The Midleton Very Rare Vintage Release 2017
marks a redesign for the brand, featuring a unique bottle design shape and presentation box that further completes the overall Midleton Rare experience and better reflects the quality and rarity of the whiskey inside. The elegant bottle takes inspiration from a writer’s ink well and a soft dip in the shoulder echoes the nib of a pen, creating a subtle link to Ireland’s literary legacy.
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 Vintage Release 2017 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.
‘The 2017 cask selection includes some 32-year-old Midleton grain whiskey, which will contribute the lighter floral perfume notes, along with some citrus fruit.
‘A 26-year-old single pot still whiskey has also been selected, which delivers a wide spectrum of typical spice character, such as sweet cinnamon and clove.’
Speaking about Midleton Very Rare Vintage Release 2017, Master Distiller, Brian Nation commented: “It has been a privilege for me to continue the legacy of Midleton Very Rare that Barry Crockett started in 1984. Midleton Very Rare is rightfully regarded as the pinnacle of Irish whiskey with each vintage cherished by collectors and whiskey enthusiasts all over the world. Due to the handcrafted nature of this whiskey, there are slight variances in taste from year to year which add to the special nature of this whiskey. The 2017 cask selection includes some 32-year-old Midleton Grain Whiskey which will contribute the lighter floral perfume notes along with some citrus fruit. A 26-year-old Single Pot Still whiskey has also been selected, which delivers a wide spectrum of typical spice character, such as sweet cinnamon and clove.”
A delicate introduction of Sweet Mandarin Orange Citrus with Green Banana and Vanilla. The light Herbal notes develop until the typical Pot Still Spices, including Cardamom, Nutmeg and Peppers, show the signature Midleton style. Whilst a touch of Cedarwood and Charred American Oak add to the complexity.
The smooth initial mouthcoating is initially sweet with Vanilla and red Apple, before the more robust spices, Cinnamon and Clove with a slice of Root Ginger, show their presence. There is a polished Antique Wood contribution from the Barrels alongside some light Tannins and Charred Oak.
The finish is extra long as the spices subside giving way to Green Fruit and Stalks of Barley.
The Midleton Very Rare Vintage Release 2017 edition has a new bottle and a new presentation box.
The new bottle will initially be available in the US, Canada, Ireland and Ireland travel retail, rolling out to other markets, including the UK, from April 2018. In the meantime, these other markets, including our site, will have the 2017 edition in the old packaging.