GSN Review: Redbreast Single Pot Still 12 Year Old Irish Whiskey

I still say there’s nothing like a glass of single pot still Irish whiskey at the end of the day.  It seems to be one of my go-to nightcaps.  Surprisingly Redbreast is only one of only a handful of single pot stills produced by the Midleton distillery, most of which are unfortunately not available in the U.S. at this time.  I’ve already reviewed Redbreast’s 12-year-old cask strength and 15-year-old, but I had yet to record my tasting notes for their flagship whiskey.  So, to task I went…

Redbreast Single Pot Still 12 Year Old Irish Whiskey (80 proof)
Visual: Golden honey color.
Nose: Autumnal apple, light fruit, and a full bouquet of oak.
Taste: Light, sweet with a hint of cider, burnt sugar, dry vanilla bean, ginger, white pepper and just a touch of maple syrup.
Finish: Dry, slight tannic notes, and a somewhat spicy pepper finish.
Overall: A great Irish whiskey and one that has way more character than you’d normally find.  The typical caramel and citrus notes have been replaced by a drier and more wood-like nuances.
GSN Rating: A

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