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Midleton Dair Ghaelach is the first Irish whiskey finished in virgin Irish oak hogsheads (for almost a year). Ten trees were harvested from Grinsell’s Wood within the Ballaghtobain Estate in County Kilkenny in April 2012. Unfortunately one had twisted grain, which made it below cooper-able quality, and the remaining 9 were transported to Spain, being cut into staves and air-dried for 15 months. They yielded total of 48 hogsheads, which were toasted for 48 hours and returned to Ireland to be filled with Midleton pot still whisky aged for 15 to 22 years in white American oak barrels. “Dair Ghaelach” means “Irish oak” in the Gaelic, an oak specie with higher levels of vanillin and less dense then American and Spanish oak. The tree numbers feature at the respective bottle labels.
Nose: very rich, lots of tropical fruits, pineapples, mangos and bananas, vanilla, honey, milk chocolate, cinnamon, allspice and toasted oak.
Palate: fruity, oaky and spicy, pineapples, ripe bananas, tangerines, vanilla, toffee, chocolate coated cherries, cinnamon, nutmeg, touch of aniseed and oak.
Finish: long and spicy with hints of fruit, cinnamon, licorice, ginger, vanilla and oak.