Review: Midleton Very Rare Irish Whiskey / by Jason Hambrey

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

This is an annual release of some of the best whiskey that the Midleton (Jameson) distillery has to offer. It changes every year and carries a bit of a price tag - I’ve been eager to review a batch for some time, so here we go!

Review (2013)

  • Batch: 2016

  • Bottling Code: L620231222 15:22

  • Bottling Date: 2016

This has a real oaky richness, but also loads of dried fruit, oily spice – it is integrated, deep, and complex. The oak is soft, yet massive and a complement to everything else going on. The pot still character really comes through, and it is an awesome, rich whisky. I’d be happy to drink this both on nights when I want to sit and enjoy a very fine whisky, but also on nights when I just want a really fine whisky.

I guess I didn’t actually provide many tasting notes: Banana, loads of fruit, a core oakiness, light anise, integrated fruit, and a real Irish whiskey richness. Toffee, sugar candies, dried apricot, dried peach, nut oils, pear, dragonfruit, black pepper, coconut, and peach jam. A few notes – there are lots more – but that is up to you to discover! A terrific Irish whisky.

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

Value: Low. It’s a good whisky, but it comes at a fairly substantial price.