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Redbreast 12 Year Old

(70cl, 40.0%)
Redbreast 12 Year Old
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(57 Reviews)
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Red Breast 12 Bottling Note

A delightful Pure Pot Still Irish whiskey, Redbreast 12 is highly praised by Jim Murray and a host of other notable whisky critics. Named 'Overall Irish Whiskey of the Year' at the 2013 Irish Whiskey Awards, we can't get enough of it.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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.

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User Reviews of the Redbreast 12 Year Old

The nectar of the gods.

I've been drinking scotch for years. I was given a bottle of this a present and haven't looked back. The 21 year old is special, though all of Redbrests Whiskeys are a delight.

17th May 2016

New to this....

I was not a big whisky fan until I learned the complexity involved in the creation. I've tried numerous top shelf brands and this is without question is one of the best!

27th March 2016

Expected whiskey, but got brandy

Originally wanted to get Scotch, but since it was st. Patrick's day, I decided to get Irish instead. I'm not sure if I just got one from a bad batch, but just like a guy from previous review, all I could taste and smell in this was brandy. Even though it actually wasn't that bad, I'm disappointed since I don't like brandy.

21st March 2016

Not so epic

Clearly aged in Brandy casks, as the overwhelming nose is brandy as is the initial flavour upon tasting. Not much else is evident. With the addition of an ice cube, the liquid becomes syrupy, a slight citrus flavour and the brandy influence remains.
As a lover of single malt scotch this is not encouraging me to check out more Irish.

16th March 2016


Epic. Simples

15th March 2016

Always improving

At first taste this is nothing special but on the later part of the second sip and on to the third and forth sips this has developed into an especially subtle and complex flavour.

25th February 2016

Dr Aida Takla

Amazing aroma taste is gentle and exciting, like nothing I have rated before.
Gets in your system like soothing cream

18th February 2016

The standard

Redbreast 12 has been the standard (more so than even redbreast 15 ans 21) in my opinion for whiskey in general. Smooth, pleasant and lasting.

12th February 2016

One of the lightest smoothest whiskey's I've ever tasted.

One of the lightest smoothest whiskey's I've ever tasted.

18th January 2016

Big fan...

Was given a bottle as a gift last year. Since then have bought several more. The taste and finish are so full, complex and lasting. Love good bourbon and scotch and will pay good money for the best. I'd rather have this than just about anything.

18th January 2016

This was great - A surprise, as good as my single malt Scotch and aged bourbons!

I have never been impressed with Irish Whiskey, but my experience with it was a cheaper popular variety. I was surprised when a friend insisted I share a bottle of Redbreast with him. The taste was captivating - we drinking it with ice - and two of us wound up nearly finishing the bottle! This is as smooth, tasty, and enjoyable as our premium American whiskies (rye and corn), comparable to a quality Scotch, and for my taste, superior taste to any Canadian spirits. I am excited to discover this new option to quality drinking.

21st December 2015

Well Received

After a particularly long week at work, I came home to a Christmas gift of Redbreast 12 from my boss. Smooth and relaxing !!

19th December 2015


Smooth as silk! Wonderful on ice. Just sip slowly and enjoy the flavor.

25th November 2015


Simply the best!I use it for my desert. It never fails my palate.

14th November 2015

Lovely, beautiful, amazing stuff!

The first thing I notice upon opening a new bottle is some very attractive menthol notes on the nose: predominantly wintergreen, créme de menthe, peppermint...spearmint plays hide and seek. Additionally, I find nutmeg, and something reminiscent of Andes mints...vanilla, fresh apples, a touch of lemon zest. County fair cotton candy, and honey buttered cinnamon sprinkled fried bread are unique, delightful undertones. Unfortunately, the caramel colouring is noticeable, and is the only thing I don't like about it-- but it's forgivable. Palate (entry) is minty, spicy, creamy, and chocolatey. The middle brings mandarin orange, Thai peanut sauce, and flan. There is a slight salty coastal note, and the unmalted barley is pasty and delicious. The finish is of bread pudding, green grapes, a variety of organic apples with skins in tact...slight hints of Siamese plum sauce, sweet and also vegetal chilies. Once again, I taste the caramel colouring, but this is such a unique and lovely whiskey, it is easily forgivable and really doesn't do much to detract from such a memorable and well rounded pour. Remarkable complexity with a medium body, a very unique and attractive main profile, and plenty of surprises to those who enjoy searching for them. The mouthful is both oily, juicy, jammy, creamy but overall is oaky, sticky, resinous and somewhat drying. I love the copper imarts, and superb balance, and the very unique character of this Irish giant. It is a big whiskey for Irish liquid, but in general is medium bodied-- yet jam packed with flavor. I've only just opened this bottle and no doubt it will further develop and blossom, (I usually don't give a review until I've gone through at least one bottle)-- but this has all the hallmarks of outstanding development over time after opening (bottle breathing, ie; desirable oxydization development) ...I am confident in recommending this one to anyone who's not put off by minty whiskies. I find them to be a rare treat. More herbaceous notes are already developing in my glass: yarrow, catnip tea (a member of the mint family), black liquorice and chicory root. EXTREMELY LONG FINISH!

