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Issue 143 - Irish Whisky Rising

Whisky Magazine Issue 143
June 2017


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Irish Whisky Rising

Midleton on the march

Irish whiskey has yet to be represented in the WMI's top 25 rankings, but older bottlings of Midleton are making inroads and it is slowly climbing up the chart. The Midleton Very Rare series are the most regular bottlings to appear, which run forward continuously from 1984 to the present day, signed by master distiller Barry Crockett until 2013 and Brian Nation thereafter. Midleton Very Rare 1987 made £1,100 at Whisky Online Auctions in March, topping their sale of £925 for a bottle of Midleton Very Rare 1986 in January. Just Whisky sold a bottle of Midleton Master Distiller's Private Collection 30 Years Old 1973 for £2,100 in March. Scotch Whisky Auction's 71st auction presented Midleton 26 Years Old 175th Anniversary of the Old Midleton Distillery for £1,050 and a bottle of Midleton 25 Years Old distilled in 1973 at the old distillery fetched £960. Keep an eye out for bottlings of Midleton Master Distillers' Selection The Housewarming bottled to mark the changeover from Crockett to Nation in 2013, containing whiskies from 1981 and 1984 and can sell for £300–400, a similar endeavour to the cask strength Midleton 30th Anniversary Pearl Edition that sells for upwards of £5,000. As more people choose to drink Irish whiskey, more enthusiasts will want to go back and try glories from the past.

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