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Redbreast 12 Year Old Bottling Note
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A delightful single pot still Irish whiskey, Redbreast 12 Year Old is highly praised by a host of notable critics. Distilled at the Midleton site from malted and unmalted barley, it’s then matured in a combination of American oak bourbon barrels and Spanish oak Oloroso sherry butts. We can’t get enough of this multi-award-winning whiskey.
Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a free sample to review by the party behind it. The Whiskey Wash, while appreciative of this, did keep full independent editorial control over this article.
It only takes three words to capture the essence of Redbreast 12 year old:
Grassy, clean, and smooth. The pleasant grassiness makes sense, given it’s a single pot whiskey — which means it has green (AKA unmalted) barley in its mash bill. It’s smoothness is likewise unsurprising given it is, like most Irish whiskeys and despite the confusing connotations of the phrase “single pot,” triple distilled. Clear and light in the mouth, it nonetheless has a intricate and refined array of flavors ranging from a white grape juice to rain
Redbreast is distilled at the Midleton Distillery using copper pot stills and aged in Oloroso sherry casks. Home to several other single pot still Irish whiskeys, Midleton Distillery also produces Jameson and Tullamore Dew. Compared to either of those whiskeys, Redbreast 12 year is smoother but also more complex. Its sweetness is subtler, though still present. Its finish is smoother and lingers longer.
So what exactly is single pot still whiskey, and who do we have to thank for it? Essentially, it’s whiskey that is made from malted and unmalted barley and no other grain. It is unblended (thus the “single pot” bit.) And it must be made in Ireland to be considered as such.
Time was — or so we’ve been told — that Irish whiskey used to be made entirely from malted barley. Then, sometime in the 18th century, malt taxes came down hard and heavy on Irish whiskey producers and, to get around them, they started introducing unmalted barley into their mash bills.
We couldn’t be happier that those particular Irish folk were crafty—erm…business savvy, because one man’s tax evasion is another man’s choice of whiskey. Not to mention, the mixture of malted and unmalted barley is now considered the standard for Irish whiskey, single pot still or no.
Tasting Notes: Redbreast 12 Year Old
Vital Stats: 80 proof (40% ABV), 12 years, 50% malted barley 50% unmalted barley, price around $65
Appearance: Clear yellow-gold, like an IPA. Thin viscosity with light swift legs.
Nose: Petrichor, fresh mown hay, red hots, hint of smoky oak
Palate: White grape juice, raisins, mineral water, buckwheat honey. Finish is velvety, with notes of cinnamon, caraway, and marzipan
Redbreast 12 year is deliciously fresh, smooth, complex, and light, whilst remaining flavorful. An inexpensive option for toasts or occasions when you want something a little more special than your standard Jameson.
Redbreast 12 Year Old
Redbreast 12 Year Old
Made from a mash of malted and unmalted barley and then triple distilled in copper pot stills, Redbreast 12 boasts the flavour complexity and distinctive qualities of Pot Still whiskey. Matured in a combination of Bourbon seasoned American Oak barrels and Oloroso Sherry seasoned Spanish oak butts, the distinctive Redbreast sherry style is a joy to behold in each and every bottle.
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Redbreast is a brand of single pot still Irish Whiskey produced by Irish Distillers. It was originally produced by Gilbey’s, a Dublin spirits merchant using distillate sourced from Jameson’s Bow Street Distillery. In the 1980s, the brand was purchased by Irish Distillers, the producer of Jameson. It is the largest selling single pot still Irish whiskey in the world.
As of 2020, there are six variants available: Redbreast 12 Year Old, Redbreast 12 Cask Strength, Redbreast 15 Year Old, Redbreast 21 Year Old, Redbreast Lustau Edition (matured for its final year in Bodegas Lustau sherry casks) and Redbreast 27 Year Old (New addition since March 2020). update 2020 named best whiskey in the world.