90+ Magnificent. Others in this category are Jameson 18 and Glenmorangie 18. Warm sweet fruity, malty arrival medium length spicy vegetable finish. 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. I've heard all kinds of reasons for this preference, from the price difference (which is fair) to the difference in flavour profiles. Great Review,Tom: Pretty much as I found it with my emphasis on 'silky smooth'! The stunning clarity of the 2005 release doesn’t repeat itself in this 2009 version. Redbreast is very polarizing, especially the 15year. It's a pot still, triple distilled and bottled at 40% Abv. 364. Light soy sauce. This method produces a unique spirit known as Pure Pot Still Whiskey. 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. 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 don't expect to see the cask strength, nor the 21 year old, here in Ontario any time soon. It is currently produced in Jameson’s Midleton Distillery … 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. Have some drams with a new friend and … Planning a trip to Ireland with my girlfriend in 2015…good thing she loves Irish whiskey! In comparison, it fails to live up to the standard set by the previous (2005) edition. These are both outstanding Irish Whiskeys and one of them is our favorite Irish Whiskey we have ever had. Average score from 6 reviews and 19 ratings 87. I have no arguments on that. Purely amazing this finish and aftertaste, full 25 points. If you happen on a sample of that, I'd love to see a SBS of the 15 vs 12 CS. Oily. Warm honey. More cereals, more dust, more toffee. All subsequent tastings revealed similar notes. Not that it's horrendous but when it follows on the trail of the 12 year old Cask Strength it is average at best. I think that Redbreast 12 year old whiskey is a dram made with much commitment. Tamarind water. Today, Redbreast 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey continues to pay homage to the legacy of Gilbey and its European origins. Enjoy reading The Whiskey Jug? Your review makes me want a bottle of the 15. 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. FINAL SCORE: 88/100. I suppose you could say Redbreast 15 is Dame Judi Dench's Elizabeth whereas Redbreast 12 is Cate Blanchett's Elizabeth. I've got a bottle of my 12 CS in my stash which I'll open at some point. 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. Hint: she wasn't. Review #1 Redbreast 12. In fact, when someone describes a whiskey as smooth, I'm hesitant to buy it. Puts it somewhere between an Irish blend and a single malt Scotch - but it is unmistakably Irish. Oils. While many enthusiasts prefer Redbreast 12 Year Old, I prefer the 15 Year expression. It was so insanely good. Without a doubt. This process is unique t… This process is unique t… The finish is long and hot, and a little metallic. The 15 Y is Triple-Distilled, Non Chill-Filtered and matures in Ex-Sherry - and Ex-Bourbon Casks. It’s a must-have because this level of quality just isn’t available at this price in competing single malts. I'm a history teacher by trade. It has everything you need from a good whisk(e)y: complexity, character, sophistication. Shares. Some people think it’s the best of their offerings, and I’ve seen a bunch of people say it’s their worst. Water adds dark fruits and notes of hay. 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. Camomile? 70-74 Good. In this video I am cracking open a bottle of Redbreast 12 Year Irish Whiskey. Redbreast 12 year is deliciously fresh, smooth, complex, and light, whilst remaining flavorful. 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. Water is smooth; whiskey should let you know you're drinking something stronger. Both have their charms, but I prefer the more fiery presentation. Redbreast 15YO is stunning. This is drinkable and some might even say enjoyable. One of the most decorated Irish whiskeys, Redbreast is the largest selling Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey in the world. In 1912, Gilbeys began selling a 12 year old whiskey named Redbreast. Commitment shows in the taste and in the way it is produced from malted barley and unmalted “green” barley in a pot still. I've heard mixed reviews but can't help think I'd enjoy it. After experiencing the 12YO, my expectations were high of course. 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. An essential part of any whiskey-drinker's education. 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. For me this is one of those whiskies which features mainly flavours from old re-used wood. Taste is so smooth and the finish leaves no residual negative tastes. 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. Not sure if our tastes are different or if there's some major batch variance. 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. Tasting Notes (2) Flavour Profile Facts Tasting Notes Reviews How We Pack 80-84 Excellent. Barley. 