Midleton Very Rare is super premium Irish blended whiskey released annually in limited quantities (usually from 600 to 1000 cases).
It was introduced in 1984 and the early bottlings contained spirit distilled in the original Old Midleton Distillery, which ceased operations in 1975. The whisky doesn’t carry age statement but we were told that no component younger than 12 years is being used in any batch. The 2018 release presented here is a blend of single pot still and single grain whiskeys aged in lightly charred American oak barrels from 12 to 28 years. Since 2014 the man in charge for barrel selection is Brian Nation, who was appointed to master distiller’s post following retirement of the legendary Barry Crockett.
Producer’s tasting note:
Nose: vanilla sweetness with a light floral perfume; some citrus zest combines with fresh herbs and sweet spices complimented by a touch of black pepper and charred oak.
Palate: mouth-coating sweetness of vanilla, cinnamon and clove, enriched with a hints of green apple and unripe banana; peppery pot still spices along with charred American oak add complexity.
Finish: soft sweet spices fade leisurely leaving the final say to the charred oak and barley grains.