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Redbreast 12 Year Old

Fruity, but dry

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

19th Mar 2023


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Ah, the first time I tasted the Redbreast 12 was in 2009. It is therefore high time to put it on the lips again, I think. And I have a double portion, because both Benny and Pat – two good whisk(e)y buddies got a sample. This concerns (2x) a bottling from 2021.

Accessible nose on cereal and coconut, followed by a lot of mango and (to a lesser extent) apples and orange peels. Relatively dry, in all honesty. Less juicy than I can remember. Some chamomile tea and soft notes of oak.

It starts relatively creamy on the palate, but even here it quickly becomes rather dry. The typical spiciness that I expect from single pot still, stays a bit out of this. That is not disappointing, because it is nice and fruity to taste with some tropical and European notes. Think apples, pears, but also mango and pineapple. A drop of honey tries to counteract the tannin of the cask, but still has the greatest difficulty with that.

The aftertaste is medium-long, starts fruity but then quickly evolves into drying notes of the oak.

Just good, but not so exceptional. I honestly expected more from it. Thx, Benny & Pat!

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