In 1984 Barry Crockett saw an opportunity to bring together the very best of the magic of Midleton Distillery to create a whiskey like no other. The finest raw materials, the most advanced techniques, a dedicated team of craftspeople – an orchestra in perfect harmony.
Each bottle is individually numbered and signed by the Master Distiller, the mark of a true whiskey masterpiece. Midleton Very Rare is consistently awarded the highest honours at the world’s most respected whisky awards.
Today, Master Distiller Kevin O’Gorman has taken on the mantle of continuing this great legacy, with the 2021 release marking his first vintage at the helm of Midleton Distillery.
Opens with a delicate floral perfume closely followed by roasted coffee beans, salted caramel and honeycomb coming to the fore. Hints of nectarines that linger in the background evolve over time along with freshly grated ginger and nutmeg spice. The American oak provides structure throughout, ranging in depth from fresh woodland notes to aged charred oak.
Baked orchard fruits with a touch of lime zest and kiwi. Mild pot still spices continue to build along with soft waves of vanilla, sweet coffee liqueur and cocoa powder. The texture initially round and full, gains additional wood spices with a delicate touch of clove oil and nutmeg adding a mild heat, giving balance to the sweetness.
Lingering finish with the pot still spices and soft fruits eventually fading, allowing the oak to have the final say, highlighting the many years of maturation.
“A great whiskey is more than just a liquid. Its story is one of transformation of grains to complex liquid; it is also one which draws from history. The story is one of people: the craftsmen who create ﬁne whiskey which is enjoyed and shared around the world. It is a story of flavour. Midleton Very Rare can say all of this — and more.”
Created in 1984 and released annually since then, Midleton Very Rare is one of the most exclusive and sought after Irish whiskeys.
Once a year our Master Distiller hand selects only the finest and rarest whiskeys available to him and then carefully blends them to create each annual vintage of Midleton Very Rare Vintage Release. Only a limited number of bottles of this unique Irish whiskey vintage are released each year. Become part of the Midleton Very Rare legacy by recording your individually numbered bottle of Midleton Very Rare vintage release using the form below:
Your entry will be added to the ledger at the distillery, which you can visit at any time.