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    Red Breast 12 Year Old Reviews

    Red Breast 12 Year Old 70
    Based on 24 reviews.
    Rated on a scale of 50 to 99
    Distillery
    Red Breast
    Style
    Blended
    Release
    Unspecified
    Age
    12 Years
    Alcohol
    40% abv.
    Region
    Ireland
    Bottled For
    Distillery

    The only aged Pure Pot still whiskey on sale today. Matured for a minimum of 12 years in Oloroso Sherry and Bourbon casks.

    Red Breast 12 Year Old
    Review by ChadDavis

    7950/99
    Color
    Amber -1
    Nose
    buttery orange, iced tea. 27/33
    Body
    Slow forming legs. Heavier mouthfeel. Feels like whiskey.
    Palate
    bitter currants. Butter, straw, flat beer. 24/34
    Finish
    Spiced wassail, clove, bitter lemon pulp or hops. Butterscotch. 28/33

    I had an after dinner glass with Sweet Megan and our dear friends Josh and Melissa. I took it neat in a rocks glass (not ideal). I was not thrilled with this one. The whisky bloggers seem to like it a lot more than I did. For this age and price, I would much prefer the Bushmills 10 or the lovely Jameson 12. There are however two disclaimers. First, I had it in a restaurant and it may have been old and open too long which would account for the rind bitterness on the finish. Second, I didn't get it in a proper glass for whiskey so I may not have smelled or tasted everything this whisky offers. I'll be generous with my mark here for that reason, and I'll have to try it again.

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    Red Breast 12 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9550/99

    I have tried many whiskeys and scotches and for my taste this is by far the best. Great nose, great taste, great spirit. This whiskey actually now has me preferring Irish whiskey over scotch. It is just really, really good. It is the whiskey that I would have 'invented' had I been given such an option. Cheers.

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    Red Breast 12 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9150/99
    Color
    amber
    Nose
    vanilla smoke
    Body
    full bodied
    Palate
    nutty fruit
    Finish
    warm long finish
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    Red Breast 12 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    7150/99
    Color
    Medium amber
    Nose
    Honey, light floral, pine, vanilla
    Body
    Medium
    Palate
    Bitter sweet with an odd pine resin undertone.
    Finish
    Short

    This has a saccharin sweetness which I find unpleasant. Barely above a standard Irish like Jameson. I like scotch which double distillation provides bite and depth.

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    Red Breast 12 Year Old
    Review by Mr Darcy

    8650/99
    Color
    Young Sauternes
    Nose
    Marshmallow,Vanilla cream,Citrus,Ginger spice,Wood dust,Tannins
    Body
    Light
    Palate
    Barley,Grainy,Fruity,Minty,Honey,Black pepper.
    Finish
    Warm creamy spiced arival developes into a dried fruit sweet short finish.

    The Bosom of Ireland

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    Red Breast 12 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9950/99

    Since I try Red Breast for me there are two kind of whiskey-Red Breast and the others.Drinking it is a must at least once in a lifetime.

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    Red Breast 12 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    8050/99
    Color
    straw, pale
    Nose
    turpentine, rubbing alcholm oranges, toffee, lilac, coffee rinds
    Body
    oily
    Palate
    sweet, candy, vanilla, watery
    Finish
    dry, hot, tingle

    I read a lot about this whisky before I bought it. When I oringally opened it, the sensation of 'green' (spring, fresh cut grass, resin weeping pine) was overbearing. Notes of vanilla were strong. The sweetness in this doesn't taste natural, it's more artificial and pinches at the tongue and quickly disappears.

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    Red Breast 12 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9550/99
    Color
    Pale
    Nose
    Fruity and sweet, hint of vanilla
    Body
    Feuity and smooth, not for peat lovers!
    Palate
    Fruity and sweet
    Finish
    Exceptionally smooth and very drinkable

    You have to have it

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    Red Breast 12 Year Old
    Review by AdmTom

    8750/99
    Color
    Straw, very bright
    Nose
    Sweet like candy, a slight floral aspect.
    Body
    Light, flows easily, doesn't really coat the mouth but rolls smoothly around the tounge.
    Palate
    Matching the nose, sweet as candy. The first bottle I had of this I wasn't really fond of -- couldn't get the experience others had. I'm glad I gave this one a 2nd chance, because now I get it full force. As long as you don't drink too fast, each sip is like you took a standard Irish whisky and put a few sugar cubes in it. Very pleasant drink to relax with.
    Finish
    Easy finish, the floral notes from the nose return. The sweetness fades fast.

