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Redbreast 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey (700ml)
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- ABV 40%
For decades, serious whiskey drinkers drank Irish "blended" whiskey, mixing it with cola or adding a dash to coffee. But, John Hansell, editor and publisher of Malt Advocate magazine, says that's changing. "The line between Irish whiskey and Scotch whisky has become blurred," says Hansell, since Irish whiskey companies like Bushmills and Jameson have expanded their range to include deluxe whiskies from aged blends to pure pot stills and their own brand of single malts. "The top Irish whiskeys are just as good as many single-malt scotches. It's too bad more people aren't aware of how complex some of these whiskeys have become."
Here's a case in point. From Irish Distillers Ltd, Redbreast is a 'Single' unblended, pure pot still Irish whiskey made with malted and unmalted barley which has been triple distilled.
Tasting note: Deep, bright brassy gold colour. Powerful, sensous aromatics are at first reminiscent of creamy soda before vanilla wafer biscuit and sweet cereals enter giving this an American Whisky slant. Entry is soft and light. Mid palate turns deliciously creamy. Semi sweet, toasty cereals and brandy cream sauce flavours are superbly counterpointed by spicy, drying oak. Exceptionally pure, gently warming spirit. Finishes clean, crisp and dry with terrific length as the vanilla wafer biscuit again emerges followed by a late creme-caramel fade. An Irish with both soul and style, this also offers a mouthfeel that’s distinctive in the world of whisky. Its lightness of body but depth of flavour make for a terrific aperitif. Cracking stuff. 40% Alc./Vol.
Other reviews...Very elegant, complex, and stylish. Honeyed and silky in texture, with toffee, toasted marshmallow, nougat, maple syrup, banana bread, and a hint of toasted coconut. Bright fruit and golden raisin blend in nicely with the layers of sweetness. Impeccable balance and very approachable. Classic Irish whiskey! (Value Pick) 96 points
- www.maltadvocate.com, (Vol. 19, #4) Reviewed by: John Hansell
...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 licorice and enormous sweet-sour complexity. Spicy and long Comment: Not quite perfect, but still an astonishing experience. Rating: 9/10 - Jim Murray, www.whiskymag.com