Whiskey Name: Midleton Very Rare Single Cask #34834 (1998) – James Fox
Distillery: Midleton Distillery
Age: 22 yr old
Type: Single Pot Still
Price: €995 rrp but €795 up to 08/11/20
Release Date: Now
This exclusive single pot still Irish whiskey was laid down in April 1998 at the celebrated Midleton Distillery. Aged in a single first fill ex-bourbon cask, selected by James J. Fox and former Master Distiller Brian Nation, this exceptional whiskey matured for 22 years and bottled at cask strength (54.9%) with a yield of only 162 bottles, with no chill filtration used. Balancing pot still spices with subtle zesty undertones, this exquisite 22-year-old proudly bears the Midleton Very Rare name – the pinnacle of Irish whiskey.
Initial notes of rich smouldering oak, dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans with spices of anise giving liquorice tones along with nutmeg and cinnamon. Delicate fruit notes slowly emerge adding a light zesty character creating further depth and complexity.
Robust pot still spices at the fore that slowly subside revealing a sweet and silky mouthcoating texture with hints of toffee fudge and vanilla along with subtle fruit undertones adding notes of zesty lime and mandarin.
Rich and lasting with the spices eventually fading allowing the oak and sweet fruits to linger until the very end.