    I was unimpressed at first, but I'm glad I stuck with it. This is definitely the sweetest whisky I've tried so far. I think of it as what the classic Jamison would be with a little more maturity. The Jamison 12yo is, to me, a completely different animal and almost inappropriate to compare to the Redbreast, with more of a floral aspect than sweet. The Redbreast is a great whisky to just enjoy being at home with after a day of work.

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    Red Breast 12 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    8750/99
    Color
    golden wheat grass
    Nose
    hollow hazelnut
    Body
    full smooth and buttery
    Palate
    hazelnutty
    Finish
    a feather slowly tickling the tongue and throat

    a sweet, smooth, buttery, hazelnut taste that rolls off the tongue with tiny electric shocks

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    Red Breast 12 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9050/99
    Color
    Maplewood
    Nose
    Chocolaty and spicy, with a faint hint of banana.
    Body
    Slightly oily. It will leave a thin film on your palate.
    Palate
    Spicy, nutty, and woody.
    Finish
    Warm finish which pleasantly mellows into a nutty aftertaste.

    This is fantastic whiskey, and the best value in the $50 USD or less range. I like to drink it in a brandy snifter myself. If you are thinking of trying this one, please do, you will not regret it.

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    Red Breast 12 Year Old
    Review by Papa Whisky

    8050/99
    Color
    Solid Gold
    Nose
    Oak Wood, vanilla, Ovaltine, perfume
    Body
    Medium, Smooth
    Palate
    Fruity, naked Whoopers(no chocolate), vanilla, hints of salt, a lingering taste that I can't seem to pin point
    Finish
    sweet perfume, again the mystery taste, salt.

    My malt mate "sideburns" gave me a flask full of this whisky to sample (thanks buddy). With his live reviews as he drank it for the first time and then reading how wonderful this whisky is, my curiosty was definitely peaked. In fear of feeling like the odd man out, I venture to say that this whisky, although easy to drink, did very little to excite my palate. Sort of like all dressed up and nowhere to go. For blended whisky I'll stick with JW black label.

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    Red Breast 12 Year Old
    Review by Sideburns

    8550/99
    Color
    Medium amber.
    Nose
    Fresh apples with vanilla. Alcohol smell.
    Body
    Medium bodied. Smooth and sweet but not like a bourbon with that evident cloying alcohol taste.
    Palate
    No offending taste. Fruity, vanilla, light maple. A little smoke/oak. No peat. Malty sweet at the end.
    Finish
    Short finish. No burn going down. Friendly.

    It's like a friendly bloke who is up for anything. But poor conversation. Too simple. Easy. I like it. I come to it when I need a break from my beloved Islay.

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    Red Breast 12 Year Old
    Review by JoeE

    9050/99
    Color
    Pure gold
    Nose
    Blissfully free of the acetone stench that I've come to associate with cheap Irish whiskey. Almost a Bourbon/Irish hybrid - charred oak, vanilla. Brown sugar, grass, just a bit of smoke.
    Body
    Medium to thick. Smooth, velvety, oily.
    Palate
    Pleasantly warm. Sweet malt, more oak. Earthy.
    Finish
    Long but not eternal. Subtle, floral. A touch of peppermint. Kind of hard to pin down.

    I'd like a little more complexity but this is a fine Irish whiskey. Perfect for Bourbon drinkers or those who favor sweeter scotches. Incredibly smooth and drinkable.

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    Red Breast 12 Year Old
    Review by Zap

    9950/99
    Color
    Copper-Gold Alloy, more Yellow than Red
    Nose
    You pick up: 1. The Oak (which smells like Vanilla) 2. The sweet Sherry and Malt mixing (which smells syrupy-sweet, like maple or honey, as opposed to sugary-sweet) 3. The fermented grain (which smells like rotting fruit, which some call earthiness, and those from the country will recognize as a sort of rotting wet hay or grain smell) 4. A refreshing or "zesty" sour note (which can be compared to citrus, and probably comes from the unmalted grain) 5. I agree that there is a faint note of salt. Overall, all four senses are represented - sweet, bitter, sour and salt. It's quite like how I would imagine a leprechaun would smell.
    Body
    Definitely on the thick end (synonyms include oily, creamy, full or syrupy; and the opposite being thin or watery).
    Palate
    Everything the nose promised. The oaky vanilla comes across strong, as does the sherry-malty sweet mixture, which is a thick or muted kind of sweetness (like brown sugar) rather than cloying. Not harsh in the least, certainly as smooth as any 12-year I have tried and matching many older spirits in this regard.
    Finish
    A long finish, which is very nice, you can still taste it for the better part of a minute after you swallow. It is a warm, sherry-sweet sort of finish.

