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Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength

Four Irish - Part IV

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

19th Mar 2016

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  • Nose
    23
  • Taste
    24
  • Finish
    24
  • Balance
    23
  • Overall
    94

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What better way to finish off an Irish tasting than with a pot still whiskey (one of my favourite styles), and a cask strength one at that? I believe this is the second batch of Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength that Midleton has released.

The colour is a light gold - lighter than I would have expected. Fairly shy on the nose, I get freshly sawn lumber, apples, vanilla and cinnamon. Slightly vegetal, with cucumber and spinach greens. A very light metallic quality. Water brings out some malt, but not much else. Definitely needs more time in the glass (the bottle was opened yesterday, as were the Bushmills and Powers I just reviewed).

Behind the alcohol heat, the palate features red apple skins, lime pith, lightly toasted oak, pepper and linseed oil. Where the nose was shy, the palate is quite powerful, especially with water. You can definitely tell that it is pot still whiskey like this that forms the background to the Powers Gold I just tasted.

The extremely long finish features much more oak, with leather and tobacco. While the nose may be a touch lacking in power, all elements of this fantastic whiskey feature great complexity. Although I may be finishing off this review now (as I'm starving and have to eat), I'm leaving this in my glass for a good long while. Jim Murray scores this a 97 - the slightly quiet nose prevents me from going that high, but still - this is truly a great experience. I may be a day late with most of my Irish reviews, but this was one worth waiting for.

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15 comments

@Frost
Frost commented

Great review, this is the whiskey that made me ignore Irish expressions no longer. And I'm glad for that.

3 years ago 0

@Pudge72
Pudge72 commented

Was this the LCBO Redbreast 12 yo CS that is still listed, but showing zero stock? If so, this is one of the very few bottles that I will truly regret having missed...great review though! :)

3 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

No, @Pudge72 - I didn't get this at the LCBO (in fact, I had no idea they had it listed).

3 years ago 0

@thecyclingyogi
thecyclingyogi commented

hey @Pudge72. that's actually a new listing, stock has yet to hit the shelves. from what i've read, the 12CS, 15, and 21 are all coming in. typical lcbo style - very expensive and right AFTER st. patrick's day....

3 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

The 15 is beautiful...

3 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

Also, I paid $125 for the Redbreast CS - I should have waited as the LCBO will be charging $110. For once, the LCBO prices on these will be well below market value (look it up).

3 years ago 0

maltmate302 commented

talexander I agree with you 100% with regards to this whisky,it's definitely one my all time favourites.Just a word of caution, the quality of my bottle dropped off quite dramatically when it had been open for a year with about 100 mls left in the bottle.When I open my next bottle of it I'll be sure to decant it all at about 6 months so I can enjoy it at it's best!

3 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

I had the same experience as had @maltmate302, with the quality of my Redbreast 12 Cask Strength dropping off greatly after the bottle had been open for more than a year. I also would decant the next bottle at 6 months time open or less.

3 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

....or I could just drink it as fast as possible :-P

3 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

Ooooooooo! "Enhanced Whisky Program"! How exciting! (Um, not...)

3 years ago 0

@Pudge72
Pudge72 commented

LCBO advised that the 12 yo CS is in the warehouses and will be on the shelves (> St. Patrick's day...of course) in the next couple of weeks as part of their 'enhanced whisky program', though I don't know what they mean by that phrase.

3 years ago 0

@Pudge72
Pudge72 commented

To the LCBO's credit I have always found their pricing on Irish whiskey to be comparable to, or better than, most other reference jurisdictions.

3 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@Pudge72, SSshhhhhhhh! Don't get the LCBO to thinking that they should be raising their monopoly prices on Irish whiskey to keep up with their other price gouging.

3 years ago 0

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