From the giant Midleton distillery comes one of the true marvels of Irish whiskey making, the Very Rare. Created by Master Distiller Barry Crockett in 1984 and now carried on by the current Midleton Master Distiller, Kevin O’Gorman.

The notion being that once a year, the master distiller, picks some of the best spirits at Midleton for a special blend, the Very Rare.

Maturation is done in ex bourbon (American) oak and it is claimed that the spirit, which is both malt and grain, with probably some unmalted barley as well, is aged between 12 and 25 years.

From GreatDrams, “The palate is brimming with rich cream, caramel and crisp orchard fruits. Citrus fruits, particularly oranges, are strong and go well with the sugary notes. Oak wood brings everything together with a typical Irish whiskey spice. The finish is bold and full of fruit flavours, particularly s and oranges”.

Official notes read, “Caramelised red apples and orange zest with luscious, sweet, and decadent waves of crème brûlée that seamlessly intertwine with the pot still spices and cereal undertones, creating an intriguing and wonderful medley of fruits and spices. Rich and lasting finish in which the grain and pot still spices are the first to softly fade allowing the oak, after years of carefully maturing the spirit, to have the final say”.