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Introducing a rare symphonic masterpiece of whiskey craftsmanship and luxury, an exceptionally small batch release which marries the pinnacle of Irish whiskey with the world’s finest oak from the forest of Tronçais in France—Midleton Very Rare Forêt de Tronçais.
While many know the prestige and rarity which surrounds the Midleton Very Rare brand and its whiskey, the Taransaud cooperage would be new to some. This cooperage, which began making barrels back in 1932, is a long-standing purveyor of excellence and home to some of the most luxurious and rare casks—the T5 casks. Not only do its roots extend back nearly 100 years, but documents also show that a member of the Taransaud family was a cooper by trade as far back as 1652. This commitment to the trade and passion for the work they do is shown through the calibre of barrels created in the cooperage.
The only worthy accompaniment to barrels of this grandeur is a blend of Midleton Very Rare whiskies, specially selected and surveyed by Midleton Very Rare Master Distiller Kevin O’Gorman. The chosen whiskey blend, a bespoke batch of very special Midleton single grain and single pot still whiskeys matured from the 1980s to 2000s in American bourbon barrels, was placed in T5 casks to finish for three years before being bottled and shared with you now.
What makes the T5 casks known as ‘magic casks’ is the use of wood from the Forêt de Tronçais. The oak’s unique qualities make it the perfect choice for the Taransaud cask-makers, as it has fewer knots, a fine grain and it’s even easy on the eye, the pinkish colour of the wood beneath the grey bark helping to distinguish it from its woodland relatives. It’s no surprise that Midleton Distillery has collaborated with the coopers of Taransaud, as the pair share the same values and vision.
To celebrate the essence of Midleton Very Rare Forêt de Tronçais, the whiskey is presented in an exclusively designed bottle and cabinet with handcrafted intricate details. The bottle colour is inspired by the Midleton duck egg blue colour which features on the orchid in the Midleton logo. The cabinet, created by Manufacture Jacquemin, a third-generation traditional woodcrafts business based in the Jura Mountains in Eastern France, is made from fine oak from the Tronçais forest and features laser-cut illustrations that pay homage to the enchanting French woodland and its role in this whiskey’s unique story.
This is a rare symphony of taste, expertise, and spectacle, and the perfect addition to any whiskey collector or connoisseur who is seeking only the rarest and most luxurious whiskies for their collection. This extremely limited release is now available to purchase by clicking the link below.