Redbreast 12 Year Old

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Redbreast 12 Year Old
70cl / 40%
Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
Redbreast is a beautifully balanced pure pot still Irish Whiskey, with a warm, generous texture, rich, sweet flavours and a spicy kick. In the view of many connoisseurs, the finest Irish whiskey available. Picked up the top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards 2010, and was named as Irish Whiskey of the year by Jim Murray in the Whisky Bible 2010, with a score of 96 points.

World Whiskies Awards

World Whiskies Awards 2014: Best Pot Still 12yo and Under
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£38.55
(£32.13 ex. VAT)
Tasting Notes:
Tasting Notes by Michael Jackson

Nose:  Clean, fresh. Hint of linseed. Nuts. Cake.

Palate:  By far the biggest of this selection. Assertive and complex, with lots of development and seemingly infinite dimension. Ginger cake, brazil nuts, treacle.

Finish:  Liquorice-like sherry notes.

Comment:  Delicious, soothing, contemplative. A great whiskey. Makes me want to get on a plane to Dublin immediately.

Score: 9 / 10

[These tasting notes have been reproduced from Whisky Magazine Issue 3]

Tasting Notes by Jim Murray

Nose:  With Green Spot, the most impressive of Irish noses. There's a fruity, almost rye-like quality, and deft, honeyed sweetness, a touch of sherry, cream soda vanilla and some peppery notes. Breathtaking.

Palate:  The flavours take off in all directions. Spiciness and a pot still backbone softened by sherry. Very firm with some toffee.

Finish:  Oily, some liquorice and enormous sweet-sour complexity. Spicy and long.

Comment:  Not quite perfect, but still an astonishing experience.

Score:  9 / 10

[These tasting notes have been reproduced from Whisky Magazine Issue 3]

Tasting Notes by Peter Mulryan

Nose: The very Irish nose tweak of resin, sherry and linseed.

Palate: Fat and oily. Layers of satin ginger, silk honey and hints of spicy liquorice.

Finish: Vanilla pods and marsala.

Comment: This is what real pure pot still whiskey is all about, a glorious contradiction of soft fruit and firm grain, oily seeds and sweet wood. World beating stuff.

Score: 9 / 10

[These tasting notes have been reproduced from Whisky Magazine Issue 43]

Tasting Notes by Dave Broom

Nose: Intense and full blooded. Pot still richness: citrus oils, hot sealing wax, leather, tobacco, tea, maraschino, overripe fruits, marzipan. Exemplary.

Palate: Ridiculously big. Oozes into the mouth and erupts. Spices galore to the finish. Oily and unctuous.

Finish: Long, rich, oily.

Comment: Whiskey covering the entire spectrum of aroma, taste, feel, flavour. World class.

Score: 9 / 10

[These tasting notes have been reproduced from Whisky Magazine Issue 43]

