Crafted at the Midleton Distillery in County Cork, Redbreast is recognised worldwide as the flag bearer of Irish pot still whiskey. The 12 years old expression is the brand’s staple release and the distinctive squat green bottle with its red and gold packaging can be seen adorning the shelves of any well stocked pub, bar or hotel (assuming that their stockist has looked beyond just your usual Jameson’s or Bushmills for their Irish whiskey source). The spirit is made from a mash of malted and unmalted barley, before being triple distilled in copper pot stills and then being primarily matured in sherry casks for its designated 12+ years. The whiskey is available in regular bottling (40% ABV) and periodical cask strength versions (57-59% ABV) and has won numerous titles and medals throughout the years. Here, we happily take on the regular release (40% ABV).
A soft but rich nose with lots of fruity flavours, like currants and oranges and a little spiciness.
Really quite sweet flavours. The dried fruits from the initial nose are complemented with fresh, sweet caramel and vanilla flavours.
Soooo smooth. The fruit flavours leave for a melted vanilla ice cream coating on the threat – like a boozy cola float.
When people say, “I like such-and-such a whisky, because it is nice and smooth” then this will blow their minds and reset the bar for what “smooth” really means. That’s what it did for me, anyway. I knew that Irish whiskey was more renowned for its triple distillation and “creamy mouthfeel” but this is just something else. And that’s not taking into account the nice sherried fruit flavours and velvety sweetness. Definitely one to be savoured at the end of the evening, regardless of the season or occasion, and one that can easily be appreciated by whiskey drinkers old and new.