Redbreast 21 Year Old

70cl / 46%
  • Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
Redbreast 21 Year Old
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The oldest expression from Redbreast so far, this is a combination of malted and unmalted barley matured in a mixture of bourbon barrels and first-fill oloroso casks, resulting in a rich and complex whiskey.


  • Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2017: Irish Whiskey of the Year
21 Year Old


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • White Pepper White Pepper
  • Cinnamon Cinnamon
  • Apple Apple
  • Mango Mango
  • Biscuits Biscuits
  • Oak Oak

Redbreast 21 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Stuart P

    • Nose:

      Rather closed and restrained; takes time to unravel. Tightly knit malt, lots of spiciness lurking underneath.

    • Palate:

      Mint and menthol appear from nowhere, along with a big, rich spiciness, and suddenly you realise the complexity you’re dealing with: cinnamon and clove, apple, mango, biscuit, oats, white pepper, but all well defined and distinct.

    • Finish:

      Very long lasting, with the spices and fruit all lingering. This needs time to contemplate.

  • Producer's Notes

    • Nose:

      Remarkable aroma spanning fresh tropical fruits, nuts and rich dried fruit.

    • Taste:

      Soft vanilla, toasted oak, sherry nuttiness with a dusting of pot still spices. Luscious fleshy fruit notes complete the creamy mouth feel.

    • Finish:

      Lingers, seemingly forever, to oak and pot still spices and then the final bow from the barley – where it all began.

13 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    12 February

    Best whiskey I have ever tasted. Absolutely beautiful taste and smell.

  • 5
    8 February

    I hate to do this, because it the price is exorbitant, but this is the best Irish whiskey I have had. There are cheaper alternatives that come close but the complexity in this is something else.

  • 5
    17 January

    Smooth and complex – a real treat. Definitely worth the money.

  • 5
    26 December 2018

    Started with the 12 then 15 now onto the 21, all top class but this 21 is definitely a bit special. Best whiskey on the market. Doesn't get any smoother.

  • 5
    5 November 2018

    My first sip of Red Breast 21 was delicious to every single tastebud. I actually enjoy whiskeys and I'm not one to get caught in the "hype" of name or price point. The notes have been described by others but its really a personal palate experience. Sip by sip, I savored every drop and picked up a bottle at The Loop on the way home.

  • 5
    20 October 2018

    Redbreast 21 – best whiskey. Nothing compares, it is quite an unforgettable experience. I brought one bottle from Ireland last year and shared with special friends. Everyone shared the same opinion about one of the best ever tasted.

  • 5
    27 October 2016

    I don't normally spend this kind of money on spirits. I was treated this one at a fancy local restaurant. Frankly I've never tasted anything like this. The complexity was amazing. The aroma was very refined like a classy cologne. Each sip produced a remarkable ensemble of flavors that slowly developed in my mouth, even the aftertaste continued to develop. I understand that this whiskey is in short supply so I bought a bottle but due to the price I'm saving it for very special occasions.

  • 5
    16 October 2015

    A lovely sip. Purchased as a gift to myself after a rather arduous school year, and worth every cent. Aromatic. Creamy. Rich, warm, spicy finish. I believe I need just a bit more, please.

  • 5
    18 July 2015

    Bought a bottle of 21 and found myself appreciating fine Irish whisky. Other than living in Ireland, this is the closest to the green ire.

  • 2
    17 June 2015

    I have tried this now twice along with the 12 year old at the same tasting. My friends and I all greatly prefer the 12. Perhaps we got a bad bottle of 21, but it was not very good.

  • 5
    5 January 2015

    I have to admit I didn''t think they could get better than the old 15 year old and expected the extra age would damage this but it''s so well balanced. This is truly amazing. I live for such whiskeys.

  • 5
    3 December 2014

    Took Peters advice and bought it for myself as a birthday gift. This is a very good whisky for this price area. Highly recommended!

  • 5
    7 October 2014

    Nose: It's a lot less 'harsh' than I would have expected. There's hints of nuts and fruit. Palate: It's oak, sherry, maybe some vanilla, AND OMG IT'S CREAMY. Finish: Lasts pretty long, definitely longer than the 12 and 15 but it lasts long in a good way. Comment: Amazing whiskey for the price. Well worth it. This would make a fine birthday / christmas gift for yourself.