Finish: Bitter and peppery. Nose: My glass was left covered for over 20 minutes to allow all the aromas to accumulate. Finish: medium length with hints of gooseberry and hints of vanilla. Wonderful. Oaky but not overpoweringly so. Distilled using the legendary Irish method of employing a mix of malted and un-malted barley and then triple distilling in copper stills. Compared to the 12 year old, this will take on more green apple and toffee notes. In this video I am cracking open a bottle of Redbreast 12 Year Irish Whiskey. And Midleton Distillery, where Redbreast is made, are masters of this craft. One of the most decorated Irish whiskeys, Redbreast is the largest selling Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey in the world. Redbreast 15YO has almost anything you need from a … Berries. The whiskey is crafted from a marriage of malted and unmalted barley, which are milled and mashed before being … And in the case of my "great personality" it's also completely untrue. This afternoon at the office, I poured my second of three Irish whiskies I'll be reviewing over the next couple of days. Puts it somewhere between an Irish blend and a single malt Scotch - but it is unmistakably Irish. This in turn allowed them to go back to creating Redbreast, and it was launched again in 1996, in the form of a 12 Year Old that remains part of their core range today, alongside the Redbreast 15 Year Old. The sourness threw me off. Spicy next with clove and other spices. If I were you I would make friends of someone who owns both and find out for yourself what they taste like. Not a preferred profile for me. Taste is so smooth and the finish leaves no residual negative tastes. Finish: long and warming, more dark fruits, cinnamon, caramel sauce, a touch of citrus returning, perhaps a hint of high quality, fruity olive oil. It's colour is a light honey colour, somewhat oily in the glass. The 15 Year Old is bottled at 46% abv, it is chill-filtered, and has added caramel colouring. Let it breathe and the grains come through next. Their whole core line is top-notch: 12, Cask Strength, 15, and 21. I don't expect to see the cask strength, nor the 21 year old, here in Ontario any time soon. The Redbreast 15 I'm tasting today was bottled in 2013 and is said to contain 15-19 Year Old Whiskies. But the 12 Cask strength with a decent drop of water opens up completely and has a wonderful finish. More cereals, more dust, more toffee. Oily. Enjoy reading The Whiskey Jug? Please support me on Patreon! As single pot still Irish whiskies, they combine malted and unmalted barley, and Redbreast matures them in a mix of bourbon and sherry casks. Redbreast 15 Year Old. Not my favorite nose. Just some of the examples that spring mind. The 15 is a quality whiskey, it has some rich dry fruity flavours and is very pleasant especially with a tiny drop of water. Bit sugary, black currant is present. 15.1k. I thought it was quite nice. @A'bunadhman, it is silky smooth. This is my review of the 2009/2010 version. So is the fennel and the clove. The name was a reference to the Robin Redbreast (a type of bird) and is attributed to the Chairman of Gilberys, who was an avid ornithologist. Redbreast is very polarizing, especially the 15year. Both Redbreast 12 CS and 15 are a good bit different from the standard 12. Water adds dark fruits and notes of hay. I've heard mixed reviews but can't help think I'd enjoy it. Highly, highly recommended. Expensive here; Haven't seen the Cask Strength but by the Aussie pricing standard I would, probably, have to sell a kidney to get one. In comparison, it fails to live up to the standard set by the previous (2005) edition. Nose: starts in a flatter way, the fresh grapefruit and tropical fruitiness of the 2005 edition is almost gone. I recently reviewed the Redbreast 12 Cask Strength and it was days before I could get it out of my mind. But yes I agree that many a time the younger expressions are much much better - Glenlivet 15 French Oak and the Glenlivet 16 CS much better for me than the 18, 21 and a XXV that I had tried. Full Disclosure Disclaimer: I currently work as the Global Brand Ambassador for Penderyn Distillery. I suppose you could say Redbreast 15 is Dame Judi Dench's