The King of the Irish: Midleton Very Rare 2008

Midleton Very Rare is a blended Irish Whiskey and, coming from Midleton,  Think of it like the Johnny Walker Blue in the line up, only it tastes much, much, better than Johnny Blue does in my opinion. It has a high quantity of Single Pot Still whiskey in it which gives it a wonderful flavour and aroma that is complex yet approachable and thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. This particular bottle is from the 2008 batch. All whiskeys used are triple distilled and have been aged from 12 to 25 years in ex-Sherry or Bourbon casks.

Tasting Notes

Eye: Amber

Nose: Malty single pot still character explodes out of the glass stirring up notes of caramel, complex fruit, vanilla, honey, dark sweets, dried berries, whipped cream and fresh crepes. It’s lovely.

Palate: Malty pot still loveliness moves gracefully across the palate with complex notes of fruit and dark sweets keeping pace. Hints of dried berries, citrus peel and an earthy hay like undertone supply added dimension to an already complex flavor.

Finish: Long and malty with notes of wood, fruit and dark sweets that fade to a light grain whiskey profile.

Balance, Body & Feel: Great balance with a rich round body and oily texture.

Overall: I’m really enjoying this bottle of Midleton Very Rare. The high amount of single pot still in this bottle is readily apparent with the grain whiskey making small appearances here and there until the finish, but even then it comes across more like a well aged grain whiskey than it does a young spirity one. Overall it’s a lovely lovely dram and I can’t say enough good about it.


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