I personally think Redbreast is one of the worlds best whiskies but I suppose I am biased
Irish blends are better than most scotch blends also.
But I have to admit that Single Malt Scotch as a section of whisky is untouchable.
But, this old yanker been drinking whiskey before you youngsters found hashish and quaaludes!
Anyway I find it easy to compare scotch with irish with rye with japanese. Its either good first few tastes or its good 1/2 way through the bottle for the night.
Kinda like the old bull and the young bull on the hill looking at all the hiefers. The young bull says "Look at all the hiefers down there, lets run down and get us one. The old bull sez, no son " lets just walk down there and have 'em all!
Redbreast 15 was/is a classic, but Redbreast 12 beats most of the Highland scotches by a mile. Craggenmore can hold its own for the complexity and intrigue. Wish Redbreast 12 was available at a higher proof because you dont want to add water. Somewhere around 55 to 70 its outstanding.
Although not on the label Im sure everyone knows this is the heart of Jamesons blended whiskeys. I wish Powers would give us the pot still of their great whiskey, as Powers Gold Label used to be pure pot still and competition for the House of Jameson. Powers show us what your made of, Connemara is trying to compete.
There are plenty of fine 8 - 12yo Scottish malts, or indeed 15yo. Most have very little in common with the whiskey in question, Redbreast.
Redbreast whiskeys are to my taste palate perhaps the most enjoyable irish tipple, along with a few Bushmills releases. They are unquestionably Irish in their character, and I adore that orange marmalade flavour that hits late in the taste. The 15yo is a more powerful of the two and at 46% benefits from added water in my opinion, allowing it to properly open up on the palate.
As to the Scottish whisky, fine 12yo malts to my liking include Balvenie, Highland Park, Lagavulin, Caol Ila, Glenfarclas..the list goes on. Needless to say, I am happy to enjoy both fine Irish whiskeys and Scottish whiskies!
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