Tasting Notes by The celtic Whiskey Shop:
The latest edition in the Midleton Very Rare series is one of our favourite yet. This time round it seems to offer up a lot more pot still character and also a more spicy, oak character. It even reminds us a little of some of the recent Midleton Virgin Oak single cask releases. Like last year's bottling this now carries the signature of new-ish Master Distiller Brian Nation.Colour: Bright bronze.
Aromas: Lively, fruity and ester filled aromas on the nose. A second nosing reveals some spicy notes of clove, crystallised ginger, boiled sweets, candied orange peel, pineapple and dried apricots.
Palate: Powerful and assertive on the palate. A bit of a departure from previous bottlings. This is quite muscular and richly flavoured with perhaps a higher pot still content than before. Quite reminiscent of some of the recent virgin oak single cask editions. This begins with sweet, orange citrus and pineapple then quickly becomes quite peppery and spicy with flavours of cloves, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla.
Finish: Great length with the complex flavours continuing to evolve all the way to the finish.
Nota: the types of Barrels used for ageing are predominantly first fill and refill Bourbon barrels.