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Drink Review: Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength

A follow-up release to the award-winning and rightly popular batch B1/11, this is the second bottling 12 year old Cask Strength whiskey from Redbreast. A rich and complex single pot still Irish whiskey, packed full of flavour and a big favourite at TWE.

Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength Review:

The Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength is a tasty dram, packed full of flavour. Retaining a lovely balance between sweetness and spice, the high alcohol contents and slower distillation process is something that comes through strongly and ensures robustness in the long run. The look of the glass is nice as well with a lovely dark and deep brown colour, with the ginger on the nose coming through well as well.

In the taste, scotch types can be found fairly strongly, with more than enough of the ginger spice to fill the palate. There is a slight smoke note that lingers at the back of the throat to remind you that despite its level of richness, it comes from a pot still.

The Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength is a tasty dram: smooth, warming, and harmonious in its flavours. This is a whiskey that rewards with its complexity and a great value at the price.

This is simply a solid whiskey – sweet, toasty, spicy, and full-bodied all around. Any of the elements in this it is balanced well and it flows nicely. This has a lot more depth than the standard Redbreast.

Easy to drink, but absolutely worth it, this is brilliantly elegant and well-balanced.

A no-fuss, no-doubt-about-it, well-balanced, full-on Irish Whiskey. There is a great deal of complexity, some real notes of dry wood, and some great spice presence in this one. Sweet, toasty, spicy, the Redbreast 12 has a very nice balance across the board which remains fairly consistent through the whole of the tasting.

Very well balanced. This is a whiskey that loves to be taken on its own terms, and has a huge amount of balance right across the board. Highly recommended.

This is a whiskey that doesn’t disappoint. Of course Irish whiskeys are often described as “gentle” and this one is in that class. It has a good amount of body, and there’s a dryness in the finish that lasts just long enough to get a little touch of spice on the aftertaste. This is a whiskey that doesn’t mess about on the tongue. Get past that and you really can appreciate the complexity of the blend.

Barrel-aged whiskey that is smooth with a warm aftertaste. Lacking in that a little sweetness that comes from maturation in used barrels, a leap of faith is required to enjoy this in the bar environment but it delivers. Keep the glass away from your face and take a deep whiff. Citrus and spice notes emerge.

The rich nose is typical for Redbreast whiskeys, showcasing notes of dried fruit, citrus and baking spices. The soft palate is followed through to the finish with a lingering sweetness for some balance. A good whiskey for sharing, but one which has the robustness, depth and complexity to please a connoisseur.

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Redbreast 12 Cask Strength Review:

Love this whiskey. It is pretty awesome. It has a bit of a bite early on, but as it warms, the syrup coats the tongue so much that it’s not a problem. Then, as with the chocolate cookie, it is glorious. I had the smoked salmon and it was amazing.

This is a really good whiskey. Stronger than you would think for a 12 year old, and there is a touch more spice from the sherry maturation the distillation, which you would not pick if you only tried this on its own. I can’t tell you much more than that, it really is a lovely dram, that I think will appeal to lovers of the standard Redbreast. Good price, too.

This is a very nice whiskey, smooth with a definite burn or nose of dry spice that sticks with you for a while, but it never sticks in the throat.

I really enjoy this whiskey. When I drink it, it almost reminds me of a top quality Habanero. There’s the slight burn, and the warm finish that just lasts and lasts. I’m not an afficianado of Irish whiskeys, but this one I would recommend most highly.

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Written by Mark Adams

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