Midleton Dair Ghaelach Tree 9

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Pot Still
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Virgin Irish Oak Collection
Virgin Irish Oak Hogsheads Finish
Batch 01
Number of bottles
58.2 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
12 may 2015 10:19 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 480.50

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Whisky reviews for Midleton Dair Ghaelach Tree 9

20 users have left 22 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.83 points.

  1. A.S. Bak scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. nallacam scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. Izzino scored this whisky 98 points Connoisseur

    Most amazing cask strength whiskies in my list.

  4. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Class part, Single Pot Still in Fassstark. Is not it all days, only with the Redbreast 12 CS is always on the market.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. Albaron scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    An unusual whiskey, clearly an Irishman, he can not deny it, but unlike any other. Very strong, the nose was not great, but he made up for it in the mouth. Well integrated alcohol that blends perfectly with all the flavors. A big hassle that pays off, not cheap, but definitely worth it.

    Notes created in a blind tasting
    • Nose
      First very spicy and crisp, a lot of alcohol and sweets. It then subsides quickly and it comes a few fruits, actually indefinable, multivitamin, as some here thinks it is quite good. If he keeps breathing, he stays strong, but gets a dry herbal note. After a little rest, then again the candy sweets and finally also an appearance of an iris note. Everything very dense and concentrated and again and again an oily adhesive note.
    • Taste
      Clearly an iris note, this immature grain, then the sweetness, sometimes a bit like lemonade, at least that tingling. Then the herbs come from the nose around the corner. Very robust and strong.
    • Finish
      Here, too, the tannins, sweets and herbs remain present for a long time in addition to the cereal note.

  6. Thermidor scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    A sharp, faintly metallic nose with plenty of winegums. Some ripe fruit as well. The taste has some vibes of heavily sherried Loch Lomond, and water makes the winegums just stronger. Seems to need quite a lot of water on account of having an unusually sharp body. 

    Feels unbalanced and uneasy. Not my style at all.

    Tasted blind.

    I'm not surprised I blind scored it much lower than the average here after it was revealed to be a ~20yo whiskey manhandled with virgin oak. If first fill's the jester and refill's the king, virgin oak is the executioner.

  7. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The nose evokes the aromas of Redbreast 21 years, but with the volume at bottom! Very sweet, lots of fresh fruit, violet ... We find all these delicious things in the mouth with a lot of freshness! Fantastic ! And a touch of wood in the finale. Enthusiasm 5/5

  8. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    an exciting whiskey, especially with the background story. He's kind of a mix of Irish and Rye, at least in terms of mintiness. Tasty, but somehow I sometimes fight with this mixture. Especially since I'm not the big fan of "Irish" whiskey anyway.
    • Nose
      a lot of oak, spice, sweetness, bourbon notes, some glue. Much wood, could also come from America. More mint with water, more sweetness and he becomes more Irish, the normal bourbon notes recede.
    • Taste
      strong, but pleasant, a lot of oak, wood, menthol, mint, vanilla, some fruit, but rather discreet. With water it becomes very mild, sweet and a lot of oak.
    • Finish
      here very Irish, Potstill character, oak chips, slightly tart, mint.

  9. Dieter_W scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    What a crazy effort for this whiskey. The natural drying of the wood lasted for ages. What fascinates me about this whiskey? The constant interplay between the sticky sweet and a nice bitter woodiness. Well done . And that writes one who does not like sticky sweet whiskey. Blindtasting
    • Nose
      The nose: very nice, I like it very much Peach - apricot pineapple -Marzipan- something car polish
    • Taste
      very sweet, even sticky sweet, as if you suck on a 2 candy. In the background always this beautiful oak tone.
    • Finish
      medium-long and peppery

