Liquid Gold Award - 2014
Jim Murray's Whisky Bible
Irish Whiskey - 2014
Wizards of Whisky Awards
Best Irish Pot Still - 2013
World Whiskies Awards
Pure Pot Still Irish Whiskey - 2013
San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Irish Whiskey - Single Pot Still - 2013
International Wine & Spirit Competition
Single Irish Pot Still - 2013
The Irish Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)
Irish Whiskey of the Year - 2010
What's in a name? Redbreast 12 Year Old whiskey is called whiskey because it's produced in Ireland. Were it from Scotland it would be spelled Redbreast 12 Year Old whisky, rather than whiskey.
The nose is nutty and rich. There are notes of dried peels and spice, an oily note and cut fruits. The palate is spice and of good body. There are notes of nuts and citrus and the peel and juice thereof. There are hints of marzipan and dried peels and a hint of sherry. The finish is long and creamy with custard and spice.
Maybe I got a substandard bottle but I was a bit disappointed. It's pleasantly spicy and has an oiliness not unlike Powers (which I like), but compared to bog standard Jameson it's not much more exciting.
17th February 2014
I tried this about twelve years ago In a village pub south of Dublin. My friend and I were so impressed that we nearly finished the bottle. An extremely smooth and full of flavour whiskey - something that the Scots distilleries should be jealous of. I returned to Dublin again today and met this old friend and brought it home for Christmas, though whether the bottle lasts that long is another thing! Thank you Jameson's.
19th December 2013
I love it
15th December 2013
I got my first bottle back about 5 years ago for my 40th birthday. A buddy spoke highly of the whiskey. After my first sip I knew I was onto something grand. Needless to say as the night went on and my friends tried it, we made short work of the bottle. Absolutely one of the best whiskeys around. In Seattle I buy it for $54.00
25th November 2013
I failed to find a Bottle of Black Bush... the cellar man said try this.... Black Bush had a runner for my finest whiskey after this.... A few years have passed and I have discovered many better others.... but as far as Irish whiskey goes this ties 2nd place with Black Bush...... If you haven't tried the best Irish whiskey (Green Spot) and you like this... then you need to have a word with yourself.
1st November 2013
I can stop looking for the perfect whiskey, I found it in RedBreast.
Like the previous reviewers, I give this whiskey an outstanding review. I was surprisingly impressed. Very smooth, and flavorful.
29th September 2013
Rich and full bodies, with deep lingering flavors of caramel, heather, and persimmon.
26th August 2013
Friends gave me a bottle for my birthday this year and this is far and away the smoothest whiskey I've ever tasted. My son tried it and thought it was very special also, and we both plan to continue having this on hand (and tongue).
21st August 2013
Truly what I would imagine an angel's tears would taste like...
9th August 2013
This is a very good drop, good flavour profile smooth and an enjoyable drop. Recommended.
12th July 2013
10th July 2013
I've just had a tasting night with over a dozen whiskies at this price point and this was the clear winner!
13th May 2013
Drink it and thank profoundly the great whiskey distiller in the sky this stuff touched your lips
23rd November 2012
I know this is a well liked whiskey, but I can't say I'm so favorably impressed with either the aroma or the flavor. It's not bad, but neither do I find it interesting. On the other hand, I've only had this 3 cl sample, and I find that's often not enough to get the tastebuds to settle in on the flavors. I'll give it the same rating as a basic Speyside single malt--different but no more enjoyable. Karl
26th September 2012
Maino’s Whisky Tasting Notes http://mainosmusings.blogspot.com/
Name of Whisky:__Redbreast 12 year old Cask Strength____________
Distiller: (Irish Distillers Pernod Richard) Midleton Age:¬ 12years_ Color: Full Gold/Sauternes_
Sherry casks and Bourbon barrels___Single Pot Whiskey _ABV: _57.7%_____
Swirl: Very oily and viscous. Clings to the glass.
Nose (Neat):_ Vanilla,Cinnamon, Citric, Apple (Dilute): _ Earthy ,Vanilla,Cinnamon, Apple
Nose Intensity: Mellow, Prickly
Flavor:Vanilla,Cinnamon, Citric, Apple
Mouth Feel: Viscous, Drying
First Taste: Sweet
First Taste Intensity: Mellow Warming Prickly Peppery Sharp
Finish Intensity: Warming, Prickly
Comments: This is a part of a batch of only 68 casks. This means that there will be some variation due to the wood that would get averaged out when more casks are used. This first bottles became available in Ireland, France and Germany, and then in the US only in February 2012. I’m writing this on 03-02-2012. Wow! This hits with a kick wrapped in a pillow. It starts mellow..than warms. You know you’ve tasted a good whiskey! You must sip this one. NO GULPING allowed! This is an excellent whiskey! Very nice indeed.
M rating: 5Ms MMMMM’s Cost: __$65 __
4th March 2012
Haha. This stuff is beautiful, I've never been so pleased with a new find. It's incredibly smooth, although I'd say Sainsbury's Dun Leire is smoother but this is bigger and more complex. Just as an extra note see if you can taste the sour apples - top notch!
31st January 2012
I don't drink anything else since I discovered Redbreast.......Perfection.
4th December 2011
I had it for the first time at a friends home. I will be having it again! Well done does not say enough. It is so smooth.
10th July 2011
this is one of the best i have tasted and at this price point i have to give it a perfect score, bought this on a whim and now it is a mainstay, like the previous reviews have stated this stands up and even out shines whiskey that is much older, just can't say enough good things about this one,a job well done by the distillers, congrats!
12th March 2011
Absolutely Beautiful!! smooth as a young woman's skin and as soft as her touch, better than the top 21 year old named brands
8th March 2011
This whisky outshines most "excellent" single malts on the market. You need to try it to believe it. From the the nose to the lingering finish, there is an explosion of flavours. Simply unique.
11th June 2010
Superb whisky - one of the (if not "THEE") smoothest tasting whisky I have every had the pleasure of enjoying. For a 12 yr old, Redbreast holds it's own with any 18 yr Glenmorangie - well done.
13th August 2009