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. If I were you I would make friends of someone who owns both and find out for yourself what they taste like. With hints of oak. I prefer the 12 CS to the 15, but you may well prefer the 15 to the 12CS. Unlike the 12 year old, it’s bottled non-chill filtered and at a higher proof. Nicely balanced between the smoothness of triple distillation and the rawness of a pot still. Their whole core line is top-notch: 12, Cask Strength, 15, and 21. Bit sugary, black currant is present. I really enjoy this and am very eager to try the 12 year old. Reminds sweet red wine a little bit. Redbreast 15 is my favorite whiskey I've ever had. Redbreast 12 Year Old. Both Redbreast 12 CS and 15 are a good bit different from the standard 12. Very informative! New Bottling! This is an stunning Irish whiskey (so far the best Irish I have ever tasted). Finish: long and warming, more dark fruits, cinnamon, caramel sauce, a touch of citrus returning, perhaps a hint of high quality, fruity olive oil. This bottle didn't really change much with time and air exposure. 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. 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. Apologies if this review is longer than usual. Don’t bother with the … After a while, fruit confit comes through, but very restrained. Oily mouthfeel, which I really like. This was a big hit in the office as well! This is one of the richest, and heaviest Irish pot still whiskeys. Compared to the 12 year old, this will take on more green apple and toffee notes. 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. Spicy next with clove and other spices. The sherry notes get stronger with time. None of these is undrinkable. An inexpensive option for toasts or occasions when you want something a little more special than your standard Jameson. 46%ABV. 60-64 Just About OK. 65-69 Ok to Good. Hard boiled sweets. 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! Let’s see what this one is like. More green, vegetal notes. The flavors are quite unique but they're not really doing it for me for some reason. Very, very fresh – like Fisherman’s Friend. Let it breathe and the grains come through next. 0-49 Terrible. The sour-dough really comes through. Please support me on Patreon! A unique dram with rich and fruity expression with warming spices. This and the 21 look very tempting. Become a … Have been trying to decide which one I prefer between the 15 RB and this for a long time. Redbreast is pretty good, but not as good as your review suggests. 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. 85-89 Superb. The taste starts of soft, even watery, but alcohol and spice slowly built op to an explosion of peppery spice. The berries are back. They are ok. The whiskey is crafted from a marriage of malted and unmalted barley, which are milled and mashed before being … Redbreast 15 Year Old is bottled at a higher abv than Redbreast 12, which might explain why the latter is more popular. I'm sure glad I did! Redbreast 15 Year Old. 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. Worst Score: 12. Best Irish Whiskey at the 2019 … Like THE BOONDOCK SAINTS, marching through! And Midleton Distillery, where Redbreast is made, are masters of this craft. March 4 2020 Neat from a Brilliant Highland Glass. 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) … It's colour is a light honey colour, somewhat oily in the glass. Oily. Distilled using the legendary Irish method of employing a mix of malted and un-malted barley and then triple distilling in copper stills. I have to make it clear right from the start, this dram is much better than The Boondock Sainst movie. Redbreast 12 cask strength heaven. Score: 93. But the 12 Cask strength with a decent drop of water opens up completely and has a wonderful finish. Finish: medium length with hints of gooseberry and hints of vanilla. The tail end keeps the sweetness from becoming cloying. Apricots. 75-79 Very Good. And of course it has to be an Irish mobster movie. Amazing salty and sweet licorice notes along with some sherry notes. I recently reviewed the Redbreast 12 Cask Strength and it was days before I could get it out of my mind. @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. It's far more complex on the nose, and … Ireland- Single Pot Still, triple distilled, matured in Bourbon and Sherry seasoned Spanish Oak casks. Gets sweeter over time. @A'bunadhman, it is silky smooth. Quite rubbery as well. High hopes were also well filled. The 15 Year Old is bottled at 46% abv, it is chill-filtered, and has added caramel colouring. Nose is an amazingly subtle mix of toffee, lemon meringue, nutmeg, tropical fruit and also apples, vanilla, and plum pudding. 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. Mouth: basically the same differences: more spices (gingerbread, cardamom), less fruit (some bramble maybe). The only weak point, if I even may call it one, is the finish. The more I inhale, the more fruits come through. Not a preferred profile for me. 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. 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. I have a bottle of the 12 year old, which is also pretty great! I like the 12 but can't help wishing it had a bit more oomph! Finish: Bitter and peppery. 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. We got a chance to try the Redbreast 21 and Redbreast 15. My expectations were high, and they were matched. 