Ultimate Beverage Challenge 93 points - Toasted earth and pomegranate open the nose followed by subtle vestiges of dusty plum and sprouted grain. Viscous with a ripe fruit flavor reminiscent of banana and plum. Brown sugar shows on the finish with a welcome, yet subtle, earthiness. (Apr 2014)
Distilled three times by John Jameson and Son, the whiskey is carefully aged in individually chosen oak casks. Midleton Very Rare is only available in strictly limited quantities as just a small number of casks of the finest distillates are personally selected by the Master Distiller each year. It is reserved for the appreciation of only the most discerning judges of fine whiskeys. Each bottle is individually numbered and each label signed by the Master Distiller at the Midleton Distillery as a final guarantee of outstanding quality.
Midleton Very Rare, a magnificent blend of the finest distillates hand-picked by the Master Distiller, Barry Crockett, is one of Ireland's most exclusive whiskeys. Whiskeys from the old Midleton distillery have always been acknowledged as special. Thus, this top Irish whiskey takes its name from the east Cork distillery town.
This whiskey is aged between 12 and 25 years, and is matured exclusively in seasoned Bourbon barrels. Midleton Very Rare was launched in 1984 to celebrate the whiskeys of the Midleton distillery, and a new vintage has been released every year since then. Each bottle carries its own individual number and the signature of our Master Distiller. This annual release of a new vintage is a departure for the whiskeys of Irish Distillers where consistency from year to year is highly valued. The individual nature of the selection process for each vintage of Midleton Very Rare means that each year's vintage provides its own character. Prized among collectors, we know of very few collections of all vintages since the first in 1984.
Winner of Gold at the 2005 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.