  10. ASWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    ranking: 1st exit, 2nd mouth and nose The dusty herbal notes are very special in front of the sweet background a very nice whiskey blindtasting
    • Nose
      pretty sweet, some sweetsweet, apple, a lot of vanilla, fresh wood, glue, tanine, dull kamphernote, meadow herbs - grandma's herbal tea (peppermint, sage, sharply) sweet apples and apricots
    • Taste
      sharp start, completely surprising feeling in the mouth, sweet apple of love, then it will be spicy on the tongue, intensive herbs and camphor, vanilla, again sweet, sweet remains, sweet apple, in the back sticky malty caramel and spicy herbs,
    • Finish
      long, malty, spicy, cask notes, sweet ripe apple, on the palate a tart bitterness, here you can taste good and pleasant the barrel

  11. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A certain resemblance to the cousins ​​of Redbreast can not be denied him. The pot still - spices are great, the fruit notes are discreet, but clearly noticeable. Good that the finish was done in Irish oak, you do not necessarily taste it out. But if that means that such a whiskey comes out, then those of Midleton should like to repeat that. Whatever they do, the next DG from the Bluebell Forest has already appeared in the first shops. wlk 17-11
    • Nose
      This can be a good while in the glass treat ... But then they come, the pot still - spices that are not easily dissolvable, but could perhaps be described as a mixture of pepper, coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, curry, cumin, bay leaves and cloves. With raisins, sultanas, dates and grated vanilla pods. It continues with old leather, the spices remain pleasantly tingling in the nose. Cooling menthol goes through. Dried plums, red grapes may also come, but before the nose becomes too fruity, it turns back towards spices and dried fruits.
    • Taste
      With the pot still spices it goes on directly on the tongue. The whiskey slides neatly over the tongue and directly dresses the whole mouth with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Also from the beginning, a large portion of oak, which ensures a pleasant dryness. Behind the spices and oak you can already guess a basket of exotic fruits. These take a while to work their way forward, but then turn into bananas, pineapples and apricots. Ginger is added and again old leather. In addition to the ginger come cacao notes and toffee cream candies, but always accompanied by a fine layer of spices.
    • Finish
      The ginger notes of the tongue, some banana and apricots, as well as still pot still - spices show up in the medium to long, dry finish.

  12. Noface83 scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    Nose: thickened multivitamin juice (the dark Nimm2), this typical Irish whiskey sweetness, vanilla, freshly sawn wood, caramelized sugar, apricot fruit, curry spices, the longer it is in the glass the drier, kräutriger and spicy woody it becomes Great part - you can scratch yourself! Taste: sharp (but not biting) onset, dried herbs, now has something of a mature bourbon with dry, bitter wood and vanilla, to the back again sweetness and fruits (glazed apple and passion fruit) Even in the long finish there is this intense interplay between exotic fruit and bitter oak and sawdust I like the tremendous and after the first impression that is a 90s candidate. Has something of a European bourbon for me ^ ^
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  13. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A surprising, very tasty drop! Fine!
    • Nose
      First an alcoholic start, a bit closed. After some time intense vanilla and caramel ... almost a bourbon nose with some Rye influence.
      In the background a certain fruit sweetness, something polish, something bitter. Pleasant blend of sweetness and spice.
    • Taste
      Sharp start! Surprisingly surprisingly fruity. Multivitamin juice, then vanilla and caramel. Tannins and spice afterwards, again polish and some herbs.
    • Finish
      Herb-spicy and fruity-sweet with spice and caramel. Long and pleasant.

  14. Maurice_M2 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  15. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Ha, my prediction was correct - less than a year on and this is now a dream dram [Whiskey Lounge, London 2016], but then again so was the £44 Ardmore 12 - staggering!
    N: Curious! - ham, chicken crisps, fried onions, iron, tomatoes and something of the Chinese spices. Its a bit of a freaky one, good ‘ole Irish - I’m becoming quite a convert.
    T: Oh yes, full Irish! Sweet, creamy and so full its almost solid - with or without water.
    F: Dried limes, sour cream, dried sour-cream?,.. and overall waxy, dry and lip smacking with a bold creamy, spirity finish, all good.
    C: Very good, and i much preferred it this time around.

    Scores a B [87]

  16. Ragazzo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Needs water... a lot of water. Please don´t drink it neat, otherwise you will miss a lot.

