Distilled and matured by Barry Crockett, each of these whiskies has earned the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
In the early 19th century, a series of buildings in southeast Ireland that were being used to mill wool were sold to the Irish government for £1,250. Within two decades, the government sold the buildings to Lord Midleton, who set about to convert the mill into a distillery. Today, Midleton Distillery marries together time-honored, traditional distillation techniques with modern equipment to produce some of the finest whiskey in all of Ireland.
Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy Irish Whiskey is a limited-edition, single pot still Irish whiskey made in homage to the the distillery's eponymous master distiller. Crockett, who is a second-generation master distiller, was literally born at Midleton Distillery (his father was the master distiller of Midleton at the time, and his family lived at the distillery). At the age of 17, Crockett began apprenticing under the tutelage of his father, and eventually succeeded him in 1981. For nearly five decades, Crockett has stewarded the development of new spirits at Midleton Distillery.
Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey is made from a mash of malted and unmalted barley that is triple-distilled through a copper-pot still and then matured for up to 22 years in a combination of seasoned American oak casks and casks that were previously used to mature bourbon. It has an aroma of lime, green berries, apples and poached pears. Notes of vanilla, charred oak and cherries dominate the palate, and are accented by touches of spice and light pepper. The finish is well-balanced and slowly fades into hints of lime, orange and cinnamon. The whiskey earned a score of 92 points from Whisky Advocate, and earned the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2013. In addition, it earned a score of 99 points, and was rated the best Irish whiskey, at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge in 2012.
Midleton Very Rare Irish Whiskey represents an annual bottling of the most exceptional casks of whiskey maturing at Midleton Distillery. The label was introduced in 1984, when Crockett hand-selected a few dozen casks of whiskey from the distillery's rickhouses and blended them together. As a guarantee of quality and authenticity, Crockett personally signed each bottle by hand. Since then, the distillery has released a new vintage of Midleton Very Rare Irish Whiskey each year.
Midleton Very Rare Irish Whiskey is a marriage of fewer than 100 casks of whiskey, each of which was personally selected by Crockett out of the nearly one million casks of whiskey currently maturing at the distillery. The whiskey — triple-distilled and aged in lightly charred, ex-bourbon barrels for up to 25 years — has an aroma of subtle honey, sandalwood and dried apricots. The aroma gives way to notes of creamy vanilla, butterscotch and summer fruits (particularly strawberries and peaches) on the palate, and ultimately leads to a long and slightly sweet finish.
Midleton Very Rare Irish Whiskey earned the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and earned a score of 96-100 points from Wine Enthusiast.
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Legacy: 92 (46% ABV); Very Rare: 80 (40% ABV)
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Legacy: Aroma of lime, green berries, apples and poached pears. Notes of vanilla, charred oak and cherries dominate the palate, and are accented by touches of spice and light pepper. Finish is well-balanced and slowly fades into hints of limes, orange and cinnamon.