Redbreast 21 Year Old
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Redbreast 21 Year Old

(0.75l, 46%)


9/10
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$228.99
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One word: Inspiring. 
 
Irish Distillers — the producers of Jameson, Powers, Paddy, Redbreast, Green Spot, and Midleton Very Rare Whiskies along with Huzzar Vodka and Cork Dry Gin — stubbornly adhere to their time tested methods and practices for making the world’s most popular Irish Whiskies.
 
Redbreast Whiskies drip from the stills at their Midleton Distillery — a former wool mill, subsequently transformed into a what is now one of Ireland’s most iconic distilleries and home to the world’s largest still with a capacity of over 31,000 gallons. Redbreast sets itself apart by being one of the very few remaining Single Pot Still Whiskies and comes in four variants ranging from 12 to 21 years old. All of their expressions are well worth exploring. 
 
Redbreast 21 has been called a masterpiece by a few big names in the Whiskey business.
 
They take the wonderful base spirit and hand it to a Jedi who uses the Force and other magic to transform it into one of the best — if not THE best — Irish Whiskies we’ve had the pleasure of tasting. It's aged for 21 years in first fill Sherry and Bourbon casks. If you're yet unfamiliar with Redbreast, this one makes for a great introduction.

Smartass Corner:
Single Pot Still Whiskey is rather unique and only a handful of Irish Whiskey shops still distill in this fashion. Oddly, the term has nothing to do with the still itself. It’s much like a single malt Whiskey, but it uses a combination of both malted and unmalted barley in the mash. And where a single malt Whiskey is usually distilled twice, Single Pot Still Whiskey is usually distilled three times, making the Whiskey taste a little earthier and bringing out the flavor of orchard fruits.

 
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Pot Still Whiskey
  • Region
    Ireland
  • Country
    Ireland
  • Alcohol
    46%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    21 Year Old
  • Maturation
    First fill sherry and Bourbon casks

Flavor Spiral™

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cake
sherry
nutty
spicy notes
leather
apple
honey
caramel
fruit
What does Redbreast 21 Year Old taste like?

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Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Pure gold.

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Pineapple and honey and caramel apples.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Rich and viscous, full-bodied and luscious with nectarine and leather with spice cake.

Finish
A long lasting tang of fruit, cream, and grain… like a French pear tart.

Flavor Spiral
Sherry, apple, cake, honey, spicy notes, nutty, caramel, leather, fruit.
Ratings & Reviews
PATRICK
PATRICK,
Near the top of all the whiskies I have ever tried. I would simply describe it as decadent. If you like the Redbreast 12 and can afford the bottle, I would recommend buying it immediately.
 
Wesley
Wesley,
Dessert in a glass. Enjoyed a few glasses tonight fireside with friends and family. An absolute classic.
 
Anthony
Anthony,
Simply put.... This is amazing and worth every penny. Picked mine up in Ireland on our honeymoon. Glad I did.
 
Rob
Rob,
I love all things Redbreast (12 through 27) but I am slightly disappointed in the finish of the 21. The nose and the taste are amazing but the nutty/earthy finish lingers in a way that seems a little off from the start of the experience. No other Redbreast exhibited this when tasted side by side.
 
Derrick
Derrick,
Nose: bread & cherries Palate: sharp at first. Butter and caramel. Finish: smooths out. Buttery and shortbread. Long and enjoyable aftertaste.
 
David
David,
I've had the entire Redbreast line, the 15 and 12 CS being my favorites. This one, however, is so complex that I almost have no words to describe how amazing it is. Is it pricey...yes! Is it worth the splurge if you have the cash...yes! The time spent in ex-bourbon and sherry casks come through with the vanilla, oak spice, nuttiness and tons of fruit character. Dark, tropical, fleshy...it's all there. Word to the wise, let it sit for at least 15 to 20 minutes before enjoying a dram.
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
10/10! In all honesty, I haven’t tasted anything better. This is my gold standard that I will use to rate and judge everything else. Unbelievably smooth. Notes of sweet and fruity throughout the front, a touch of woody/earthiness to the finish, just perfect.
 
