Irish Whiskey - Single Malt

Redbreast 12yr Pure Pot Still Single Malt Irish Whiskey

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Awards

San Francisco WSC

  • 2005
  • 2007
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016

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Redbreast 12yr Irish Whiskey is the youngest of the triple pot-distillation brand. It was the first of the Rebreast brand to launch and remains a favorite among many amateurs and critics to this day who celebrate it as a pure example of the Irish whiskey craft.

Named Top Irish Whiskey in the 2007 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

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This bottle has 20 ratings and 19 reviews.
KaiserSoze KaiserSoze (411)
Rating: 4.5 (2017-03-22)[Updated Review]
Felt festive for St. Paddy’s Day and wanted a change of pace, so I picked a bottle of this and a bottle of Bushmills Black Bush (review posted simultaneously). Having very little experience with Irish Whiskey but knowing it’s still softer and more delicate (usually) than Bourbon, Rye, or Scotch, I was still a little disappointed at first. But the more time I spent with this and the more air was able to get in the bottle, the more I enjoyed it. Redbreast 12 is simply delicious! Give this to anyone who says they don’t care for whisk(e)y and they will sing a different tune. This stuff is luscious, delicious, and dessert-like. Light floral nose with a touch of banana & vanilla, but the palate entry and development is where it shines. Thick honey syrup, heaps of vanilla, orange zest, lemon meringue pie, peach cobbler, dark cherries, banana cream, plums and a touch of coconut. Nice, lengthy warm finish. Compared to the Black Bush, this is softer, sweeter, and more approachable. But it’s also almost 3 TIMES THE PRICE. Side-by-side, I’d pick this, but price factored in it’s not 3 times better. The other thing that bugs me is it’s bottled at 40% abv – 80 proof. Is it that hard to bottle the damn thing at 86 proof!? Other than that, it’s a phenomenal dram. It was nice not having to “fight the drink” like I do with my preferred barrel proof bourbons and intense Islay single malts. If you want to drop the coin, pick up a bottle, it’s excellent!
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Review Comments
Cranecreek (2017-03-25):
You have been busy with all your reviews!! I have never found this at a resonable price. What did you pay ? The 3 times distilling on Irish has actually always been a roadblock for me trying more, heck two more times and you could end up with Vodka. But this sounds much better than what I assumed.

KaiserSoze (2017-03-25):
My bottle rang in at $71 after sales tax. It's delicious, but it's overpriced. I don't think I see another bottle of this in my future but I would definitely order it in a bar if I see it.

Cranecreek (2017-03-26):
Perhaps Proof66 may want to update the price of $40. I see it for about what you said you paid. ay

Proof66 Staff (2017-03-28):
We've updated; we're certainly not seeing it for $40 any longer, either! It can be had for $60 at one of the online vendors we refer to so that is how we've adjusted it. We'll see if new suggested prices come from the competitions in the upcoming year.

KaiserSoze (2017-03-29):
Thank you Proof66. You also might want to revise the ABV as well as it is 40%, not 43%.

Proof66 Staff (2017-03-30):
Ah, noted. Thank you; we've just corrected.

