The first Midleton Very Rare bottling was released in 1984 and a new vintage is released every year.
he individual nature of the selection process means that each year’s vintage provides its own unique character. The Midleton Very Rare range is not blended like any other whiskey. The uncompromising ritual and expertise of the Master Distiller leads to subtle but recognisable differences between the years.
Prized amongst whiskey appreciators, there are very few collections of all vintages since the first release in existence.
There is the light delicate scent of rose water which, on closer inspection, develops into a rich vanilla and honey sweetness. This goes to compliment a succulent body of baked apples, melon and a touch of dried fruit. The fine hint of charred oak and subtle pot still spices give the aroma wonderful balance.
The initial sip has a very satisfying mouth coating effect. The sweet vanilla notes line the tongue before the crispness of the pot still spices, black pepper, cinnamon and cloves combined with green apples and unripe pears, all contribute to the complexity of flavour.
In the finish, as the flavours subside, there is an exquisitely mellow reminder of the charred American Oak used for the many years of maturation.