak, vanilla.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Soft and full with a slight sharpness.
      Peach, lychee, mango, vanilla and spicy oak.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium to long finish. Oak spice, vanilla and tropical fruit notes.

  8. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Tasted blind from a set of 25 known drams and guessed right. With these peaches on the mouth and these aromatic tangerines in the nose , you can't get wrong
    • Nose
      91 91
      Tangerines and clementines both peeled and unpeeled, basil, orange chocolate cake, milk chocolate, greek orange pie.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Nice balance between the olorosso sherry and the fruity notes. Nice citrus fruits plus a little ginger and some spicies, before the tropical fruit waves arrive. Wonderfull peaches, coated with elegant layers of sherry , wrapped in fine leathers.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Very satisfying and long on the tropical side, with lingering notes of rum soaked sultanas

  9. AntonArkhipov scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      A very, very many sweet pears, currants and babanas
    • Taste
      Astringent and coarse, sweet currant
    • Finish
      Currants and candies, medium duration

  10. larswehmeier scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Tasting of a current bottling in 2020
    • Nose
      Very sweet at first. White chocolate & almonds. Then very briefly very ripe (tropical) fruits without acid. Then the oak strikes and gives the nose a strong aroma. Almost reminds me of a ripe bourbon.
    • Taste
      Spicy and less sweet than the nose. Lots of oak and pot still seasoning. Nutty and warm. A hint of vanilla.
    • Finish
      Despite the strong oak load, not bitter or dry, but instead long-lasting aromatic.


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