  17. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    TASTING NOTE LMDW: In Gaelic, Dair Ghaelach, pronounced "dar gayloch", means Irish oak. After 15 to 22 years in American oak barrels, this version was refined for ten months in new Irish oak barrels in Kilkenny County. According to Kevin O'Gorman, the master of maturation at the Midleton Distillery, with this maturation, a greater supply of vanilla, caramel and toffee gives Midleton even more sweetness. We will add, that the fruity character of this remarkable single pot still has also increased in intensity. Profile: heady and silky. Exotic fruits (mango, pineapple, melon, apricot). Beeswax. Vanilla. Fruity (currant, raspberry). Noble spices (cardamom) and more tertiary notes (lichen) and roasted.
    Color: old gold with copper highlights. Nose: both heady and silky. Sailing with exotic fruits (mango, pineapple) in more classic fruits (melon, apricot) and beeswax in vanilla notes, the first nose shows a lot of presence. As time goes by, the red color is added to its fruity dimension (currant, raspberry). Then, noble spices (cardamom) and more tertiary notes (lichen) and roasted (tea) enrich this olfactory picture. Palate: lively, clean. It literally pierces the nose and shatters all the elements of the aromatic palette. In fact, she suggests we start a new tasting. The fruits have been peeled, their pulp floods the palate with their sweet juice. These include guavas and nectarines. The red fruits have become jammy and blackcurrant jelly plays last minute guests. Final: balanced, precise. With fullness, it opens on distant horizons. The bucolic landscape it makes us contemplate is a pure moment of happiness. Fresh, it embellishes the sublime scent of lime trees. The retro-olfaction is finely wooded, spicy (black pepper) and chocolatey. The empty glass refers to the firmness and minerality of the first nose.

  18. KayMeertens scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Definitely the best Irish whiskey I've ever tasted. Not cheap though...
    • Nose
      Banana, apricot, vanilla, caramel, wood, spice, apple and tree resin.
    • Taste
      Spice, green banana, wood, peach, apple peel, vanilla, tree resin and glue.
    • Finish
      Vanilla, apple, spice, banana and caramel.

  19. mikespike scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Very fruity Irish Whiskey, well made. All the elements that you may expect in such an Irish Malt are there. For me this is a 90 score, although it seems that Irish Malts will not get higher than this -personal taste.

  20. GIORGOS scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Great whiskey from Ireland

  21. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Some titbits: Ten trees were felled to create forty eight casks that were used for this uniquely limited range. Each tree naturally gave a very different character and varied abv. For every tree felled, five more were planted apparently. The whiskey was then finished in Irish Quercus Robur oak. I was also told that the interior panelling and the benches in the debating chamber at the House of Commons are made from Irish oak, but i haven’t found any evidence to support that claim just yet. The master blender offered that the age of Dair Ghaelach consists mainly of 15-22yo malt. Dair Ghaelach translates simply as Irish Wood.
    N: Vanilla, fresh, vegetal nose that includes moss & flowering hydrangea, with a hearty pot still, sour mash quality. 
    T: Chilli, peppercorns,...... vanilla,...... cream,......and always the rounded malt in pole position.
    F: Vanilla finish and strong virgin wood. Theres a sour, green conclusion with a dry amontillado sherry note appearing 5 mins later. The casks spent 15 months in Jerez before being returned to Midleton distillery for filling.
    C: Earlier in the year [2015] this was a free pour at whiskey shows internationally [France, Germany, Ireland, UK and South Africa[ where the 12000 bottles are destined for market. Since its recent accolade from Jim Murray [Nov ’15], no doubt next year it will be a dream dram. Its a robust, straightforward, no nonsense whiskey with a solid character but its not one I’m dreaming of.

    Scores a B[-]

    Further reading: whiskeyforeveryone

  22. Blo scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Just excellent. Great job by Midleton.

    Tasted at Whiskey Live Paris 2015.
    • Nose
      Typical from the Pot Still, very sweet, fat and fruity.
    • Taste
      Excelent, fruity and fresh, reminding me the Redbreast 21, but more punchy. Also more sherry, the finishing is giving some character to the whole.
    • Finish
      Long, a bit on sugarry and floral notes.


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