Elizabeth whereas Redbreast 12 is Cate Blanchett's Elizabeth. The first nose was quite sour. Very, very fresh – like Fisherman’s Friend. Redbreast is square in middle of the great Irish whiskey revival. With hints of oak. Reminds sweet red wine a little bit. Great review @OdysseusUnbound . Nose: Dry citrus notes start the show with some red grapefruits and dash of sherry. Tasting Notes (2) Flavour Profile Facts Tasting Notes Reviews How We Pack Average score from 6 reviews and 19 ratings 87. Background. While many enthusiasts prefer Redbreast 12 Year Old, I prefer the 15 Year expression. Redbreast 15 year old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey, non-chillfiltered. After experiencing the 12YO, my expectations were high of course. I've found the same type of phenomenon in discussions with fans of Redbreast. Redbreast 15YO has complexity and it strikes with force especially in the finish – a mobster movie comes to mind immediately. Quite sweet and fruity. Would I buy another bottle? Redbreast 12 cask strength heaven. In fact, when someone describes a whiskey as smooth, I'm hesitant to buy it. All subsequent tastings revealed similar notes. Water is smooth; whiskey should let you know you're drinking something stronger. With a hint of bitter oak. I don't have the time or energy to outline all the historical inaccuracies in Braveheart or Kingdom of Heaven here, but I suppose we shouldn't be looking to Hollywood for history lessons. Have some drams with a new friend and … Palate: Feels grainy. None of these is undrinkable. Elizabeth was intelligent, clever, insightful, witty, and had a fiery temper. This process is unique to Ireland and gives Irish whiskey that signature spicy, coppery, sweet, malty and rich pot still character that the world is currently falling in love with all over again. If you've had Redbreast 12 don't be fooled. Great Irish Single Pot Still whiskey! Redbreast 15 Year Old is bottled at a higher abv than Redbreast 12, which might explain why the latter is more popular. Redbreast is pretty good, but not as good as your review suggests. Water brings fresh, yet bitter grapefruits and hints of dark chocolate. Let’s see what this one is like. An inexpensive option for toasts or occasions when you want something a little more special than your standard Jameson. This is one of the richest, and heaviest Irish pot still whiskeys. @OdysseusUnbound - I might this my next Redbreast purchase. They are ok. Only if I could get it at a better price than it goes for in Ontario. Mouth: basically the same differences: more spices (gingerbread, cardamom), less fruit (some bramble maybe). And of course it has to be an Irish mobster movie. This is drinkable and some might even say enjoyable. Redbreast 15 Year Old is bottled at a higher abv than Redbreast 12, which might explain why the latter is more popular. 50-59 Bad. Not sure if our tastes are different or if there's some major batch variance. For many, Redbreast is the best of the best when it comes to Irish whiskey. Redbreast is a favorite among Irish whiskey connoisseurs and known for producing whiskey that anyone can enjoy. I enjoyed reading it. Ireland- Single Pot Still, triple distilled, matured in Bourbon and Sherry seasoned Spanish Oak casks. This is an stunning Irish whiskey (so far the best Irish I have ever tasted). Warm sweet fruity, malty arrival medium length spicy vegetable finish. I have a bottle of the 12 year old, which is also pretty great! The 15 year old expression of Redbreast was initially a one-off release that was eventually made a permanent part of the range due to it's huge popularity. 80-84 Excellent. These are both outstanding Irish Whiskeys and one of them is our favorite Irish Whiskey we have ever had. Balance: Nicely in balance with a gorgeous finish. Harmonious taste of spice, fruit, and sherry. This and the 21 look very tempting. Barley. Hint: she wasn't. Finish: Long. Glenfiddich 18 possibly better than the 30 or maybe just as good. Become a … 70-74 Good. Very informative! Rich whiskey, which starts with good aromas and gets better in every step. Made from a mash of malted and unmalted barley and then triple distilled in copper pot stills, Redbreast 15 is comprised exclusively of Pot Still whiskeys matured in the finest oak casks for no less than 15 years. Is it gorgeous like it's 12 year old sibling? In 2010 the 15 year old expression was launched and since then the Cask Strength variant of the 12 year old was launched, along with the 21 year old and most recently, Redbreast Lustau, a no-age-statement edition that is finished in sherry casks from the Bodegas Lustau for at least one year. The sour-dough really comes through. Shares. It may not be as easily accessible as the 12 Year, but the 15 Year's vigour and complexity are better suited to my palate. Without a doubt. 