1 x 40ml –
This whiskey, first laid down in 1969 had just two surviving barrels. This is due largely to the evaporation spirit over the course of time. A yield of only 400 bottles followed 30 years of maturation in cask. This whiskey has very traditional, strongly flavoured attributes indigenous of the old Midleton distillery.
|Combination of Malted and Unmalted Barley from the Old Midleton Distillery
|Types of Barrel used for Aging
|Sherry and Bourbon Casks
|To be enjoyed neat, or with just a little water
|Barry Walsh (Ex IDL Chief Blender), 4th November, 1998.
|‘On tasting the spirit, one is immediately aware that this whiskey is different – 30 years in wood has ensured that. There is a full bodied assault on the palate by clean, crisp, spicy, leathery, even fruity pot still notes – robust yes, but not overly so. One of the hall mark characteristics of great age in a whiskey is clearly evident – a pleasing dryish, gentle woodiness. No one flavour dominates; after 30 years in cask they have ironed out their differences and work together to achieve the other characteristic of a great old whiskey – complexity of taste, which, in this whiskey, is truly unique – there is no short cut to acquiring the particular complexity and the delicate mellow nuances of a 30 year old spirit. Only 400 hundred bottles remain of what was always recognised as a great whiskey at 15 years old. Now, after 30 years, this Midleton is an unsurpassed example of the wonderful taste of very old pure pot still Irish whiskey – truly one of the great and rarest whiskeys of the world.’