Aged 12 Years

ABV 40%
REVIEWED Issue 3, Issue 15, Issue 43
Brand: Redbreast
Expression: Aged 12 Years
Type: Republic of Ireland Whisky / Blended
Age: 12 years old
ABV: 40%
Country/Region: Republic of Ireland
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Editor's Choice
Issue 3
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The Midleton Co. Distillery, Distellery Walk, Midleton, Co. Cork, Republic of Ireland
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Clean, fresh. hint of linseed. Nuts. Cake.
Palate: By far the biggest of this selection. Assertive and complex, with lots of development and seemingly infinite dimension. Ginger cake, brazil nuts, treacle.
Finish: Liquorice-like sherry notes.
Comment: Delicious, soothing, contemplative. A great whiskey. Makes me want to get on a plane to Dublin immediately.
Taster   Jim Murray
Nose: With Green Spot, the most impressive of Irish noses. There's a fruity, almost rye-like quality, and deft, honeyed sweetness, a touch of sherry, cream soda vanilla and some peppery notes. Breathtaking.
Palate: The flavours take off in all directions. Spiciness and a pot still backbone softened by sherry. Very firm with some toffee.
Finish: Oily, some liquorice and enormous sweet-sour complexity. Spicy and long.
Comment: Not quite perfect, but still an astonishing experience.
Taster   Peter Mulryan
Nose: The very Irish nose tweak of resin, sherry and linseed.
Palate: Fat and oily. Layers of satin ginger, silk honey and hints of spicy liquorice.
Finish: Vanilla pods and marsala.
Comment: This is what real pure pot still whiskey is all about, a glorious contradiction of soft fruit and firm grain, oily seeds and sweet wood. World beating stuff.
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Intense and full blooded. Pot still richness: citrus oils, hot sealing wax, leather, tobacco, tea, maraschino, overripe fruits, marzipan. Exemplary.
Palate: Ridiculously big. Oozes into the mouth and erupts. Spices galore to the finish. Oily and unctuous.
Finish: Long, rich, oily.
Comment: Whiskey covering the entire spectrum of aroma, taste, feel, flavour. World class.
Taster   Jim Murray
Nose: An unhurried display of ripe fruits. The sharpness of the pot-still always reminds me of a firm pure rye, only this is spicier.
Palate: More spice, though not before the early shock-waves of complex, mouth-watering barley notes.
Finish: Lingering sherry-toffee.
Comment: Remains an all-Ireland great and one of the few true pure pot still whiskies around. A treat for even the most experienced connoisseur.
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Nutty oiliness. Nuts and sultanas in a fruitcake.
Palate: Tangerines. Brazil nuts. Toasted almonds. Sherry. Lots of flavour development. Complex, but slightly less rich than I remember.
Finish: Vanilla. Spicily warming. Long.
Comment: Those oily, cakey aromas still have me hankering for a weekend in Dublin. Tea and cakes at the Shelbourne, then off to the Horseshoe Bar for the first whiskey of the evening.
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