60-64 Just About OK. 65-69 Ok to Good. My expectations were high, and they were matched. It's a pot still, triple distilled and bottled at 40% Abv. It has everything you need from a good whisk(e)y: complexity, character, sophistication. This is my first review and I thought I'd kick things off by doing a head to head tasting of Redbreast 12 vs Redbreast 12 Cask Strength! I've always wanted to try this one, as I had never had a pure pot still Irish whiskey before. I really enjoy this and am very eager to try the 12 year old. Oils. Redbreast 12 Year Old. RedBreast 12, their entry-level and most widely produced whiskey, is matured in first fill Sherry and first fill Bourbon barrels, giving it a very wood-influenced profile. 90+ Magnificent. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This method produces a unique spirit known as Pure Pot Still Whiskey. 0-49 Terrible. Purely amazing this finish and aftertaste, full 25 points. More green, vegetal notes. I'm sure glad I did! Today, Redbreast 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey continues to pay homage to the legacy of Gilbey and its European origins. In 1912, Gilbeys began selling a 12 year old whiskey named Redbreast. Redbreast 15 years Review Irish Like the 12, the Redbreast 15 is a single pot still whiskey which means it uses both malted and unmalted barley in it's mash. Since I majored in history, I tend to be "that guy" any time I read historical fiction or watch a period drama on tv or on the big screen. Warm honey. Calling a whiskey smooth is akin to telling me I have a great personality: you may think it's a compliment, but it's not really something I want to hear. Worst Score: 12. Spicy yet fruity nose. I had a bottle of it's 15 year old older brother lying around as well and so tonight I decided to give it a whirl. Almond husk. Others in this category are Jameson 18 and Glenmorangie 18. I like them less than the younger expressions from those same distilleries, PLUS, these three are much more expensive than those younger more vibrant whiskies from those same distilleries. The achievement continues success for Redbreast in the Whisky Bible, with the range having scooped ‘Best Irish Whiskey’ in the whiskey compendium for the sixth time in seven years. Not that it's horrendous but when it follows on the trail of the 12 year old Cask Strength it is average at best. And I've had a few $750 bottles. If you happen on a sample of that, I'd love to see a SBS of the 15 vs 12 CS. Privacy Policy. Planning a trip to Ireland with my girlfriend in 2015…good thing she loves Irish whiskey! The tail end keeps the sweetness from becoming cloying. I'm a history teacher by trade. Dry and sweet sherry with dried fruits. This process is unique t… This process is unique t… I've heard all kinds of reasons for this preference, from the price difference (which is fair) to the difference in flavour profiles. Just about everyone seems to adore Redbreast 12 Year Old, but fewer appreciate Redbreast's 15 Year Old expression. I have no arguments on that. FINAL SCORE: 88/100. The 12 year is $40 cheaper (in USA) and I think as an intro to the brand/Irish whisky in general is easily the best option. Review #1 Redbreast 12. 