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Redbreast 12 Year Old

Pure Pot Still.

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@TheCasksReview by @TheCasks

23rd Mar 2010


  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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Along with Green Spot 8 Year Old Irish Whiskey, Redbreast is a rare, true pure pot still. Distilled from both malted and un-malted barley, Redbreast is aged for at least 12 years in sherry and bourbon casks.

The Nose: A wonderful heat, ripe orange, a little baked fruit...apple cobbler maybe, vanilla and caramel. I might be imagining a faint whiff of sweet pipe smoke as well. There's a rye-like zing that is really mouthwatering. The pot still gives it a sharpness and a quickness. You know from the moment you put your nose in the glass that this is a strong, lively whiskey.

The Palate: Great, smooth, viscous mouth-feel. A faint wisp of wet stone...then, strength. A baked sweetness and malt notes fly everywhere doing their sharp rye imitation again only to swell into a huge, rich peppery mid-palate blow-up, replete with vanilla, burnt sugar and a faint touch of fruit.

The Finish: Long and strong, that peppery-ness dances on the tongue while all the other flavors march past in a jumbled parade.

Thoughts: For my money, this is the best Irish Whiskey out there. The pot still quality really sets it apart from its Coffey Still-addled brethren. It's a strong, insistent, incredibly well-balanced, raucous dram. Not to be missed or missing from your cabinet.

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badams commented

Aye it is a glorious Irish whiskey, a highly appreciated bottle on my shelf.

10 years ago 0

PeatAndMeat commented

I'm quite getting into Irish Whiskey at the moment. Picked up a bottle of Bushmills today.

10 years ago 0

indianabond commented

This is my standard at home whiskey at the moment.

10 years ago 0

drinix commented

I had the pleasure of having a dram of this irish gem yesterday in a bar. I absolutely loved it. It was quite interesting to notice how the whisky has a marked sherry nose while towards the finish it disguises itself as a bourbon. Chameleonlike.

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