lpy89 lpy89 (220)
Rating: 4.0 (2015-05-23)
A definite upgrade from Jameson. Has very fruity nose of bananas, pears with hints of citrus along with vanilla notes. In the mouth you get more oak and cinnamon flavors followed by what i call licorice finish i typically associate with Irish Whiskeys. Very smooth and definetly one to try.
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HoppusAurelius HoppusAurelius (7)
Rating: 5.0 (2015-04-29)
So smooth with cinnamon, honey, vanilla and very little heat. This is an awesome example of what a 12 year whiskey should taste like.
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Muncher Muncher (653)
Rating: 4.0 (2014-03-16)
Fruity with a bit of oak in the finish. The fruitiness reminds of some of the bubble gums I chewed as a kid. It's really good but I can't give it 5 stars because it's just a little too simple.
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Wuli27 Wuli27 (63)
Rating: 3.0 (2014-03-10)
not bad, but I can't see why it's always so hyped up...I 've tried it a half dozen times now...it must be not for me...
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NeatPour NeatPour (357)
Rating: 4.0 (2013-08-06)
I'm afraid I only like (not love) this celebrated bottle (I really wanted to love it). The juice is smooth & light with very very delicate flavors. Imo they are a bit too delicate. Those that like bolder whiskey's like smokey (laph/ard), oaky, or even sweet (glenmorangie) may be let down. For those that really enjoy an ultra smooth whisky like blue label or crown reserve, I think you'll find this to be right up your alley. Personally I think irish whiskey's benefit from finishing in pre-flavored flasks (aka ex-sherry/olorosso) where an understated base can serve as a stage for other flavor layerings... but that's just me. Please do try though, there is nothing bad or offputting whatsoever. The balance is nice & certainly worth a try.
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egray66 egray66 (10)
Rating: 5.0 (2013-05-10)
This is one of my favorites. Very smooth and it just lingers in a good way on your palate. Pour about 6 ounces and take a couple of hours enjoying this fine creation. Great by the fire on a cold night.
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BigTee BigTee (6)
Rating: 5.0 (2013-04-28)
This definitely is a must have. The best whiskey Ive ever had. Best served neat.
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brenpd brenpd (2)
Rating: 5.0 (2013-04-16)
Quite possibly the best single malt Irish whiskey on the market. Light on the tongue, smooth finish. Better than the more expensive and older aged whiskeys.
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Quetzal Quetzal (149)
Rating: 4.0 (2013-03-29)
(4 out of 5). One of my favorite Irish whiskys. Strong banana bread on the nose with dried fruit and vanilla. Oily mouth feel, complex and spicy on the tongue. Upgrade from Jameson and Bushmills and get this! $54 in my area.
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joelbarrett joelbarrett (58)
Rating: 4.0 (2013-03-21)
Good stuff
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StanMemTn StanMemTn (152)
Rating: 5.0 (2012-12-08)
Outstanding. A rich, oily, palate clinging whiskey. Lovely sweetness with plenty of oak. Bottle-worthy to be sure!
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Bigdog74 Bigdog74 (5)
Rating: 5.0 (2012-02-14)
This is certainly the staple treat in my whiskey arsenal.
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willempy willempy (12)
Rating: 5.0 (2012-02-08)
What a surprise this was! I fullyy agree with other reviewers: it is a must have!
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Meridian Meridian (8)
Rating: 5.0 (2011-12-30)
Love this Whiskey. Jameson is my regular but Red Breast is the Treat! So good. Sweeter and more smooth than Jamison.
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Allan Allan (220)
Rating: 4.0 (2011-07-14)
The best Irish whiskey I have found.Smooth with the flavors developing nicely with little burn. But a bit expensive.
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mvg1 mvg1 (34)
Rating: 5.0 (2011-01-30)
Excellent 5 *****s on this one, very complex I was not to sure if this whiskey could keep up with the greats like tycronnell, blackbush, and bushmills 10 in around the same price point. The nose, bannana bread dry fruit and a slight bite from the alcohol. On the palate it was fantastic very fruity slight vanilla, and toffee,with at the end it was a very slight black liquorice taste that was not overpowering and accepted in my book. medium to long finish... Also smooth as silk. wonderful !!!
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Phizbin Phizbin (427)
Rating: 4.0 (2010-05-31)
Got a chance to try this whiskey in an Irish bar with a local band playing Irish music. Perfect setting! I really liked this one--it was every inch a premium scotch with a deep undercurrent of oak. There's no trace of heat or burn. The only potential flaw was that I thought that they might have left it in the barrel a bit too long...
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Irishman Irishman (425)
Rating: 5.0 (2009-04-15)
This award winning Irish whiskey is worth every penny. Outstanding quality and definitely a must have bottle for any well rounded bar.
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