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