The nose is really...Irish. It opens with that sort of muted grain that's familiar from all those Midleton whiskeys. If you keep sniffing, you start to get maltier notes and even some brine. On the palate, it opens with similar grainy notes which yield to a really floral profile, like a meadow full of wildflowers, and those notes follow into the finish. There are also some bitter notes and some pure alcohol notes. Water brings out a bit of acid.
If you are one of those folks who loves Redbreast, you will love this more, but the overall flavor profile is about the same as the regular Redbreast. For my part, I think that like regular Redbreast, the cask strength version is perfectly good but in no way great. Of course, I know I'm in the distinct minority on this (as with just about everything it seems) but I just don't find this whiskey that substantial in terms of flavor, and in the end, it doesn't seem to add much to regular Redbreast other than more alcohol.
N: Thin-ish nose that is a little doughy - sugar cookies come to mind. Lightly piney, white pepper and pears lead on the nose. A touch of cinnamon against the honey sweetness that's a base for everything. Water brings up more oiliness and slight tar and it becomes faintly floral on top.
P: Rich and oily, faintly sour with an extremely faint tarry note. Honey and white pepper with a dab of chili oil to heat things up. Some maltiness and grain at the base of it. Again, water adds some floral notes, but really eliminates the complexity and makes it less interesting to me.
F: Warm initially, with the oiliness and some pine notes leading. Some wood shows up as it lingers and dries slightly. Long and warm finish.
Unsurprising oily palate which I've gotten on other Redbreast tastings. Better than most Irish whiskies that I've had and worth a try, but it's not a must-have.
Medium golden color. Funky wood, dirt, some grains, pine needles and fresh water on the palate. The nose carries over into the palate, with lots of oak and some vanilla. It has a nice initial burst of flavors, but is a tad bitter. Good draw. Batch B1/12 (58.6%). [8/17/13]