Today, I am reviewing Redbreast 12 year, a single pot still whiskey from the Midleton Distillery in Cork. A single pot still whiskey is very similar to a single malt, with the only difference being that a single pot still whiskey includes both malted and unmalted barley in the mash bill. Like other Irish whiskeys, Redbreast is triple distilled. The Redbreast label is also home to a 15 year edition and a 12 year cask strength bottling in addition to the standard 12 year, which is bottled at 80 proof (40% abv).
On the nose, Redbreast is a quite sweet spirit. There are notes of Red Delicious apples, honey, some light caramel, all backed up by a background mix of floral notes and barley. The nose is rather complex for how light it is. Unfortunately, I think this whiskey trails off after the nose. The palate is very light with some sweet malt and caramel bread pudding notes. The finish is short and slightly malty, with a hint of apples. But, I really had to go seeking for flavors on the finish.
Overall, this is a fine whiskey, one of the finer Irish whiskeys I have had. This one is beyond drinkable, and I suspect that would make it a great compliment in a Hot Toddy. However, if you are looking for something to sip slow, this one lacks depth. The tasting experience is pleasant, but not very original in my opinion. I definitely like this whiskey, but I think its drinkability holds back its depth. The 12 yr. cask strength is very high up on my whiskeys to try, though. I am anxious to see what could happen to this spirit at a higher proof. My grade: C. Price: $40-45/750ml. This is a good whiskey, but it is definitely not my favorite. That said, if you enjoy a light, fruity, malty spirit, Redbreast 12 could be your new cabinet staple. Give it a try for yourself and let it ride!