“The most complex Irish whiskies I’ve tried to date…”
Midleton Very Rare Barry Crockett Legacy Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
New for 2023.
From one of the largest distilleries in Europe, Midleton of Cork, comes this exquisite and classic Irish whiskey. Possibly seen as a sibling to the famed vintage dated Very Rare, the Crockett Legacy is made up from a number of pot still whiskey’s that came out of the Midleton distillery.
Matured in American oak and as with most classic Irish styles, the mash is made up of malted and unmalted barely. And then it is triple distilled in a pot still.
And that timber gift case is a real treat.
From WhiskyAnalysis, “Palate: Leads off with honey, caramel and vanilla. Loads of fruit (over-ripened, gooey fruits in particular – almost stewed). The citrus has picked up significantly (grapefruit). Creamed wheat. Some unusual earthy notes, like dried leaves and tobacco. Some cinnamon and cloves, plus ginger. Very complex for an Irish whiskey. Syrupy mouthfeel, you want to hold in your mouth for a long time to experience the flavours. More ethanol burn than typical for the class and ABV. Slight bitterness creeps in at the end. Water seems to accentuate the tongue tingle a little, but helps with the bitterness.
Finish: Medium long (for an Irish whiskey). Creamed wheat sensation holds the longest, along with some light toffee and vanilla. Fruits fade in and out (winds up being a bit Juicy Fruit gum-like). Well balanced, with a good mix of sweetness and astringency.
Comment: “I can see why Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy is so highly ranked – it is one of the most complex Irish whiskies I’ve tried to date”.
Official notes read, “Light pepper carries onto fresh citrus, limes and mandarin orange sweetness. A hint of cinnamon with vanilla and oak reveals its years spent in American oak. The full spectrum of ﬂavours lasts well into the ﬁnish, slowly fading to expose the clean American oak foundation”.