46%ABV. Hints of nougat. I can suspend my disbelief most of the time and enjoy a "creative" telling of a historical event, such as the Zack Snyder fantasy-action film 300. The sherry notes get stronger with time. €60.00. Redbreast 15 Year Old takes the winning formally of the 12, and leaves the whisky in the barrels for an extra three years. It is currently produced in Jameson’s Midleton Distillery … I know this is now in limited supply so if … Quite rubbery as well. This bottle didn't really change much with time and air exposure. It’s expressive, full of dried fruits, Christmas Cake aromas, and layered with a nuttiness from the Spanish oak and vanilla sweetness from the Bourbon barrels. The finish is long and hot, and a little metallic. Scoring an impressive 97 out of 100 points, Redbreast 12 Cask Strength is the most highly-awarded of all new Irish whiskeys to be tasted this year. Full review and comparison between the two versions: whiskynotes.be/2010/world/…, Nose: classic Single Pot Still spiciness, herbal, Thai lime leaves (for real, I promise), orange zest, figs, brown sugar, a touch of butter, Palate: rich and oily, dark fruits (figs, raisins, and plums), a bit peppery, becoming a touch waxy, hard caramel candies. It’s a must-have because this level of quality just isn’t available at this price in competing single malts. Redbreast 15 is my favorite whiskey I've ever had. “Redbreast 12 is a must-try for that unique toothy quality. Given the fact that I was positively giddy over the 12 Cask Strength you can imagine my anticipation at trying out the 15 year old. Queen Elizabeth I has been represented many times on film, and I think the most accurate representation of her temperament and personality was Dame Judi Dench's portrayal in Shakespeare In Love. New Bottling! Which is why this whiskey is a bit of a disappointment for me. Score: 93. Some have said Redbreast 15 isn't as smooth as Redbreast 12, but if you know me at all, you'll know that smooth isn't something I look for in a whiskey. It was so insanely good. Oily mouthfeel, which I really like. I wish it was presented unchill-filtered and at its natural colour, but I won't let those details prevent me from buying a whiskey. I'd much rather drink both Redbreast 12 Cask Strength and standard Redbreast 12 than Redbreast 15. A unique dram with rich and fruity expression with warming spices. I can safely say that I've never tasted a Redbreast I didn't enjoy. Anyway, the Redbreast 15 is certainly easily available here. While many viewers might prefer Cate Blanchett's Elizabeth or Elizabeth: The Golden Age, historians have criticized the two films starring Blanchett for portraying the Tudor queen as flighty or easily manipulated by the men around her. about Powers 12 John’s Lane Release Review, Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest Whiskey Tree 4 Review, Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest Whiskey Review, Redbreast All Sherry Irish Whiskey Review, Redbreast All Sherry Irish Whiskey Review - The Whiskey Jug. REDBREAST 12 YR IRISH WHISKEY 750ml. Nicely balanced between the smoothness of triple distillation and the rawness of a pot still. As I said, I hold Redbreast 12 year old in high esteem. Most of her contemporaries couldn't predict her actions or her intentions, much less control them. Gets sweeter over time. Redbreast 15YO is stunning. 85-89 Superb. Oily. Redbreast 15 Year Old A sumptuous single pot still whiskey with a great degree of ageing, Redbreast 15 is richer, earthier and stronger than its 12 year old sibling. Taste: Starts with bitter notes. Light soy sauce. 15 Irish Whiskeys for St. Patrick’s Day 2020 Green Spot 10 Year Irish Whiskey ($333) “Not to be confused with the regular NAS (No Age Statement) … The 15 Y is Triple-Distilled, Non Chill-Filtered and matures in Ex-Sherry - and Ex-Bourbon Casks. More spices (cloves) and malty notes in the mouth. This including liquid from Jameson’s Bow Street Distillery which was used to produce ‘John Jameson & Son’s Castle “JJ Liqueur” Whiskey 12 Years Old in 1903. High hopes were also well filled. I've got a bottle of my 12 CS in my stash which I'll open at some point. Dark chocolate. 364. Hard boiled sweets. The taste starts of soft, even watery, but alcohol and spice slowly built op to an explosion of peppery spice. Apricots. @Victor I seem to have stumbled upon a good batch of the Glenmorangie 18 at a recent tasting prompting me to pick up a couple of bottles. An essential part of any whiskey-drinker's education. The stunning clarity of the 2005 release doesn’t repeat itself in this 2009 version. The bottling is vatted from whiskeys aged between 15 and 19 The 15 Year Old is bottled at 46% abv, it is chill-filtered, and has added caramel colouring. Apologies if this review is longer than usual. Great Review,Tom: Pretty much as I found it with my emphasis on 'silky smooth'! The flavors are quite unique but they're not really doing it for me for some reason. 