Concerning the Midleton Barry Crocket Legacy bottling released years ago, a promotional video on the various Midleton releases claimed that it “must be the ultimate expression of the art,” namely, the single pot still style of Ireland. Another marketing claim? I will say that I do not think it is. In fact, I think they are right. Midleton is the only distillery currently producing single pot still style, and their yearly Midleton releases are their very finest selections. Our review today doesn’t concern the Barry Crocket Legacy bottling, but of the yearly “Very Rare” edition. And if the standards are not as high as they are for “Legacy,” they are certainly high enough given the price tag and provenance of the Very Rare line. Let’s get to the particulars….
Midleton Very Rare (2013 Vintage) is a pot still heavy blend of Midleton stock comprised of whiskies ranging from 12 to 25 years old. Fewer than 50 casks are bottled every year. Once the master distiller has chosen his casks for bottling, all elements are vatted together and finished briefly in virgin oak, that is, oak that has not been previously filled with bourbon, for extra flavor pop and development. As is common with many Irish whiskies, Midleton Very Rare is distilled three times. The pot still portion is a mix on un-malted and malted barley, which, consequently, is best distilled three times to get the most out of the un-malted portion. Expectations are enormous for this, as damn well they should be for a $170.00 bottle of whiskey. On to it…
SWC Group Review
Nose- A very quiet, strange start, but with time grows with complexity. Vanilla cream, spicy cinnamon apples, and confectionary notes abound. Dried fruit, nutmeg, applesauce, ginger. Pencil shavings. Buttered toast. Full and lively with time.
Taste- Oily. Creamy sweet, fruit cocktail. Spice cabinet with baked apples. Savory with citrus sour feel. Incredible.
Finish – Long and full. A lingering rehash of the taste.
Comment- Clumsy at first, but with time our curiosity is rewarded with a very unique flavor experience. Fills out nicely to a full bodied, wonderful Irish whiskey. Recommended if you have the coin and perhaps a bit of an acquired taste.
SWC Rating – 88/100
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