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Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength

Absolutely Stunning

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@MaltActivistReview by @MaltActivist

28th Jun 2014


  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
  • Overall

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Oh yes! These are the moments you wait for. When simply bringing the glass to your nose gets your pulse racing because you know if it smells this good it's going to taste even better!

Irish whiskies are making a huge comeback of late. I read some where that for the first time since 1930 the US consumes more Irish whisky than Scotch whisky. Quite a remarkable statistic that.

Must be all those awards they've been picking up in the last year or so. This cask strength liquid gold being one of them.

Owned by Irish Distillers this cask strength version is basically their standard 12 (which is bottled at 40%) but with more bite.

While matured almost exclusively in Oloroso casks it does not allow the sherry to overpower. Instead it maintains a firm grasp on the integrity of the spirit.

This style of whiskey is now exclusive only to the Irish and is known as Single Pot Still irish Whiskey (by law). This basically means that a combination of malted and un-malted barley is used in the production process and the spirit is triple distilled in a single pot still.

Nose: Absolutely gorgeous. Very sweet. Almost winey. But has a pinch of salt too. Honey on pink lemon. Love hearts. Nectarines on top of vanilla sponge cake. Ripe figs and unripe bananas covered in sweet lime. This one renders you almost speechless.

Palate: Lots of spicy citrus. The same honey on melon but now with a dash of oaky cinnamon. All of this against a backdrop of soft fruits expertly complementing the spices.

Finish: Arrives late but when it does it stays. The fruits are back. So are the spices.

I know the Scots and the Irish are always arguing over who invented whisky. I don't know the answer to that. But I do know who just might end up doing a better job.

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Frost commented

@MaltActivist thank you for another thorough review. This expression sounds mouth watering. I'm interested in Redbreast - but yet to try any.

8 years ago 0

Nozinan commented

Your enthusiasm comes through in this review. I would caution you though, that one expression doesn't indicate the better producer (Scotland or Ireland). While I can't throw in one of my favourites (Bladnoch Scotch made by Irishman Raymond Armstrong), I've ad some near perfect Aberlour A'Bunadhs and Springbanks. And Amrut could on occasion blow them all away...

8 years ago 0

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