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Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey (750ml)

SKU #1086679 92 points Whisky Advocate

Outer quote mark An easy-drinking cask-strength whiskey, the nose has an equal balance between fruit and spice, as red apple and bright cherry meet Chinese five spice, savory undertones, and salted nuts. This has big, chewy sherry notes; it’s quite nutty, and the spice starts building early on. Hold out till the end for black cherry, toffee, and burnt fruitcake, with a finish of autumnal fruits, menthol, and aniseed. (JM, Summer 2020) Inner quote mark (6/2020)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Straight up, this cask-strength whiskey is crazy hot, almost too hot to drink. But it shines as a base for mixed drinks, as its honeyed Sherry scent and mix of malty apple and faintly smoky flavors stand up to significant dilution. For straight-up sipping, seek out the excellent—and 80 proof—Redbreast 12 year old. (KN) Inner quote mark (3/2014)

K&L Notes

Redbreast has already become the go-to choice for serious Irish whiskey fans, but the new cask strength version only improves upon a malt that was already considered perfect. The extra proof also allows rocks drinkers to cool down the malt without completely watering down the flavor. Supply will be limited and demand has been through the roof so far. We've had folks asking about this for months, so don't hesitate. The price is fantastic and the quality is superb. Is it the best Irish whiskey ever?


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By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/15/2012 | Send Email
This cask strength bottling of Red Breast certainly ratchets up the drama. There is more oomph, more richness and intensity, on both nose and palate. It remains, however, an Irish pure pot still whiskey foremost, and as such bears closer kinship to its more familiar version lower proof bottling than to the untamed ferocity of something like a George T Stagg. You ain’t toying with no pipsqueak, though; you will want ice or water or a bit of both to round the edge off. You get a wonderful range of baked banana, dried fruits, butterscotch and sweet grain, enlivened by a citric note that keeps things from seeming cloying or fatty. The finish here rolls on like thunder—well, civilized thunder, anyway. I’d note, too, that if you’re mixing a Manhattan-style cocktail with Irish whiskey, this is probably the best one for the job I’ve come across to date. The cask strength really keeps the whiskey from getting lost amidst the other ingredients.

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