Review: Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy / by Jason Hambrey

American Oak
Malted and Unmalted Barley
Distiller Midleton (Midleton, Ireland)

Here we have another premium single pot still Irish whiskey, made of a mixture of malted and unmalted barley and created by Midleton’s Master Distiller Emeritus Barry Crockett, an important figure in Irish whiskey. In typical Irish fashion, this is based on single pot still whiskey - and it’s about as elegant as you can get.

Review (2019)

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  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2018

Loads of fruit – pineapple, banana, pear, dragonfruit, mangosteens, prickly pear – but also stone fruits, popcorn, and lime. The palate continues in this vein, with terrific oak, fruit, tannins, and dry spice. This is an excellent whisky – it really is. The finish is loaded with tropical fruit, citrus zest, light oak, and a really nice drying, spicy tannic nature. The fruit is awesome, it has lots of complexity and depth, and the entire experience is very well crafted.

One of my favourite trys of the year – very unique, interesting, complex, and rich – moreover, one of the best Irish whiskeys I’ve tasted, perhaps the best – though Redbreast 21 is rather excellent and very hard to beat.

Very Highly Recommended (18% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Low. $300+ is a lot of money for a bottle of whisky, even one that is quite excellent.e.