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Redbreast 15yr

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  • Distiller:

    Midleton

  • Bottler:

    Midleton

  • ABV:

    46%

  • Age:

    15 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 89
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: I’d rather pocket the extra $20 and just go with the Redbreast 12. There’s nothing wrong with the 15, I just enjoy the 12 more.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: whiskyfun
  • Excerpt: We’re right between (good) malt whisky and (good) bourbon, if I may say so. For undecided whisky lovers? What’s sure is that I like it mucho, but the 12 CS remains my fav.
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  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The taste is smooth with roasted almonds, figs, blackberries, oak, and dark chocolate notes. The finish has a hint of vanilla with hazelnut and charred oak notes. Outstanding!
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: I do enjoy the silky/oily texture, the bold resinous oak spice grip on the finish, and the rich nutty toffee, fig, black raspberry, chocolaty, chewy nougat throughout the palate. Still, it’s not as eminently drinkable, refined, or balanced as the 12 year old.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: The wood spices also speak a little louder in the 15 year than in the 12 year with a pleasant bite at the finish.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: Whiskey Consensus
  • Excerpt: I would recommend this to the avid Irish whiskey drinker that is looking for something different or a bourbon drinker that is looking to enter the Irish whiskey world.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Wine Enthusiast
  • Excerpt: Made with a combination of malted and unmalted barley, this 15-year-old builds on the beautiful flavors of the 12-year-old version, adding big, mouth-filling caramel tones, a spicy finish and a velvety feel.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Complex and loaded with enjoyable flavor, Redbreast 15yr is an exercise in complexity and avoiding big, boisterous flavors. This just works, and it's delightful, but it's a dram to spend a little time with.
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  • Intro:

    Aged for 15 years in Redbreast's signature casks, this 15yr OB release sports a $99 release price and is widely available.

  • Nose:

    Wow - really complex nose. Cinnamon buns - sweet sticky icing, some cinnamon, brown butter, cream. Light pepper note to it before big peach cobbler notes arise. Sweet buttercream.

  • Taste:

    Sweet on the palate. Moderate mouthfeel. Hint of cracked pepper before sweet jammy fruit notes and malt pop up. Honey, praline, peach and currant. Lots going on.

  • Finish:

    Long finish. Sweet and complex - that cinnamon bun characteristic is back along with honey, more peach and a lovely praline character.

  • Overall:

    Complex and loaded with enjoyable flavor, Redbreast 15yr is an exercise in complexity and avoiding big, boisterous flavors. This just works, and it's delightful, but it's a dram to spend a little time with.

  • Score:

    7

  • By t8ke
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