Customer Reviews: (48 reviews)
Had my first taste of Redbreast 12 as suggested by a waitress named Robin (believe it or not) at an Irish Pub in Michigan last January. I could not believe how great this whiskey is. I had several with friends and the last was everybit as smooth and delicate as the first. I highly recommend it to any Irish Whiskey fan.
- CRK, 21st March
I was, for 57 of my 58 years, NOT a whiskey drinker...then Clancy (my favorite barkeep) slid a Readbreast 12 across the bar to me and said, "Just try it"..Well, I am a lover now. And even though nothing compares to my first love ( including her older and stronger sisters) Jameson 18 has found a place in my affections, and I have a date with Yellow Dot...soon I hope. 3 can be company too. All that I have introduced to Readbreast 12 have also fallen hard for her.
- Clayton Bigsby, 16th May '13
The best bottle of spirit I' ve ever brought, lived up to all expectations and some...it is so much better than anything you can say/ write and all previous reviews tell a similar story. I was converted by a French speaking Irishman in the Alps
- Will, 5th Apr '13
Redbreast 12 year old Single Pot Still is absolutely marvelous, wondrous whiskey. My favourite Pot Still whiskey. Easier to find than other Pot Still Power's John's Lane, or Green Spot, or Yellow Spot, and less expensive. If you can find Redbreast, consider yourself fortunate, and buy it, it's well worth every penny. Absolutely 100 % a+ top notch.
- Glen Huff, Seattle WA, 4th Mar '13
Had this on recommendation from a bar fly in Ireland. absolutely scrumptious. Normally I drink Scotch single malts but have asked friends to bring this back to Oz if they can find it.
- Fiona, 7th Feb '13
Smooth and sweet, great when you need a break from smoke and peat. Beautiful aroama. Wow good stuff.
- MAW 20 Dec 12, 20th Dec '12
Amazing whiskey
- Francesco, 21st Nov '12
I've been a fan of Irish whiskey for years and eventually settled on Jameson's as my reliable choice.... That is until one chance evening at a fine Lafayette square restaurant in New Orleans offered me Red Breast. The first sip was amazing, everything I enjoy about Irish whiskey, the aromas, texture, varied palate of spices. A must try for the Irish whiskey drinker and my new favorite.
- anonymous, 4th Sep '12
midleton very rare is the best
- david scott, 21st Jun '12
Really nice whiskey. Being Scottish this is one hellova find! Now one of my favourites. My wife bought this for me on a trip to Dublin - all because I like breasts and the colour red! Little did she know she found an Irish gem of a whiskey!!!
- Neil, 29th Apr '12
For me this was quite unremarkable. Good but not amazing. Reasonable value for money. I can understand the cult following but it didn't blow me away.
- Gordon Reeves, 18th Apr '12
one of the best whiskeys your will drink. so try it now.:)
- shaun, 22nd Mar '12
Spent bits of last year working in Ireland. When I got back to Canada and nostalgia hit I bought a bottle of Redbreast, which I'd never had. When that cork came off, I was transported back to Glendalough on a damp day. The nose is a mix of spicy and citrus. Palate leans towards oily ginger and fresh grass. The finish is pleasantly bitter, but a bit short. Try nosing the glass after it has stood empty for about 5 minutes. Call me weird if you want, but it's absolutely sensational.
- MK, 11th Feb '12
Growing up on Bourbon in the States I was fairly new to Irish Whiskies. I have more recently been on a mission to teach my tastebuds about Scotch and also Irish Whiskey. I have found many a Scotch that I enjoy, but I have to say I have really taken to the Irish Whiskies: Writer's Tears and Redbreast in particular. In keeping it simple, I find the Redbreast to be like having a slice of Apple pie with plenty of spice. I have really come to enjoy it.
- Jer, 23rd Jan '12
i love all whiskey, no matter the type. now i will grant you that some are better than others and each style has its standouts but this has far exceeded my expectations and im thrilled to say that i now have a new favorite as of late ive been drinking the jameson 12 and the middelton 18 and this to me is just amazing 5 stars 2 thumbs up or what ever other thing you want to say about it just go and try it for your self and you wont be dissapointed.
- Anthony, 15th Jan '12
The problem with this whisky is that the bottle has two states: open and empty. Tastes great and lots of vitamins too.
- Joel, 5th Jan '12
It's the nectar of the Gods. Need I say more?
- The Cavanaugh, 22nd Dec '11
It can vary a lot from year to year, just like a Bordeaux vintage, most are excellent, one year was poor and sulphurous and the 20I0 "vintage" was exceptional, sooo complex and long truly one of the best whiskeys on the market and worthy of Jim Murrays 96
- Carl, 17th Dec '11
One of the great whiskies of the world. Complex and beautiful. Look out for the new cask strength. People saying they're not fans of Irish whiskey are trying too hard not to be fans of Irish whiskey. There are lots of different types of Irish whiskey, some of which have a lot in common with single malt scotch.
- Roger. , 20th Nov '11
Scotch drinkers, we get it. This isn't your thing. Please move along.
- anonymous, 7th Oct '11
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