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Redbreast 12 Year Old

Smoking pot

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WReview by @Wierdo

18th Jan 2020

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  • Overall
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This is my first full bottle of an Irish pot still whisky. Must say I like the style as a departure. Could do with a bit more abv% maybe but as an entry level malt at under £40 I can't complain too much about that.

Review is neat.

Nose

I think the nose is the most interesting thing about this malt. A strange synergy of dried fruits, marzipan, christmas cake and then a green note from the unmalted barley that reminds me most of gooseberries.

Palate

Quite a thin mouthfeel. The dried fruits are less evident on the palate but are there nonetheless. That green note but less gooseberries and more unripe green plums on the palate. A strange grainy note I can't quite place and some shortbread biscuits.

Finish

Is suprisngly long considering the abv and is mostly muted dried fruits with some bitter tanins right at the death.

Overall

Decent whiskey this. The bottle hasn't lasted long which says a lot. I might well grab another at some point or I'll perhaps hunt out the 15.

The much lauded 21 is out of my price range!

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8 comments

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

Thanks for your review. I would probably score this about the same as you. If you can find it, the 12 year cask strength version is significantly better. I have a bottle of the 15 Year, but I haven’t opened it yet so I can’t weigh in on its quality.

10 months ago 1Who liked this?

@casualtorture
casualtorture commented

Eye catching review title haha

10 months ago 1Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@casualtorture That doesn't turn our heads up in Canada, where it is legal and, apparently, commonplace.

10 months ago 2Who liked this?

@casualtorture
casualtorture commented

@Nozinan Ah yes I forget. I don't partake myself since it's not worth the risk, but some workmates do, and I am puzzled at why it's still illegal in most states including mine. I'm no expert but it seems pretty harmless. "Land of the Free," bit of an irony there.

10 months ago 1Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@casualtorture Never tried it so I don't know what the draw is. Of course I said the same thing about Scotch prior to 2011...

10 months ago 2Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC commented

@Wierdo - my bottle of this also disappeared rather speedily. Irish rarely blow me away but, in fairness, they also rarely hang around for long ...

Nice review!

10 months ago 1Who liked this?

@CanadianNinja
CanadianNinja commented

I’ve always liked this one, but I definitely prefer the 15 yo myself.

Either way, both are enjoyable whiskies.

...Neither are as enjoyable as pot.

...God I can’t wait to get back to Canada!!

10 months ago 2Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC commented

@casualtorture It was declassified to a class C drug a while back here (so not legal but you'd have had to hAve a LOT to get in trouble) then they moved it back to a class B a few years back.

Used to to be a real bugbear of mine in my younger days stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye and I'm sure I could still put up a strong argument were I pressed. Still, it does indeed seem crazy when one considers what's legal and often prescribed ...

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