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Redbreast 21-year-old

Overall rating
89.05/100
votes
300
Category
Single Pot Still
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Irish Distillers Ltd
Bottled
2015
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Casks / Bourbon Barrels
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Label
New Label (Redbreast Bird)
Added on
10 Feb 2016 11:27 am by Archer
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 192.50

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300 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Redbreast 21-year-old

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.05 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. matfrl scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Copshop68 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  6. ezioaudit scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  7. jack.h1988 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Lovely nose, fresh and fruity, unmistakably pot still. Full of orange zest and warm spices. Palate is more of the same, with an oily texture and great balance of flavours. Feels between a scotch and a bourbon, blending maltiness with some vanilla and oak, sweet but not too cloying.

    One of my favourite Irish whiskies, only eclipsed by some of the early 90s tropical fruit bombs.

  8. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  9. gaboruso scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  10. Moses scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    One thing in advance and for anyone who dares here without judgment. It's not scotch! The singular pot stills story with 3x distillation and the long contact with copper makes something strange happen. That is essential, otherwise you will be disappointed. I like that. A sample in advance is highly recommended. Also, this version / 18 is not so fruity in the beginning and at the end a little dirtier in the sherry area. But goes in the direction of new leather saddle. So exactly mine. For me, the pleasant direction. Everything together and considered from the barrel choice, he is clearly laid out on the Bourbon side.
    Oh, ... mine again :-), yes, he's going to be home whiskey.
    • Nose
      88 88
      On the nose he is on the bright side. It is also not as dominating as the 2x 1st Fill is actually expected. He starts with light fruit and fine Bourbon vanilla. A touch of honey bananas plus exotic fruitiness still comes through. Oha!, After the first sip in the mouth and several seconds on the palate makes on the nose even the finest lemongrass and a hidden floral note noticeable. Wonderfully fresh. On the second sip I had even imagined some "rose water" a few times. This is the moment when many say the pot stills technique is too artificial. Also too many perfume notes obscure the sensations. But this Redbreast21 makes it very elegant and not so intrusive. Respect to Jameson. Master craftsmanship.
    • Taste
      91 91
      After the first few seconds in the mouth, the memory of Christmas and spring is "spreading" at the same time. Very very horny body ... and well seasoned by the PotStills technique. Always buttersweet with a concentrated creamy mouthfeel, he makes for wonderful waves of Christmas cookies and fruit salad with petals that do not want to end. Reminds me but also something about canned peach and apricots. Wow, that's very complex on the palate. From now on I want to have it on the shelf. This feeling should never end. Oha, a dangerous bottle. I arrived in Irish whiskey heaven. Version / 18th My best Irishman so far.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, longer with exciting spiciness and a lot of drying apricot. Then he comes back and leaves again. In several waves, it lets go slowly with spicy fruitiness. On the one hand, not all that much happens anymore. But he designed the finale soothingly and wonderfully long. There is something. The fact is: This bottle has several special features leased to itself. Huge Cinema of Irish Whiskey PotStills Art.
      PS: A big thank you to the André for the big sample.

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