This Redbreast 12 year old is an cask strength Irish Single Pot Still whiskey from New Middleton distillery. Single Pot Still whiskeys are also known as Pure Pot Still, a traditional yet rare Irish way of making whiskey using malted and unmalted “green” barley. So far New Middleton is the only distillery making age stated Single Pot Still whiskeys.
The cask strength version of Redbreast 12 year old whiskey is very popular. And it’s no wonder, having tasted their normal 12YO version and the 15YO. Both are good. In fact, Redbreast 15 year old is fantastic.
This Redbreast 12YO CS in question is Batch B1/13 – bottled at 59.9% ABV! Like the alcohol per volume suggests, this one needs more than few drops of water and oxygen. At least for me it got much better when I added dash of water – and the bottle had been open over 6 months.
Matured in a combination of Ex-Sherry (Oloroso) and Ex-Bourbon barrels, majority in Ex-Sherry.
There Will Be Blood while hunting Redbreasts
Seems like every time you try a Middleton distillery whiskey, it’s a jackpot. Even the normal version of this golden liquid is good – and this is just extraordinary.
I’ve referenced There Will Be Blood the movie before, with Glenfiddich 12YO which I didn’t like. I stated that there will be blood before I’m through tasting that single malt. With Redbreast it’s more like blood will be bled if I don’t get any.
The movie suits more with Redbreast because both are good and both revolve around the theme of liquid gold. That’s just what this cask strength Irish whiskey is – pure golden water of life.
Redbreast 12YO CS Scoring93
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Redbreast 12YO Cask Strength Batch B1/16 (57.2%) review by Scotch Test Dummies, I love these guys!