75-79 Very Good. Redbreast 12 Year Old. Redbreast 12, 15 and 21 are the only aged Single Pot Still Whiskies at the moment, using malted and un-malted Barley in the mash bill. I like the 12 but can't help wishing it had a bit more oomph! After a while, fruit confit comes through, but very restrained. Nose is an amazingly subtle mix of toffee, lemon meringue, nutmeg, tropical fruit and also apples, vanilla, and plum pudding. The more I inhale, the more fruits come through. March 4 2020 Neat from a Brilliant Highland Glass. Very surprised by this Redbreast 12. Long complex finish. Best Irish Whiskey at the 2019 … I have to make it clear right from the start, this dram is much better than The Boondock Sainst movie. Redbreast 12 year is deliciously fresh, smooth, complex, and light, whilst remaining flavorful. The nose is a harmonic ensemble of sherry, fruit, cream, vanilla and roasted nuts with gentle alcohol. Happy Saint Patrick's Day! Nose: spicy with pepper and cloves, herbal, oranges, figs, toffee, butter, Palate: rich and full-bodied, creamy texture, dark fruit (figs, dates), flax seeds, caramel, a touch of cinnamon, a bit of fennel, black pepper, Finish: long and warming, with caramel, butter, cinnamon, some citrus near the very end, and then a pleasant touch of orange zest bitterness (Very subtle), Would I accept a glass of this if someone offered me one? Don’t bother with the … Unlike the 12 year old, it’s bottled non-chill filtered and at a higher proof. I prefer the 12 CS to the 15, but you may well prefer the 15 to the 12CS. The only weak point, if I even may call it one, is the finish. It's far more complex on the nose, and … The 15-Year-Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey is a perfect example of this style of whiskey.Produced from a combination of malted and unmalted barley, it is distilled three times in copper pot stills then aged for a minimum of 15 years. The berries are back. 55Shares Like the 12, the Redbreast 15 is a single pot still whiskey which means it uses both malted and unmalted barley in it’s mash. In the mouth it turns into Christmas cake with candied cherries, but there is some heat on the tip of the tongue that overpowers it a little, and water does little to tame that down. Tamarind water. I need to get a bottle of Redbreast 15. Amazing salty and sweet licorice notes along with some sherry notes. Like THE BOONDOCK SAINTS, marching through! The 12 year old is a perfect late afternoon, life-restoring dram, while the 15 year old might be more at home after dinner, gathered around the table swapping tales of lusty adventure. Toffe. Your review makes me want a bottle of the 15. Some people think it’s the best of their offerings, and I’ve seen a bunch of people say it’s their worst. I wish it was presented unchill-filtered and at its natural colour, but I won't let those details prevent me from buying a whiskey. Peaches. A sumptuous single pot still whiskey with a great degree of ageing, Redbreast 15 is richer, earthier and stronger than its 12 year old sibling. This was a big hit in the office as well! Have been trying to decide which one I prefer between the 15 RB and this for a long time. Commitment shows in the taste and in the way it is produced from malted barley and unmalted “green” barley in a pot still. Though it’s been a while since I’ve last tried it—and I haven’t reviewed it—I quite liked the Redbreast 12; I was less impressed by the cask strength version, which I’ve reviewed twice (here and here). For me this is one of those whiskies which features mainly flavours from old re-used wood. I think that Redbreast 12 year old whiskey is a dram made with much commitment. Matured in ex-Bourbon and ex-Oloroso Sherry casks the spirit is bottled at 46%. Camomile? Redbreast 15 is not even in the same game. But I'll likely never buy a bottle of any of these three. 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