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Red Breast 12 year old Cask Strength

"Just when I think I am out, they pull me back in".  That quote from The Godfather III sums up my mixed emotions about cask strength whiskies.    I even drafted a blog entry on cask strength whiskies that I will now have to completely re-write based on this expression.  The one is a gem, with a nose that has cirtus peel, furniture polish and even milk chocolate.  There is also some alcohol at this ABV (57.7%) but it doesn't overpower the tremendous citrus fruit notes.  The taste has a hit of alcohol heat then that fades away to reveal caramel and just oozes complexity.  It even made me think of a childhood favorite treat, Butterscotch Angel Delight.  I am halfway through the bottle as I write these notes and I get something different everytime in the palate, including some cocoa notes from the nose and with water I got a fresh green apple taste.  The finish is a spice-fest, with cinnamon and cloves and then comes tobacco and the ever present cocoa in the long, dry finish (hints of the sherry casks perhaps) and a puckering finish due to alcohol.  Not overly oaky until water is added then some additonal bite in the finish can be tasted.  Fruits, spices and a whallop of alcohol.... who could ask for anything more from a whiskey?  This not your typical triple distilled Irish blend.  Approach with caution... but definately approach.

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  • Country of Origin: Ireland
  • Type: Pot Still
  • In '101 Whiskies to Try Before you Die': No
  • In '101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die': Indeed

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