Chris
Chris,
This is the absolute best whisky I have ever tasted!! The only reason I didn’t give it 10 stars is because it has a slight kinda bitter/spicy hit for just a brief moment when you swallow it. But the nosing, initial drink and aftertaste are amazing!! Nice vanilla and caramel. Outstanding bottle!
 
John
John,
Fuck. I have not tasted a better whiskey. If you are looking for my lane...this is it! Don't get me wrong...if there is a better whiskey...please let me know!
 
Stephen
Stephen,
My favourite whiskey, hands down. Fragrant, spicy, thick, syrupy, caramely and tropical. It coats your mouth and you'll still taste it minutes later.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Smooth.... great with one ice cube
 
Josh
Josh,
Absolutely one of my top two of all time
 
Dennis
Dennis,
Loved it,
 
Adelino
Adelino,
Loved it.
 
guest
guest,
Absolutely my favorite, hands down. I picked it up blindly in Ireland because a women told that if I picked this bottle up I’d make my wife a whisky drinker without fail. It worked and she now drinks it Neat with me on occasions. Thank you Redbrest!
 
Frederick
Frederick,
Very smooth with nice finish. My top of the list whiskey.
 
KEL
KEL,
I get notes of caramel and hickory with a very smooth smokey mouthfeel.
 
joseph
joseph,
Tastes like cherry and caramel.
 
guest
guest,
Fantastic whiskey. So smooth.
 
Ezra
Ezra,
Great Irish whiskey. Like Jameson but fruitier and smoother.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Perfect whiskey, nothing I would add or take away.
 
anthony
anthony,
Love it!
 
Micah
Micah,
The Best!!!
 
Rachel
Rachel,
Outstanding whiskey my farovite by far, great buttery finish can’t say enough
 
Rachel
Rachel,
It’s extremely smooth tasting, with a buttery finish I would highly recommend for everyone’s Home Bar
 
John
John,
The gold standard. I pull this bottle out when a snobby friend tries to discuss the inferiority of Whiskey to Whisky. No superlative is too big, too extreme, or inappropriate. Not often you would call an Irish whiskey over $250 a bargain, but this is. That said, the 12 and 15 yr old are all of a similar (though clearly not as high) quality and may be good stepping stones before reaching this, the pinnacle of Irish mass production whiskey.
 
James
James,
Mellow. Deep flavor. My favorite right now.
 
Brita
Brita,
Wow! Just wow! Worth ever cent
 
Shawn
Shawn,
I received a sample of this through an Easter Egg order and it is fantastic. My wife does not like Whiskey of any kind. Period. She likes this. It is such a smooth drink. I have not tried the 15 year, so I may do that first before I plunk down the money for a bottle of this.
 
Michael
Michael,
I expected more. Don’t get me wrong it’s a delicious whiskey but I’m not sure it’s worth the price.
 
Al
Al,
Elegant is the word that comes to mind. A smooth, flavorful Irish whiskey. I first tasted this at WhiskeyFest in Chicago and my drinking buddy and I both agreed it was among the to three we sampled that night. If you can’t afford the 21 year old, the 15 year old is a real value.
 
Devlin
Devlin,
Very smooth
 
John
John,
I love the Irish Whiskeys because they distill the peat out of them. This one is smoooooooth and tasty. No brainer to have this one as a part of your bar!
 
Travis
Travis,
Amazing!
 
Jessica
Jessica,
Amazingly smooth. I experienced this phenomenal whiskey while attending The Whiskey Extravaganza in Boston. I am greatful that friends pointed out this expression.
 
guest
guest,
An absolutely amazing whisky. Definitely worth the price once you have a taste. I treated myself to this after having the 12 and 15 year old versions and it is worth the extra cost.
 
guest
guest,
Incredibly smooth with no bite. Almost "too" drinkable!
 
Tom
Tom,
Very smooth
 
guest
guest,
Smooth fruity and sweet
 
guest
guest,
Phenomenal
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Outstanding! Tropical, smooth and addictive. A must have for any collection.
 
Brian
Brian,
My absolute favorite.
 
Shaun
Shaun,
Redbreast is singlehandedly the best whiskey around.
 
elvin
elvin,
Amazing
 
Michael
Michael,
I want to order it, but do not see it on the site anywhere
 
guest
guest,
Awesome
 
KENNETH
KENNETH,
Smooth with a great taste and finish.
 
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