Redbreast 12yo | 40.0% | Ireland
Meet #9 | 09/04/11 | Hosted by Phil
As part of a world whisky extravaganza, we took our first outing across the Irish sea to the Emerald Isle - How would this Jameson bottling size up?
Well, hello eclecticism! There's all sorts going on here, starting with some fruity goodness: (acidy) apples, orange peel, pear drops, strawberry-centred banshees and strawberry ice cream. Then the flower-power brigade hits full swing, bringing up the rear with a mixed bunch of geraniums, fuchsia and daffodils, held together with a bundle of grass. It all goes a bit mad from here with some staleness creeping in in the form of ink pads, wet ash and fag ends in a can of Tennents on the morning after. Things get a bit more explosive now, with petrol, hairspray and fireworks all making an appearance. It's hard to categorise the last few nosings, but it would no doubt be a crazy party: bubblegum, Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors, white wine vinegar and leprechauns.
Definitely spicier than the nosings, with pepper, chili, smoked paprika and cloves coming along to the party. There's a varied garden-influence: canary melon, apple, bell pepper, turf and green herbs. Again, a distinct sweetness hangs around, giving you toffee, gomme syrup and chocolate. Things get a bit more abstract at this point: empty space, McNulty from The Wire's guilt and the salt of the sweat of the Taoiseach before a general election. And finishing the whole thing of are perhaps the less-desirable flavours of melted plastic, yellow snow and oil.
The Redbreast 12yo is fast becoming known as a classic Irish pot still whiskey.
Finish & Comments
The finish seems short, maybe just sneaking in to medium. It's sweet: creme brulee, toffee, millionaire's shortbread, banana, raisins and Christmas. It's nutty too - maybe hazelnuts? - and it's finished off with the 70s folk duo of charcoal & rosewater.
We've always scored out of 10 in our group (see number in red box, below), with scores regularly given across that spectrum. The value out of 100 below is adjusted to the scale most commonly used for whisky reviews, to allow for better comparison.
50 / 100
Detailed scores (out of 10)
Tasting Game Points (out of 6)
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