Midleton 45 year old 1974 Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection Chapter One Whiskey
is the first release in Midleton’s Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection. It is a 45 year old peated Irish single malt (a process that was unheard of in its time and is still very rare in Irish Whiskey or in fact whiskey worldwide), matured in a third-fill sherry cask and bottled at cask strength. Produced in 1974 at the old Midleton distillery before it closed a year later, the cask was laid down by legendary master distiller Max Crockett (father of also legendary master distiller Barry Crockett). Even the presentation box it’s presented in is steeped in history, as it was crafted by Irish designer John Galvin using wood up to 200 years old from ancient reclaimed whiskey vats. Just 48 of these Waterford Crystal decanters were produced.
Full Tasting notes of Midleton 45 year old 1974 Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection Chapter One Whiskey by Midleton Master Distiller Brian Nation
Nose: The first impression is very rich with deep, dark spices on a satisfying antique oak base. An earthy note of freshly cut peat, along with chamois leather, is lifted by a twist of grapefruit. The very old sherry wine seasoned hogshead cask contributes a touch of ripe honeydew melon and red berries as well as the sweet spices of toasted oak.
Taste: Instantly rich with the initial peppery spices slowly softening as the influence of the malted barley shows through. Liquorice root, barley sugar and honey bring some sweetness, just given a little edge by a touch of sherbet. All build on a solid foundation of toasted oak.
Finish: The rich spices and malted barley are slow to fade.
Midleton 45 year old 1974 Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection Chapter One Whiskey is a collection of six releases. There will be one incredible whiskey launched every year until 2025, ranging in age from 45 to 50 years old. All originating from the fabled Old Midleton Distillery which operated between 1852 to 1975.