Redbreast is known to be THE single pot still whiskey to try. Particularly the 21 has a reputation as one of the best Irish Whiskies that money can buy.
Now, I’m not usually a massive fan of Irish whiskey but had the chance to try two of the Redbreast range recently, including the 21.
If you didn’t already know, it is distilled at the New Midleton distillery with a mix of malted and unmalted barley. Although it is made on the same site as Jameson, this only uses pot stills, giving it a fuller body and character.
Redbreast 15 46%
Nose: Loads of tropical fruit, fruit gums, a little banana, milk bottle sweets, apple sours, a real pix-n-mix! Creamy.
Taste: Very soft, a little watery to start (46%?!), tropical fruit, green banana, underipe mango, orange juice, creamy vanilla. Flat in places though.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Soft spices, some oak, a bit flat here and lacking life.
I was very surprised by the mouthfeel to this. Very average in my book, especially considering the price is pretty high.
Redbreast 21 46%
Colour: Dark Gold
Nose: Stunning! A massive fruit bomb! Expressive mango and mango juice, guava, some pineapple, perfume, clean laundry and biscuit, candied orange peel, ripe banana and milk chocolate. Complex and lively.
Taste: Juicy arrival, mango, pineapple, great oak, still so fresh, creamy, biscuit, lovely viscous mouthfeel, orange, light touch of white pepper and ginger.
Finish: Medium length. More orange, then drier, orange chewing gum, not as complex here.
Just loses a few points on the finish but fantastic Irish whiskey.
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Best Score: 94
Worst Score: 12
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good
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