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I bought this bottle on a whim after hearing great things about it. After several sittings with it, I am very happy with my choice.
Before I begin, a reminder that I place different priorities on nose, taste, finish, and balance.
Redbreast is the Irish whiskey that I've tried seriously. After drinking many Canadian and Scottish spirits, the Redbreast's nose is unique. The nose presents a very breakfast cereal-like note. I am reminded of Cheerios. Further to that is various spices and very very subtle sour fruits; think lemons.
The taste surprised me, not because it was good or bad (it was quite good) but because it was almost completely different from the nose. There were still traces of cereal, but vanilla and brown sugar jumped out right away. Much to my surprise and delight, I also found just a hint of salt.
On the finish I noticed the flavours lingered throughout the medium length finish. It was also very creamy. Really interesting for a spirit.
I really liked Redbreast, and even though I am not overly experienced with Ireland's other offerings, I am confident saying this one is one of the best. My only criticism is that the whiskey is fragile. Water unlocks more flavour but much care is needed when adding it.
Nose 24/30 Taste 36/40 Finish 18/20 Balance 7/10