Redbreast 27 Year Batch No. 2

World Whiskey Review #44: Redbreast 27 Year Batch No. 2

Distillery: Midleton

Region: Cork, Ireland.

Age: 27 Year.

Cask Type: “Matured in the finest bourbon, sherry and ruby port casks for no less than 27 years”.

ABV: 53.50%

Price: Sample courtesy of /u/MarrowX.

Color: 1.4, Tawny.

Nose: The main notes coming through are of fresh cut grass and fresh cut hay. There’s a little bit of fruit in the form of apples and pears along with a bit of malted barley.

Palate: It’s quite an easy drinker. Much like the nose, there are loads of greenery here. It’s like being in an open field in spring. There’s more grass, some dandelions, and alfalfa sprouts. To complement these notes comes a bit of fruit in the form of red grapes and red wine.

Finish: Medium to short in length. You get more of the alfalfa sprouts along with a bit of hay. Champagne grapes and poached pears come through as well.

Conclusion: Well this was quite different. I don’t think I’ve had a whiskey that’s managed to shove so much greenery into a glass. From the first sniff to the last lingering note, this Redbreast is full of it. It’s quite refreshing and rejuvenating, almost to the point of where this dram feels healthy for you. The little bits of fruit that come in here and there, especially the red grapes, help keep this from getting too singularly focused. Still, there’s something about this that seems too simple. Perhaps it’s because the flavor profile was unexpected, but it seems that this Redbreast stops a bit of a ways short of being truly brilliant. Not a bad whisky, but for the price, I’ll pass for other things.

Final Score: 82.

World Whiskey Review #44, Irish Whiskey Review #12, Whisky Network Review #399

Scoring Legend:

  • 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.

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