This cask strength expression gives a glimpse of Redbreast 12 in its natural, full flavoured taste. Succulent exotic fruit with a little citrus, complementing deeper notes of dried apricot and sultana. Infusion of assorted spices and toasted wood. Rich, fully rounded and mellow with luscious fruit and spices. Sweetness of vanilla and a touch of oak. Satisfyingly long with the sophisticated combination of fruit and spices slowly giving way to toasted oak, then barley.
Straight up, this cask-strength whiskey is crazy hot, almost too hot to drink. But it shines as a base for mixed drinks, as its honeyed Sherry scent and mix of malty apple and faintly smoky flavors stand up to significant dilution. For straight-up sipping, seek out the excellent-and 80 proof-Redbreast 12 year old.