    Overall I get the impression that the pot still enhances the aging somehow. This is a remarkably smooth, oaky and sherry-oaky whiskey; as Nabokov might say it is "very mature for a twelve-year-old." I also found myself surprised at how much I enjoyed it, when I consider myself such a peat-smoke man. But of course, if I wanted that, why would I add an Irish selection to my bar? This is precisely for those days when I want something different. When you combine it with the fact that the pot-still method was practically invented by St. Patrick, I see no reason to buy any other widely available Irish dram.

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    Red Breast 12 Year Old
    Review by Brass14

    9150/99
    Color
    amber
    Nose
    Light oak, freshly bailed hay, pears, smoke at the end
    Body
    Full, slightly oily, smooth
    Palate
    Sweet, caramelized brown sugar with banana, there's a really nice earthyness that I can't put my finger on here, citrus at the end and a soft burn
    Finish
    Perfect finish, doesn't wear out its welcome, warming, no harsh burn really smooth

    I tried this whiskey because of the high reviews, I was definitely not disappointed, its perfectly balanced and well rounded smooth and easy to drink, what a treat.

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    Red Breast 12 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9950/99
    Color
    pale amber
    Nose
    earth
    Body
    thick
    Palate
    the peat bogs of Ireland
    Finish
    warm and zesty

    best I ever had

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    Red Breast 12 Year Old
    Review by ColoradoDram

    8950/99
    Color
    Full gold with orange.
    Nose
    Wet red clay, cooked vanilla pudding, orange/tangerine peel.
    Body
    Oily, medium bodied.
    Palate
    Bread pudding with cinnamon and milk.
    Finish
    Medium warm, so smooth and mellow for a 12 year, dry at the tail end, lasts quite long.

    Dessert in a bottle! Wow...I'm serving this after a Christmas dinner of spiced ham with cloves to celebrate Irish catholics the world over. I've had three different Bushmills expressions, and I'd choose this one in a second over any of them. A better dessert whiskey than most Scottish 12 years...

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    Red Breast 12 Year Old
    Review by Frombeyond

    8850/99
    Color
    light straw
    Nose
    smells like ahot girl's dorm room with gorgeous malty smell and perfumes.
    Body
    full and oily
    Palate
    unique flavor. Big and very polished
    Finish
    nice long finish

    Good whiskey! It tasted like if someone from europe came over to America and made a single malt (barley) whiskey.

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    Red Breast 12 Year Old
    Review by Misterbork

    9550/99
    Color
    Amber lager
    Nose
    Ethanol, vanilla, maple sugar
    Body
    Mildly syrupy
    Palate
    Scotch followed by a wonderful praline, vanilla, maple syrup, gingerbread cookies
    Finish
    Sweet, maple syrup, vanilla, bug spray

    This is my favorite Irish whiskey. It has a Scotch-like complexity followed by a wonderful maple syrup-like sweetness. Not cloying like a bourbon, but sweet like a gingerbread cookie. A great dessert whiskey. Highly Recommended!

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    Red Breast 12 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9150/99
    Color
    Gold
    Nose
    Full and fruity
    Body
    Warm and intense
    Finish
    Hot

    Excellent

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    Red Breast 12 Year Old
    Review by Saul

    7050/99
    Nose
    Oak, Alcohol, Some salt, Chocolate
    Body
    Wet and Oily
    Palate
    Mild, Tingy bite that diminishes quickly, Caramel flavours.
    Finish
    Cool and clean. Not terribly fascinating.

    It's a nice whisky. I'm not in a real hurry to try it agian though.

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    Red Breast 12 Year Old
    Review by Colin

    8950/99
    Color
    Pure gold
    Nose
    Smooth sherry notes, Vanilla, Refreshing
    Body
    Full bodied, Wet, Smooth and easy
    Palate
    An immediate explosion of complexity. Sweets, Spice, Vanilla Fudge, Smooth balance
    Finish
    A smooth and rapid fade to a clean cool finish with a hint of vanilla and some sherry left in the end.

    A perfect balance of sherry and vanilla. This is a very good whiskey.

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    Red Breast 12 Year Old
    Review by Eddie

    9550/99
    Color
    Amber
    Nose
    Tobacco,Honey,Vanilla, Sherry
    Body
    Full, Oily
    Palate
    Sherry, Toffee, a little Spice, Vanilla and a Lot More.
    Finish
    licorice, Long, Spicy,

    This Whiskey was very good, As a matter of fact it's been an hour since I drank some and I think I'am going back for more. As far as Irish Whiskey is Concerned I believe this to be the BEST.

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