Midleton Very Rare’s Dair Ghaelach collection is a testament to the mastery of Midleton’s distillers and the dedication of generations families across Ireland who nurture their woodlands and ensure correct and sustainable felling. This whiskey is a range of releases that have been matured in barrels made from virgin Irish oak from carefully selected forests across Ireland. The oak selected for each release influences the special whiskey with the true and unique flavour of Ireland.
The story of each bottle of Midleton Very Rare Dair Ghaelach can be traced back to the Irish oak trees that helped to create its refined and unmistakeable taste. For this release, six Irish oak trees were selected from the grounds of Kilranelagh Estate by the team at Midleton Very Rare and a forestry specialist to create an extremely limited number of casks. These casks were filled with a specially selected range of fifteen-to-twenty-eight-year-old Single Pot Still whiskeys previously matured in American oak barrels.
Nose: Forest notes of fresh pine accompanied by floral honey and ground pepper at first, while sweet and tropical fruits can be detected amongst the herbal green tea and freshly mown hay. The use of the native Irish oak lends itself to creating distinctive aromas of smoked almonds with sweet vanilla and cinnamon that are complimented by the pot still savoury spices.
Taste: Robust and lively at first with notes of dried chilli flakes and red bell peppers which quickly soften, allowing notes of candied orange and crisp red apple to shine through. The oak continues to deliver sweet vanilla and cinnamon spice throughout, while the pot still spices add a hearty and full-bodied nature to this complex and intricate whiskey.
Finish: Wonderfully long finish which sees the pot still spices and oak linger, almost effortlessly, for an age.
Midleton Very Rare Dair Ghaelach Kilranelagh Wood Tree 3