There’s nothing more satisfying than a glass of whiskey, especially when it’s a single pot still Irish whiskey like Redbreast 12 Year Old. Just one sip of this full-bodied spirit will tell you that it was made to be savored on its own or combined with other spirits for delicious cocktails. The whiskey has a smooth and creamy character that’s highly balanced by notes of apple, pear and spice, making it perfect for sipping or mixing into your favorite drinks.
This single pot still whiskey is produced in the style of Jameson.
Redbreast 12 Year Old is a single pot still whiskey, meaning that it’s made from a blend of malted and unmalted barley. The distillery uses six copper pot stills to produce this particular blend, which produces a unique flavor that’s often compared to Jameson–another Irish whiskey with similar origins.
Redbreast 12 Year Old is produced in the style of Jameson, but there are some differences between the two. For starters, Redbreast 12 doesn’t have an age statement on its label like its counterparts do; instead it simply reads “aged” (hence why we call it an “aged” whiskey). And while both whiskeys come from Ireland and use similar production methods, Redbreast tends to be lighter in color than many other single malt whiskeys because it hasn’t spent as much time aging in barrels before bottling (more on this later).
Redbreast 12 carries a rich, full-bodied flavor that’s perfect for sipping and mixing.
Redbreast 12 carries a rich, full-bodied flavor that’s perfect for sipping and mixing. It can be enjoyed straight up with just a touch of water to release its full flavor. Or you can use it in cocktails like this one:
- 2 oz Redbreast 12 Year Old Irish Whiskey
- 2 oz Sweet Vermouth (Rocco DiSpirito recommends Dolin Rouge)
- 1/4 oz Dry Vermouth (Rocco DiSpirito recommends Carpano Antica Formula)
Shake everything together with ice; strain into an old fashioned glass filled with fresh ice cubes; garnish with an orange twist.
The whiskey has a smooth and creamy character that’s highly balanced.
The whiskey has a smooth and creamy character that’s highly balanced. It’s best savored straight, with just a touch of water to release its full flavor.
This whiskey is best savored straight with just a touch of water to release its full flavor
The best way to enjoy Redbreast 12 Year Old is neat, with just a splash of water. The whiskey will open up and reveal its full flavor when it’s allowed to breathe in the air for a few moments before you drink it. Alternatively, you can add ice cubes if you prefer your whiskey chilled.
The Redbreast 12 Year Old should be served at room temperature; do not chill this whiskey or serve it over ice–it will lose much of its character!
Redbreast 12 is a whiskey that can be enjoyed on its own or mixed with other spirits. It has a smooth and creamy character that’s highly balanced, making it perfect for sipping straight or in cocktails.