Midleton Very Rare, 1984 Release /40%/
Midleton Very Rare, introduced as part of Duty Free range in 1984, was the first Irish blended whiskey in super-premium category. The whiskey was created by master distiller Barry Crockett, who for the initial edition selected only 32 casks, predominantly from the Old Midleton Distillery, which stopped production in 1975. Middleton Very Rare is a single pot still heavy blend with very little grain content, aged predominantly in fresh ex-bourbon casks with very little addition of ex-sherry casks. Nowadays, the first edition is one of the most collectibles Irish whiskeys; it carries tremendous historical value as well. The components came from the distillery, which ceased distillation more than 35 years ago and currently is as a museum and functions as Jameson Experience.
Nose: very soft, honey, vanilla cream, butterscotch, ripe apples, oranges, tangerines, honeydew melon, dash of white pepper, traces of beeswax and polished oak.
Palate: very fruity, apples, oranges, mango, pineapple, peaches, butterscotch, vanilla, banana bread, cloves, lemon grass, candied ginger and oak.
Finish: pretty long with notes of tropical fruits, vanilla, honey, cinnamon, clove, hints of ginger and oak.