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Redbreast 12 Year Old

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mReview by @merlot798

22nd Aug 2010


Redbreast 12 Year Old
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My first sip was a little disappointing. I expected a rush of flavors and instead was met with the stringency of alcohol and a slight dirt taste. I also wanted to be met with a sweetness I am so fond of in my sipping Bourbons. Not wanting to brush past a whisky so highly regarded by others I gave it another shot.

I was pleasantly surprised with my decision. The heat of the alcohol was replaced by a welcomed warmth seconds after my swallow. The dirt taste was no longer there and the vanilla and tastes of wood casks rushed to the front. Closing my eyes I could almost picture the casks eagerly waiting for their twelfth birthday. This whisky was smooth and easy to drink, once my palate grew accustomed. There's a slight floral quality to each sip, but I'm not able to place the source.

Sip this one over a few ice cubes and don't be afraid to have a second dram.

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Carl commented

Funny thing, sometimes our palate changes. It can happen the opposite way as well, and I find that especially with scotch single malts. I bought a Glenfarclas 15 year recently, and it was sublime on the first tasting. Couple of days later, I took a couple of sips and poured the rest back into the bottle! I always find as well, that the second sip at any particular tasting is the one to judge by. The first time I tried Jameson Original, I had your experience. It was at home, and I couldn't even drink the glass empty. Later, on a visit to a local restaurant, I had one after dinner, then a second one - a double! After that, I have had it often. That is also one reason I don't really like to sample things in bars before I buy. If I do some research, on websites such as this, 99% of the time what I buy does not disappoint. I had a couple of Jameson Original today while I was out at a bar. Now, after I get home, I am having a couple of Jameson Special Reserve 12 year. The Original was great, but this 12 year is tasting like pure nectar! Goes to show, you just never know how your taste buds will react on any given day! Cheers, Carl

13 years ago 0

AboutChoice commented

I have also had different experiences with the same whiskies. But some things can be controlled, so as not to waste the whisky. Such as, not eating before tasting, and priming the palate with some other, maybe cheaper, spirits before tasting something interesting. If you indeed prefer a dram after a meal, perhaps take a small sip first, to see if it is going to work.

13 years ago 0

Victor commented

There are so many variables influencing the whisk(e)y experience that it is always good to keep an open mind and re-sample a whisky to review impressions. Redbreast 12 is a lovely whiskey.

13 years ago 0

Billyboy05055 commented

This is without doubt one of my favorites . . . now!

But like you I had a tough time when first trying it. The alcohol was over powering, burned all the way down the pipe. But on the second swallow, ah, its better qualities started to emerge and it continues to get better and better. It is now one of the smoothest whiskeys I have in my cabinet.

12 years ago 0