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Redbreast 21 vs Redbreast 27: Head to Head!

Discover the differences between Redbreast 21 vs Redbreast 27 in this in-depth comparison and decide which Irish Whiskey is better for You!

Redbreast 21

NoseRipe fruit, roasted nuts, dried fruit
PalateVanilla, oak, nutty, baking spice
FinishLong, oak, baking spice
Alcohol content92 proof (46% ABV)
How to drinkNeat
Similar toRoyal Salute 21, Redbreast 15

The 21 YO is aged using a combination of e-bourbon American oak casks and European oak casks that were previously used to mature Spanish Oloroso sherry and bottled without the use of chill filtration.

The nose is remarkably good as it hits hard with ripe tropical fruits, followed by dried fruit and roasted nuts.

On the palate, the 21 YO provides a supreme mouthfeel as it feels smooth and creamy. Flavor brings bourbon-like notes of vanilla and oak at first, followed by sherry nuttiness and a good hit of baking spice.

The finish lingers forever, with a pleasant hint of oak and baking spice.

This might be one of the finest whiskeys I have ever tried. Incredible from start to finish with no let downs.

The Redbreast 21 is better than most Scotch Whiskies at this price point and age range making something I entirely recommend.

Many people frown upon the idea of spending top-dollar for an Irish Whiskey but I can assure you it tastes better than most Scotch Whiskies at this price point and age range despite being Single Malts.

Yet the Redbreast 21 goes toe to toe with the Macallan Rare Cask which is priced several dollars above.

There are a few facts worth knowing about the Redbreast 21:

Made from malted and unmalted barley.

  • Named the Irish Whiskey of the Year by Whisky Advocate in 2016.
  • Named 2nd Finest Whiskey in the World by the Whiskey Bible in 2018 (Winner was E.H. Taylor).

Redbreast 27

NoseBaking spice, prunes, cherries, orange
PalateOak, dates, prunes, dried fruit, chocolate
FinishLong, oak, dried fruit
Alcohol content107 proof (53.5% ABV)
How to drinkNeat

The Redbreast 27 is the oldest sibling of this brand. This release has been aged in bourbon and sherry casks along ruby port casks which is the freshest and least complex of fortified wines, deep red in color and filled with sweet flavors of red fruit.

Additionally, the 27 YO is non chill-filtered and bottled at cask strength so expect variations in alcohol content from batch to batch.

The nose brings a large dose of baking spice, followed by prunes, cherries and a tad of orange peel.

On the palate, the 27 YO provides a super thick texture. First sip brings the warmth you expect from a cask strength release, but quite pleasant as it’s not burny or harsh.

Oak is present but it’s just a note and not the main flavor as in most whiskeys aged for this long although there is a bit of oak bitterness in the flavor. There are notes of dates, prunes, dried fruit and a good chocolate hit.

The finish is long and pleasantly warm, rich in oak, with a bit of oak spice bitterness to it and dried fruit.

This whiskey is incredibly crafted but it just doesn’t blow me away as the Redbreast 21 does. And when I pay top-dollar for a whiskey I’m expecting an earth shattering experience and the 27 YO doesn’t deliver the goods.

Redbreast 21 vs 27: Price comparison

Prices are approximate and stated in USD:

Redbreast 21$330
Redbreast 27$570

Redbreast 21 vs Redbreast 27: Which is better?

The 21 YO is the better

  • The Redbreast 27 is quite good and I feel grateful to have had the opportunity to try it. But I just didn’t love it.
  • Perhaps my expectations were too high after tasting the 21 YO but I simply didn’t find it to be as good.
  • The Redbreast 21 remains my favorite Irish Whiskey and one I recommend having over a very special occassion.

If you want to learn more about this brand read my post Discover the Best Redbreast Whiskey where I rank every bottle.