I live out in the sticks and I have to drive at least a half hour, and more like an hour to hit a real liquor store, so I’m not sure if my liquor “finds” are abnormal compared to someone who lives in a more metropolitan area. I say that because I’ve been looking for Redbreast Cask Strength 12 Year for about a year, and only just found a bottle. I was actually with my brother when I saw it, and he was shocked/appalled at the $100 price as he’s not a whiskey snob (that’s what my wife calls me) but I had to get it when I saw it. I should have gotten two bottles, because now that I’ve tried it, I know I’m going to want more.
This Redbreast Cask Strength is an award winning Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey that is aged for 12 years in a mixture of Bourbon and Oloroso Sherry Casks.
The nose on this Redbreast 12 Cask Strength is deep and rich. There is a hint of malt just under rich dark fruits which is perfectly balanced against the vanilla from the bourbon barrels.
The mouth feel is crisp and clean. The front of the tongue is hit by the sweetness that immediately turns to dryness and fruitiness that finishes with the bourbon finish that coasts to a very subtle smokiness. It is complex and lovely. It is not for new drinkers, or at least I don’t think most new Whiskey drinkers will appreciate it, but I could be wrong.
This cask strength Redbreast is all the goodness of Redbreast 12 but concentrated and powerful, but if a refined, balanced way that really just hits it out of the park.
This Redbreast Cask Strength is all the things I love about Redbreast 12, without the overly wooded notes from Redbreast 15, on steroids.
Redbreast Cask Strength scores a 97/100, making it the all time best whiskey I’ve ever had, and it earned every point.
- Nose full of fruits and vanilla that is balanced perfectly by the oak from the bourbon.
- If you like Redbreast 12 this is going to nock your socks off.
- Perfectly balanced flavors that make for easy sipping.
- Can you find it!
- If you are on a budget, these bottles can hurt your wallet.