Redbreast 12 years Cask Strength Review

Redbreast 12 years Cask Strength Review

Redbreast 12 years Cask Strength is nothing more than the full, un-cut version of the Redbreast 12 and that right there is fantastic. It’s basically taking something that is already phenomenal and turning it up 11. The only way it could possibly get better is if it was the ungodly amazing RB21 being delivered at CS, but let’s not greedy.

Midleton describes Single Pot Still whiskey as being “fuller and deeper in flavour than most and possesses a distinctive, creamy mouthfeel” which is beautifully displayed in this full bodied and uncut expression. To top it all off they don’t subject the whiskey to chill filtration thus retaining all of the oils that get stripped out during that process. Nor do they taint the whiskey with e150 caramel coloring so you’re getting this almost as natural as it can possibly be.

Redbreast 12 years Cask Strength Review

Distiller: Middleton
Age: 12 years
ABV: 59.9%
Price: $60*

Cask Strength
Non-Chill Filtered
Natural Color


Sweet buttery toffee, fruit and that malty coppery pot still character come first followed by pleasant notes of vanilla, bourbon-like spice, toasted nuts and a light bit of hay. Add some water and hints of butterscotch, dried apricots, buttery pastry and brown sugar appear. This is a wildly complex nose.

Malty coppery pot still floods the palate and creates a flavorful surface for caramel, toffee, bananas foster, light pear and Almond Roca. It’s warm and flavorful, but add some water and it all kicks up a notch with notes of dried apricots, brown sugar, hay and spice coming to the party.

Long and lightly wood finish of caramel, butterscotch and that lovely single pot still character.

Perfectly balanced with a round thick body and a heavy oily texture.

Redbreast 12 years Cask Strength is phenomenal. I’m an Irish whiskey fan through and through and not only is this a fantastic example of a truly lovely Single Pot Still Whiskey, but it’s delivered in all it’s glory at full cask strength, non-chill filtered and at natural color. It’s hard to get better than this when it comes to Irish Whiskey. Sweet complex aroma and flavor all bundled up in a malty coppery single pot still character… why the hell am I still typing? I need to go pour myself another glass!

SCORE: 93/100


*Disclosure: This bottle of Redbreast 12 years Cask Strength was graciously sent to me by the company for the purposes of this review. The views, opinions, and tasting notes are 100% my own.
Redbreast 12 years Cask Strength
  • Nose - 94
  • Palate - 93
  • Finish - 92
  • Balance, Body & Feel - 93

Redbreast 12 years Cask Strength - Value

At only $15 more than it's lower ABV brother I feel like this a great value, you're getting a lot of great whiskey for your money here.

User Rating: 2.4 (180 votes)
Josh Peters

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4 Responses to Redbreast 12 years Cask Strength Review

  1. You are absolutely correct about Redbreast Cask Strength. One of the best Irish Whiskies you’ll ever taste. Just mind blowing. A bit hard to find but when you do it is well worth the few extra bucks for it.

  2. I got a bottle of this recently (batch B1/13), because I’ve always enjoyed the 12 year old. At first I was rather disappointed as it was very “closed” on the nose and even the palate. I usually drink cask-strength neat for the full experience, but decided to add a bit of water to it, and it really opened up nicely. It’s still not yet quite lived up to my expectations, but we’ll see how it evolves as the bottle gets drunk. Oh, and thanks to a certain Mr J Murray, my other favourite the 21 is now either impossible to find or twice the price it was… bastard!

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