Midleton Very Rare releases 39th Vintage expression

Midleton Very Rare releases 39th Vintage expression

The release is master distiller Kevin O’Gorman second Vintage

News 02 Mar 2022

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Irish Distillers has released the second Midleton Very Rare annual Vintage in master distiller Kevin O’Gorman’s time. 2022 Vintage Release is the 39th edition in this collectible range of luxury Irish whiskeys.

Drawing heavily on stock housed in Midleton’s traditional stone warehouse known as ‘A2’, which dates back to the 1860s, this blend of single pot still and single grain whiskeys features spirit aged between 12 and 33 years matured in lightly charred first-fill and refill ex-bourbon barrels.

“As with any Midleton Very Rare Vintage, we start the search for our perfect components many months in advance, in a bid to create the luxurious, balanced aroma and taste profile for which this annual release is renowned,” explained O’Gorman. “Drawing predominantly from our historic A2 warehouse, we have selected a blend of whiskeys that work together beautifully – from superb grain whiskeys dating back to 1989, with beautiful floral and rosewater notes, to some truly wonderful pot still whiskeys from 2009 that offer a delightful fruit element with citrus.”

O’Gorman further described the expression as “a stunning whiskey bursting with notes of fruit and citrus; a palate of caramelised red apples and orange zest with luscious, sweet, decadent waves of crème brûlée; and...a rich and lasting finish.”

Blender, Deirdre O’Carroll, added, “Our annual Midleton Very Rare vintage is not only a unique opportunity to re-nose some of the very finest whiskeys in our inventory, but also to consider which distillates and casks we should place into warehouse A2 for our forward planning. This is an extremely enjoyable experience, knowing that some of these casks that we’ve put aside may be selected as part of a vintage many years from now.”

Bottled from a single vatting in January 2022, Midleton Very Rare 2022 Vintage Release (40% ABV), already for sale in Ireland, will become available over the coming months in the USA, Canada, Global Travel Retail, Europe, Australia, and Asia (RRP €200).
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