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.
A delicate introduction of sweet mandarin orange citrus with green banana and vanilla. The light herbal notes develop until the typical pot still spices, including cardamom, nutmeg and peppers, show the signature Midleton style. Whilst a touch of cedarwood and charred American oak add to the complexity.
The smooth initial mouth coating is initially sweet with vanilla and red apple, before the more robust spices, cinnamon and clove with a slice of root ginger, show their presence. There is a polished antique wood contribution from the barrels alongside some light tannins and charred oak.
The finish is extra long as the spices subside giving way to green fruit and stalks of barley.