Redbreast 15

1 Posted by - 01/18/2014 - A Rated, Irish, Single Pot Still
What a great single pot still or “pure pot still” as it used to be known. Note the only thing preventing this from being a single Malt is the fact that un-malted barley is involved (Single malt can only be made from malted barley). But what do we care, right? What we have here is a fantastic Irish Whiskey. We got a chance to try the 12yo along side of this 15yo and I have to say the latter is more aggressive. I much prefer the smoother 12yo in this case, but nonetheless on to the review.

The Robin Redbreast is the only bird which sings continuously throughout the dark Irish winters and is one of the very few small birds that choose to winter in Ireland. It is this enduring spirit which inspires its namesake, Redbreast Whiskey.


  • Style: Irish Whiskey
  • Alcohol: 46%
  • Volume: 70cl


  • Nose: Rye, fruity, cream soda
  • Palate: Creamy, Spicy, butterscotch
  • Finish: Slight pepper, Black Licroise (Aniseed), peppermint
  • Marks: The marks system for the Society is left simple: A – F with +/- leveling.

Jon: A
Justin: A
Sara: A
Zech: A+
Median Grade: A

I want to unite old friends and share this amazing experience. Whether it be indulging on a few drams of single malt scotch or a unique bourbon I will always find it hard to resist not to diversify and expand our whisk(e)y horizons.

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  • Benjamin 04/25/2014 - 2:52 PM

    The Redbreast 12yr is in my top 3. My usual pour is 3 fingers with 3 rocks. I’ll let it chill and break for a few minutes. I think the flavor release is subtle and smooth. It isn’t peaty, but has a complex and somehow ‘experienced’ flavor. The flavors aren’t really intense like with Defiant and it’s the kind of brown water you can sip on all evening without any bad flavor build up. I sleep well after this drink and no side effects due to it’s filter and quality (probably as a result of careful removal of the heads and tails). If company is over, this often is the first pour then I’ll step down for the second pour to something less senior. This is the brown water I pull out when I want to make a great impression or show off the better stuff to compare.

    • Jon 05/01/2014 - 12:14 AM

      Thanks Ben!

      Perhaps you’d like to be a guest author for a review sometime?

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