Midleton has announced the release of its Very Rare 2020 Vintage. It will be the 37th edition of the world renowned Irish Whiskey from the iconic Co Cork distillery, and the final one chosen by former Master Distiller Brian Nation.
Chosen from the most exceptional quality single pot still and single grain Irish Whiskeys laid down over the past four decades in Midleton, Co Cork, Midleton Very Rare 2020 is aged from 13 to 35 years in lightly charred ex-bourbon American oak barrels.
For his final vintage, Brian Nation selected a higher pot still inclusion than in some of his previous vintages, while also increasing the use of refill barrels among his choice of casks. The result is a luxurious and balanced Whiskey with rich pot still notes and elegant grain distillates that take centre stage thanks to the inclusion of refill casks – a fitting legacy for one of Irish Whiskey’s great Master Distillers.
On the nose, initial top notes of cane sugar and vanilla intertwine with pepper and nutmeg spices, complemented by sweet orchard fruits and white chocolate fudge all layered over polished antique wood notes, showcasing an intriguing balance between spirit and wood thanks to the complex interaction from the many years spent in oak casks.
The palate features an initial burst of orange peel and sweet pear creating a succulent texture, while the pot still spices build overtime adding a mild prickle of chilli oil. The presence of the charred oak remains constant in the background adding balance to the fruits and spices.
The finish is noted for being satisfyingly long with the fruits slowly fading, allowing the oak and spices to linger until the very end.
“A great whiskey is more than just a liquid. Its story is one of transformation of grains to complex liquid; it is also one which draws from history. The story is one of people: the craftsmen who create ﬁne whiskey which is enjoyed and shared around the world. It is a story of flavour. Midleton Very Rare can say all of this — and more,” notes Dave Broom.
Those interested can now place their orders for the Midleton Very Rare 2020 Vintage via the brand’s official website. Shipments of orders will begin on October 26, 2020.