Christmas Countdown 2020 #3: Duel of the Redbreast 14 Year Small Batch Cask Strengths (2019 Batch A vs 2019 Batch B)
Distillery: Midelton Distillery
Region: Cork, Ireland.
Age: 14 Year.
World Whiskey Review #39: Redbreast 14 Year Small Batch Cask Strength 2019 Batch A
ABV: 58.6% Cask Strength
Color: 1.1, Burnished.
Nose: (according to the wife) It smells a lot of molasses/black sugar and blackberries. Not much else going on.
Palate: It’s sweet and fruity with a bit of cream. It does need some water to calm this down. With water, candied ginger comes out along with candied walnuts. The candy notes are joined by a warm poached pear that’s been lightly dusted with holiday spices. Nice and warming with bits of sugar here and there.
Finish: Medium in length. The finish reminds me heavily of banana bread. There’s a bit of sugar, a bit of walnut, and a whole lot of that distinct dense banana bread taste.
Conclusion: Oh isn’t this a nice little treat. It’s packed full of nice holiday flavors. The candied ginger and walnuts are delightful, with a bit of sugar going on with the nutty and aromatic note. The poached pear with a bit of holiday spice is delicious and makes you want to go back for more. Right at the end, the banana bread is quite tasty and brings back memories of mom’s home baking. Would I buy a bottle? Probably!
Final Score: 82.
World Whiskey Review #40: Redbreast 14 Year Small Batch Cask Strength 2019 Batch B
ABV: 57.2% Cask Strength
Color: 1.4, Tawny.
Nose: (according to the wife) Not a whole lot going on. Nothing quite stands out.
Palate: It’s got a nice warmth to it at full strength. There’s a lot of a very sugary malt, so sugary that it almost has a coarse mouthfeel to it. Not much else happens, just a lot of malt sugar. With some water, a little bit of lemon comes out but not much else.
Finish: Fairly short in length. There’s a little bit of lemon and a bit of citrus zest.
Conclusion: While this isn’t a bad whisky, it’s pretty clear that even without the direct comparison to it’s sibling whisky that this is a boring whisky. There really isn’t much going on anywhere. It basically gives off no aroma. The palate is just a bunch of sugary malt. The finish gets a little interesting with some lemon and citrus zest but that’s not enough to carry this. Not bad, but it is the definition of boring.
Final Score: 72.
World Whiskey Review #39-40, Irish Whiskey Review #10-11, Whisky Network Review #345-346
- 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
- 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky.
- 85-89: Amazing, will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection (if feasible).
- 80-84: Very Good, maybe only one minor nitpick about the whisky keeping it here.
- 75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink.
- 70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
- 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
- Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead.