Only two Master Distillers have had the privilege of preserving the legacy of the world’s most sought-after Irish Whiskey, Barry Crockett and Brian Nation. Created in 1984 by Master Distiller Emeritus Barry Crockett, Midleton Very Rare is the ultimate expression of his art and expertise. Once a year, Master Distiller, Brian Nation honours Barry’s vision by handpicking only the finest and rarest whiskeys from the Midleton Distillery warehouses and carefully blends them to create each annual vintage of Midleton Very Rare. Each bottle is individually numbered and signed by the Master Distiller, the mark of a true whiskey masterpiece. Midleton Very Rare is consistently awarded the highest honours at the world’s most respected whisky awards.
Wine AdvocateThis has a superb nose, comparable to Doisy-Daene, perhaps unusually with an even greater sense of minerality and delineation. White flowers, a touch of honey, peach and apricot. The palate is just superb, probably the best Doisy-V?drines I have tasted out of barrel with a greater sense of poise and definition than previous vintages. Lots of botrytized fruit, lemon zest, barleysugar, honey, a touch of marmalade towards the finish. Great length. Outstanding. Drink 2015-2045. Tasted April 2008.
Malt AdvocateThis year’s liquid missive from head distiller Brian Nation has a nose of caramel, macaroons, and beeswax with green, grassy notes. The first sip evokes barley sugar, which grows into a citrus glow, nourished by some green oak and a little white pepper. It has lovely poise this year, effortlessly lighter on the tongue than the 2015 or 2014 creations. The conclusion is slightly nutty with soothing oak. Reviewed by: Jonny McCormick (Spring 2017)
Wine EnthusiastTOP 100 SPIRITS OF 2017 - Complex, robust, and hard to put down, this sipper offers big, buttery, toasty flavor. Look for creme brulee and custard, caramel apple and brioche rounding into a gently spiced finish. Limited production.