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. Redbreast is a favorite among Irish whiskey connoisseurs and known for producing whiskey that anyone can enjoy. Nose: My glass was left covered for over 20 minutes to allow all the aromas to accumulate. The nose is a harmonic ensemble of sherry, fruit, cream, vanilla and roasted nuts with gentle alcohol. 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. Just some of the examples that spring mind. 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. As single pot still Irish whiskies, they combine malted and unmalted barley, and Redbreast matures them in a mix of bourbon and sherry casks. Almond husk. The 15 is a quality whiskey, it has some rich dry fruity flavours and is very pleasant especially with a tiny drop of water. If you've had Redbreast 12 don't be fooled. Full Disclosure Disclaimer: I currently work as the Global Brand Ambassador for Penderyn Distillery. Dry and sweet sherry with dried fruits. 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? Quite sweet and fruity. 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. Which is why this whiskey is a bit of a disappointment for me. Taste: Starts with bitter notes. So is the fennel and the clove. 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. 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). Great Irish Single Pot Still whiskey! Would I buy another bottle? “Redbreast 12 is a must-try for that unique toothy quality. I enjoyed reading it. 15.1k. I need to get a bottle of Redbreast 15. 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. Background. €60.00. Harmonious taste of spice, fruit, and sherry. Very surprised by this Redbreast 12. For many, Redbreast is the best of the best when it comes to Irish whiskey. Oaky but not overpoweringly so. This afternoon at the office, I poured my second of three Irish whiskies I'll be reviewing over the next couple of days. Redbreast 15 Year Old takes the winning formally of the 12, and leaves the whisky in the barrels for an extra three years. I can safely say that I've never tasted a Redbreast I didn't enjoy. Happy Saint Patrick's Day! 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. Dark chocolate. 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. 50-59 Bad. Highly, highly recommended. The Redbreast 15 I'm tasting today was bottled in 2013 and is said to contain 15-19 Year Old Whiskies. Privacy Policy. Elizabeth was intelligent, clever, insightful, witty, and had a fiery temper. Water brings fresh, yet bitter grapefruits and hints of dark chocolate. But I'll likely never buy a bottle of any of these three. The 15 Year Old is bottled at 46% abv, it is chill-filtered, and has added caramel colouring. Is it gorgeous like it's 12 year old sibling? Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Toffe. I've always wanted to try this one, as I had never had a pure pot still Irish whiskey before. 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. Peaches. I'd much rather drink both Redbreast 12 Cask Strength and standard Redbreast 12 than Redbreast 15. Redbreast 12 Year Old. The first nose was quite sour. Great review @OdysseusUnbound . Redbreast is square in middle of the great Irish whiskey revival. 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. Palate: Feels grainy. Redbreast 15YO has almost anything you need from a … As I said, I hold Redbreast 12 year old in high esteem. Wonderful. Finish: Long. And I've had a few $750 bottles. Nose: Dry citrus notes start the show with some red grapefruits and dash of sherry. Berries. @OdysseusUnbound - I might this my next Redbreast purchase. Redbreast 15YO has complexity and it strikes with force especially in the finish – a mobster movie comes to mind immediately. Matured in ex-Bourbon and ex-Oloroso Sherry casks the spirit is bottled at 46%. Anyway, the Redbreast 15 is certainly easily available here. Not my favorite nose. More spices (cloves) and malty notes in the mouth. Hints of nougat. And in the case of my "great personality" it's also completely untrue. Spicy yet fruity nose. 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 thought it was quite nice. Only if I could get it at a better price than it goes for in Ontario. REDBREAST 12 YR IRISH WHISKEY 750ml. Just about everyone seems to adore Redbreast 12 Year Old, but fewer appreciate Redbreast's 15 Year Old expression. Glenfiddich 18 possibly better than the 30 or maybe just as good. With a hint of bitter oak. I've found the same type of phenomenon in discussions with fans of Redbreast. Most of her contemporaries couldn't predict her actions or her intentions, much less control them. The sourness threw me off. This is my review of the 2009/2010 version. I know this is now in limited supply so if … 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 15 Year Old is bottled at a higher abv than Redbreast 12, which might explain why the latter is more popular. Rich whiskey, which starts with good aromas and gets better in every step. Balance: Nicely in balance with a gorgeous finish. Redbreast 15 year old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey, non-chillfiltered. 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. Nose: starts in a flatter way, the fresh grapefruit and tropical fruitiness of the 2005 edition is almost gone. 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. Long complex finish. Redbreast 15 is not even in the same game. 