Whisky Advocate Magazine named this Irish Whiskey of the year in 2012 and they were right! I have always liked the standard Red Breast 12 year old. It is a pure pot still whiskey triple distilled and has an wonderful “oily” feel, and oily is good. Somehow they made a great whiskey, no…fantastic whiskey, better.
Nose: Vanilla creme, although cask strength (bottled at 57.7%) it in not overpowering on alcohol, all-spice and hints nutmeg.
Palate: toffee, raw brown sugar, a hint of sherry and just a hint of alcohol burn to go along with dried fruits like mango’s and oranges.
Finish: very mellow and just the right amount of finish: strong at the beginning and evenly decreasing.
When I heard that this was coming out I could not wait. The Wine and Cheese Place in St. Louis received their bottles in Mid March. And since then, I have already drank almost half my bottle. As I said, my new favorite whiskey. What is really nice about this whiskey is I do not have to add water. And the notes above are without water added. My guess is a few drops of water will really release some flavors, but right now, I’m not interested.