Review No.169. Redbreast 12 Year Old

There are distilleries around the world that just know how to create excellent whisky.  In the US there is Buffalo Trace who produce a wide range of bourbons under different brands covering all price ranges.  I see Mildeton as the Irish equivalent.  They produce the standard Jameson and many other bottles under the brand but they also produce whiskies that progress up the price range.  In the next 3 reviews I will be covering the Redbreast 12, Powers John Lane and Mildeton Barry Crockett which are all produced by Midleton.  The Redbreast 12 year old is one of those whiskies that you rarely see or hear a bad word being mentioned.  Many whisky enthusiast put this down as a classic.  The Redbreast 12 has been matured in a both Oloroso sherry casks and bourbon casks although I am not sure if they have been married together or finished in Oloroso sherry casks.


Whisky: Redbreast 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whisky, 40%

Nose: Sweet sherry, butterscotch, vanilla, honey, Victoria sponge cake, jam, cloves

Taste: Cinnamon, vanilla, roasted nuts, cocoa, dried fruit

Finish: Cocoa and vanilla

Score: 3.25

Summary: I can see why this has many fans.  It delivers on the sherry front with lots of cake, dried fruits and spice notes.  If I was to drink this blind I would mistaken it for a Speyside single malt.  The delivery from start to finish is consistent so the aromas on the nose translated onto the taste and finish.  There is a soft quality to this which makes it very drinkable.  However, I can’t pick out a stand out flavour which makes this noticeable.  There are older and stronger versions of this which I can imagine takes the 12 year old to the next level.



Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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