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Midleton very rare (2019, OB, 40%)

Midleton Very Rare is one of Ireland’s most eagerly awaited bottlers, every year: it’s a blend of grain whiskey and single pot still whiskey, and it’s made only from ex-Bourbon barrels (a few, among other things: generally about fifty) between 13 and 34 years old. All produced where? Well, at Midleton Distillery!, the largest distillery in Ireland, which produces Jameson, Tullamore Dew, Green, Yellow and Red Spot whiskey… This is perhaps their flagship bottling: let’s not wait a moment longer.

N: the share of very aged wheat knocks immediately to our nostrils: almond paste, vanilla, very ripe banana. At times there seems to emerge a hint of wheat, like porridge. Camilla” cake with carrots. Creamy bundles, almost reminiscent of… a buttery vodka. Freshly cut fresh wood.

P: very easy and pleasant entry, thanks to the low alcohol content. Here too, the profile remains quite simple but tasty, and the grain whiskey is very good: lots of banana, fatty dried fruit (sweetened almonds), vanilla and toffee. A blade of dried grass.

F: molasses, fresh wood, toffee. Very sweet and of medium duration.

A whisky that does not carry a crazy complexity, perhaps also because of a (can we say it? too much) reduced abv. After the Glenmorangie Cake of the other day, this too is a profile that will appeal to palates that love sweet, almost sweetish and sticky hints. We remembered it fresher and with a less evident presence of grain, here instead very intense: we are not complaining, it is very pleasant anyway: 85/100. We thank Andrea for the sample…

Recommended soundtrack: Marylin Manson – Don’t Chase the Dead.

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