12th September 2015

Redbreast 12 and Redbreast 12 new cask strength

I had this idea I could not wait to get this new cask strength finest whiskey in the world.I was able to get a sample taste from a friend in
Texas USA I live in Missouri USA well to my surprise I could not drink it neat.So I am glad I did not buy a bottle as the Redbreast 12 is in my
opinion (as I only sip Irish whiskey neat and NO other)Redbreast 12 is still the finest pot still distilled spirits in the world along with maybe 2 or 3 others.For me its all about the used casks that it or any world class whiskey is finished in and of course it personal taste.Now that I have found your website I can buy direct from you Fedx and UPS come right to my front door.

23rd July 2015

Redbreast 12 year old

The best whiskey. As it is no longer available in Manitoba , Canada, and my stocks are limited, And being an avid Arsenal fan, I only get to drink it to celebrate an Arsenal victory. A conundrum as I hope they win but it means that my supply is being diminished. I hope they win in order to indulge this fantastic taste. I have converted a few die hard Scotch drinkers to this smoother and tastier whiskey !

23rd July 2015

do enjoy a good glass of Redbreast

Bought in Sweden, drank it in Ireland the first time. Love it.

10th June 2015

Love it.

Ordered it this time yesterday, delivered and opened and tasted in about 24 hours, it was recommended to me and I like it lots, tried a drop without water and a drop with, I think it needs a little water, an angels tear drop, as once described to me, is enough, lets see if my opinion changes as I work my way down the bottle.

29th April 2015

True classic

This is a must have best in its price range.

21st February 2015

Intrepid CVS11

This is the SMOOTHEST whiskey I have had in 20 years. I was given this as part of a Duty-Free package and I can;t wait to go back to Dublin to visit the family and pick up a bottle of it.

18th January 2015

redbreast 😊 mmmm

As Scottish malt whisky fan, I have never tasted an Irish whisky I found comparable until I was given a Redbreast 12yr old for Christmas. Mmmm, this is a fine whisky which I have enjoyed immensely.
The best Irish whisky I have tasted.

1st January 2015

A good whiskey that could be crushed under the weight of its own reputation

Look, it's a super Irish whiskey, it's very tasty... But no whiskey could live up to the promises made for this one in terms of the raft of awards and favourable reviews. Drink and enjoy, but let's not fetishize what is only one accomplished Irish offering amongst many.

15th December 2014

Reminded me of corked wine

Good stuff-but i tasted a little mold----I guess from the barrels----mind you i was tasting laphroigh the week before.

5th December 2014

Irish Orphan train grandson

Best Irish whiskey I have had, live in Indiana, great Irish roots!, only wish we could trace them

4th December 2014

oh wie lecker

Das ist einer besten Wiskeys die ich jemals getrunken habe. Die Flasche stand einige Zeit in meinem Schrank. Dann hatte ich Besuch aus Bristol. Eine gute Gelegenheit die Flasche zu öffnen. Leider war das Vergnügen zu schnell vorüber.

4th November 2014

It's back!

I was in the local Port Of Wines store buying champagne and staring at good Scotch like Tiny Tim through the window when I spied Redbreast. Will definitely buy it!

2nd November 2014

Found It!

This has been a hard to find slippery feller, a Brigadoon of a whiskey, and only found last week in a fake Irish bar in New York...(this was the real thing though)...and I've never found it in my native England...smooth, hint of smoke, fruity and a distinct metallic, probably copper taste, but very pleassnt indeed. Worth hunting down, especially when in New York

23rd October 2014

My Favourite

I stumbled across this whiskey and really enjoyed it. I tried to get it again and it seems as though it is no longer available in British Columbia.

11th September 2014

My go-to-dram

I agree with most of the other reviews here. Im a peat-man at all times, but Redbreast is so f-ing fantastic and silky that i had to drink a second glass and then one more. The spice notes seem to play around but never take over, the sherry brings a sweetness that is so Irish it will have you singing after a few drinks, the oak influence together with the sherry brings a little drying on the finish. All together it is a lipsmackingly, marvelous and mouth watering dram. A must have in my mini-bar.

30th August 2014

Great Nose

I can nose this whiskey all day (and night) long, it is just fantastic full of spicy notes. The palate and finish are very appealing as well.

15th August 2014


smooth and hearty, and worth the money

31st July 2014

Like ALI, The Greatest

I absolutely love the whiskey taste. It goes down better than my finest cognacs. This whiskey needs No water, No ice and No mix. Now I hear it's going off the market. If I can't buy any in Canada, Can I buy some in the USA.

28th July 2014

The Best

Introduced to this whiskey at RiRa in Las Vegas a couple of years ago. It's all I drink now.

13th July 2014

One of the Best

The Best Irish for your buck without a doubt, definitely a lot better than Jamesons.

24th March 2014

Nice but not that interesting.

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

An old friend

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

My Favorite

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

My search is over......

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

Pure Heaven

Truly what I would imagine an angel's tears would taste like...

9th August 2013

Very good

This is a very good drop, good flavour profile smooth and an enjoyable drop. Recommended.

12th July 2013

Best Irish Whiskey


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

mind blowingly good

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 Whiskey Tasting Notes: Red breast 12 year old

Maino’s Whisky Tasting Notes

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: Sweet
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

Heaven In A Glass.

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

top notch

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

God Bless RedBreast

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

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