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Distillery Bottling
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L4 10531060
Added on
15 Sep 2014 6:55 pm by Hans-Ludwig

Average value

€ 1059.16

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Whisky Reviews for Midleton Very Rare

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.13 points

  1. Macheye scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Midleton Very Rare is entirely pleasant, light going and tasty. It displays some elegance and is inarguably easy drinking, but at the same time, would really benefit from both higher ABV and more pronounced intensity of flavour. It’s fruity, but not quite at the levels of ‘fruit bomb’ that you can find with some particularly high quality Irish whiskey (particularly those distilled in the 90’s that are surfacing nowadays). Good stuff, but crying out for a cask strength version.

    • Nose
      n inviting fusion of fruits, florals and aged notes. Pineapple, melon (cantaloupe), green apples, peaches, nectarines and coconuts makes for a fruity start as one might expect from a well-made Irish whiskey. Fruits are joined by delicate florals of lilies and violets and a smattering of wood aromas – teak, varnish and light aromats in the form of ginger. It’s quite sweet, all sitting on a bed of toffee and crème caramel, and whilst easy-going is rather alluring all the same.
    • Taste
      A reasonable mouthfeel, but still a touch thin for my liking at 40%. Less sweet than the nose, but still fairly fruity – tinned orchard fruits, mangoes, peaches are bolstered by some vanilla and an edge of minerality – akin to copper coins (a flavour I find quite common in pot still whiskeys) with a hint of sharp but concentrated citrus juice. Toffee still comes through and intermingles with some stronger roasted golden malt flavours. These bring a certain earthiness with them…not quite dunnage warehouse but heading in that general direction. Cask influence is on the down low but still brings with it some nutmeg and light white pepper.
    • Finish
      A touch short, but with a pleasant astringency which shows off both the fruity aspect as well as revealing some more grainy notes.

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Truth be told, I
    expected more of this. If you know that a bottle will set you back more than
    150 EUR… that is a bit too much to my taste. Somewhat overhyped, if you ask me.
    • Nose
      The nose is dark, if
      you know what I mean. Some crème brûlée and baked apples, but also stewed pears
      and some cereals with candied sugar. It also sports a floral side. Potpourri. All
      of this, however, is overpowered a bit by a truck load of toffee and vanilla. Sandalwood.
      Tasted blind I could have confused this with a bourbon or even a rum.
    • Taste
      It is creamy despite
      the light body. Again toffee and vanilla that drown out most of the fruit. Cashew
      nuts appear. Spicy on nutmeg and a pinch of pepper. The fruit really struggles
      to get past this. Do not ask me why, but I am suddenly reminded of ice cream.
    • Finish
      The finish is fairly
      long and allows the fruit to re-emerge.

  3. Hans-Ludwig scored this whisky 86 points Moderator

    The Midleton shows up in a reddish-golden color. From the glass blows a tender, fresh spring breeze. This breeze is characterized by citrus and orange notes, complemented by lemongrass aromas. Also notes of vanilla and grapes are included. The mild taste is defined by vanilla and caramel. The finish is long and warm, reviving the memory of the spring breeze.
    A very gentle, almost tender whiskey. A nice companion for a summer evening on the terrace.


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