Irish Distillers have released the 38th iteration of its annual renowned and highly collectible whiskey, the Midleton Very Rare expression
Normally released in the autumn each year, the whiskey release was pushed forward to February to honour its recently appointed master distiller Kevin O’Gorman. Taking over from Brian Nation last June, O’Gorman spent several months exploring the finest casks at his disposal as he sought to put his own stamp on the range.
Midleton Very Rare is designed to represent the pinnacle of Irish whiskey. It features a blend of fine and rare single pot still and single grain whiskeys from the Midleton inventory.
The Irish whiskey is a blend of single pot still and single grain Irish whiskeys aged between 15 and 36 years, and matured in lightly charred ex-Bourbon American oak barrels.
“It is a great honour to become the custodian of this extraordinary Irish whiskey family and to have my signature adorn our 2021 vintage,” said O’Gorman. “The journey to launching this vintage began almost 40 years ago. Continuing the work of my predecessors was both a daunting and extremely enjoyable process that allowed me to explore some of our rarest casks and create an exceptional blend that sits seamlessly within the family.
“I am particularly proud to have been able to include distillate that was laid down in 1984, the year the collection was first conceived by Master Distiller Emeritus Barry Crockett, from who I have learned so much.
Bottled at 40% abv, the 2021 expression includes tasting notes of baked orchard fruits, lime zest, kiwi, mild pot still spices, and vanilla. O’Gorman chose both first-fill and second-fill casks to create the 2021 whiskey and used a higher amount of grain whiskeys for the blend.
Midleton Very Rare 2021 will be rolled out to the UK, the US, global travel retail, Australia, Germany, France, and Canada in the next few months.
For more information, go to midletonveryrare.com