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Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength

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@NozinanReview by @Nozinan

17th Apr 2016


  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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I've very little experience with Irish Whiskey. A year an a half ago my political mentor and I opened a bottle of Writer's Tears, and I tasted a few here or there, but probably fewer than 5 different expressions.

I came across this a few weeks ago listed but not available at the LCBO. When it finally appeared at stores it seemed like it was flying off the shelves so I picked one up. I figured it would be great H2H with a Writer's Tears CS I have.

This one is 12 years old. It's been open 6 days, tasted 3-4 times, each time gassed. I reviewed in in my "usual manner", only I waited 20-30 minutes after the addition of water, a bit more than I usually do.


Neat- Green fruits (granny smith apple), bright, fresh, light syrup, a slice of my mother’s apple pie when it’s still warm from the oven 22/25

With water – fruit is more mellow, sweet. Apple turnover, Honey. (23/25)

Taste :

Neat- Sweet / tart fruit hits me on the arrival, vanilla. Rich mouthfeel. Overpowering (in a good way, meaning I can’t take too many sips of this neat) 22/25

With water – richer flavour, more sweet / less tart, alcohol nip. Arrowroot cookie? Almond note. a little more water smooths away the ethanol. (23/25)

Finish – Dry, astringent, the fruit in the background, medium long. Water slightly sweetens the finish. 22/25

Balance – the nose and the taste go well together. The flavours work well, overall quite a well-balanced whiskey. 23/25

Score: Neat 89/100 With water 91/100


I usually add a few drops of water to my whiskies. I found this one improved with considerably more, about a water bottle capful to a 20 cc pour. I also find it becomes mother and more flavourful with more time in the glass.

I really like this whiskey. Although Irish is not a genre I usually go to, if I did have a “rotation” this one would certainly be in it. Anyone who likes unpeated, full-flavour whisk(e)y should try this.

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Nozinan commented

The mother of all typos near the end..... more and more.

6 years ago 0

BlueNote commented

@Nozinan. I guessed that word was supposed to be "smoother".

6 years ago 1Who liked this?

Nozinan commented

Now you have me questioning myself... was is "more and more" or "smoother and more".

I'll have to have another dram sometime and see which...

6 years ago 0

maltmate302 commented

@Nozinan a very good review of one of my favourite whiskies.You should decant this one after 3 to 6 months to enjoy it at it's best.The quality of this whisky does drop dramatically after a year of air exposure!

6 years ago 0

Nozinan commented

even with inert gas?

6 years ago 0

maltmate302 commented

I've never used gas so I can't give an opinion but I would decant it just to be on the safe side. It's too good a whisky to take a chance with.

6 years ago 0

Nozinan commented

This is good stuff. I m not so sure I'll have any to decant after 6 months...

6 years ago 0

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