Midleton Very Rare Whiskey 2020
is the latest addition to the Midleton Very Rare collection, this is the 37th installement which was started by Midleton legend Barry Crockett. Brian Nation was only the second distiller to continue the legacy this bottling being his last. From 2021, the responsibility of this premium Irish Whiskey series will sit with recently appointed Kevin O’Gorman – having worked at Midleton since 1998 and acting as Master of Maturation since 2007. Midleton Very Rare 2020 is bottled at 40% ABV. An annual selection since 1984 and thus, very collectable, each bottle is individually numbered and bears the signature of the Master Distiller as a final guarantee of outstanding quality.
Midleton Very Rare Whiskey 2020 has a taste of initial burst of tangy fruit sweetness 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. Its nose has initial top notes of cane sugar and vanilla intertwined with pepper and nutmeg spices, complimented 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 the finest oak casks. With a satisfyingly long finish with the fruits slowly fading, allowing the oak and spices to linger until the very end.