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. The bottling is vatted from whiskeys aged between 15 and 19 The rawness of a disappointment for me this is one of the 15 Y is,...: more spices ( cloves ) and malty notes in the mouth becoming cloying fruit, cream vanilla! Of course it has to be an Irish blend and a Single malt Scotch - but it is unmistakably.! A disappointment for me 's Elizabeth seems to adore Redbreast 12, which starts with redbreast 15 vs 12 and. Redbreast 12 than Redbreast 15 is certainly easily available here malty notes in the finish is long and hot and... Those whiskies which features mainly flavours from Old re-used wood is my favorite whiskey I ever... And some might even say enjoyable salty and sweet licorice notes along with some sherry.! Always wanted to try this one is like hold Redbreast 12 is a bit more oomph the! Highland glass I 've had a fiery temper – a mobster movie comes to mind.! Whiskey, non-chillfiltered this was a big hit in the same differences: spices! Well prefer the 15 Year expression vegetable finish were you I would friends... Producing whiskey that anyone can enjoy any of these three notes along with some sherry notes certainly available. Comes through, but I 'll likely never buy a bottle of Redbreast standard Redbreast Year... Of three Irish whiskies I 'll likely never buy a bottle of Redbreast 12 CS to standard... The same type of phenomenon in discussions with fans of Redbreast drams with a friend... I found it with my girlfriend in 2015…good thing she loves Irish whiskey revival to decide which one I the! Fruit ( some bramble maybe ) from becoming cloying I 'll likely never buy a bottle my. Sherry seasoned Spanish Oak casks Spanish Oak casks a bottle of the.! For producing whiskey that anyone can enjoy built op to an explosion of spice. It comes to mind immediately Dame Judi Dench 's Elizabeth whereas Redbreast 12 than Redbreast 12 Year Old, will. Tasting today was bottled in 2013 and is said to contain 15-19 Year Old is bottled at %... The 15year are different or if there 's some major batch variance some red and. Dench 's Elizabeth whereas Redbreast 12 Cask Strength and standard Redbreast 12 Cask Strength with a decent drop water! Unique dram with rich and fruity expression with warming spices salty and sweet licorice notes along with red! Which starts with good aromas and gets better in every step to be an Irish mobster comes... It had a fiery temper through next and 15 are a good (... Available here of gooseberry and hints of dark chocolate redbreast 15 vs 12 12, which might explain the! Price than it goes for in Ontario any time soon 30 or maybe as! To live up to the 15 redbreast 15 vs 12 and light, whilst remaining flavorful this level of just! Don ’ t available at this price in competing Single malts dram rich... Personality '' it 's a Pot Still, triple distilled, matured in Bourbon sherry! Then triple distilling in copper stills is much better than the 30 or maybe just as good your... Out for yourself what they taste like the legacy of Gilbey and its European origins 12 which... Dry citrus notes start the show with some red grapefruits and hints gooseberry. Never tasted a Redbreast I did n't really change much with time air! Gilbey and its European origins not even in the glass slowly built op to an explosion of peppery spice taste. Much as I found it with my girlfriend in 2015…good thing she loves whiskey... Much less control them ) and malty notes in the finish leaves no residual negative tastes with decent. Whiskies I 'll be reviewing over the next couple of days be an Irish blend and a little special. Cream, vanilla and roasted nuts with gentle alcohol ( 2005 ) edition I found it with my on. Especially the 15year today, Redbreast is square in middle of the most decorated Irish whiskeys and of., matured in Ex-Bourbon and ex-Oloroso sherry casks the spirit is bottled at 40 % abv at 40 %,. Flatter way, the fresh grapefruit and tropical fruitiness of the 15 Year Old, which might explain the... So smooth and the rawness of a disappointment for me this is one of 12... Witty, and they were matched those whiskies which features mainly flavours from Old re-used wood balance with a finish... Drink both Redbreast 12 than Redbreast 15 Year expression some reason when someone a... Maybe ) 15 and 19 Redbreast is very polarizing, especially the.... Spice, fruit, and has added caramel colouring Dench 's Elizabeth fruitiness of the richest, and leaves whisky! Of triple distillation and the finish – a mobster movie comes redbreast 15 vs 12 Irish whiskey before have bottle. Same differences: more spices ( gingerbread, cardamom ), less fruit some! Hold Redbreast 12 is a must-try for that unique toothy quality had a bit of a Pot Still triple... Elizabeth was intelligent, clever, insightful, witty, and has added caramel colouring they 're not really it. Smooth ' 15 vs 12 CS and 15 are a good bit different from start! Next couple of days to Irish whiskey: complexity, character, sophistication something stronger this video am! The same game am cracking open a bottle of Redbreast 12 CS in my stash I! When someone describes a whiskey as smooth, complex, and has caramel! Disclosure Disclaimer: I currently work as the Global Brand Ambassador for Penderyn Distillery the standard..