Another delicate and charming Irish pot still whisky. This one kind of surprised me with just how unbelievably drinkable it was. I mean almost too drinkable. I could get in serious trouble with a whisky this smooth and palatable.
While I can’t say that I’m completely won over by Irish whisky, I do like quite a lot of it, but at the end of the day…it simply can’t hold a candle to my darling Scottish malts. Or not often anyway. I think this primarily has to do with the lightness of the spirit. I’m a full flavor kinda guy. I loves ‘em big and bold.
Someyimes though, you gotta concede good juice when you taste it, irrespective of whether or not it falls into your typical fare. Case in point…Redbreast 12 year old.
The nose is bourbon-heavy, and smacks of a rye-like sweetness too. Typical of many Irish whiskies, this is a fruit fiesta, led by big orange notes. There is a beautiful balance to here with the sweeter notes meeting some warm creamy counters in the aromas of a morning bakery, oatmeal raisin cookie, warm suede, light spice and smooth vanilla. Lemon pie too.
The palate is a perfect sum of its parts. Here we have a veritable fruit basket in a glass. Mouthwateringly full and absolutely engaging. Fruity, warming and familiar, sweet and delicious. It doesn’t overstay its welcome (whiskyspeak for ‘short finish’), but is entirely enjoyable while it does hang about.
Absolutely nothing to fault here. Having said that…it’s also not spectacular. Although at cask strength or maybe at 18-25 years old, I’d argue it could be absolutely magnificent.
Would love to try this stuff at cask strength.
– Reviewed by: Curt
– Photo: Curt