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Midleton Very Rare 2015

Four Irish - Part I

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

12th Mar 2016

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  • Nose
    23
  • Taste
    22
  • Finish
    22
  • Balance
    23
  • Overall
    90

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Since I'm going to be away next week (I'm not returning until St. Patrick's Day), I thought I'd do a few Irish, as I am wont to do this time of year. Not sure when I'll get to the others - might not be for a while, as it's a busy weekend! Though one should never be too busy for whisky...or whiskey...

I've reviewed a couple of Midleton Very Rares before. The first expression I had was delicious; the second left a bit to be desired (well, more than a bit). But I find the batch variation interesting rather than frustrating, so let's see how the latest 2015 edition fares (which I opened on Dec 19 2015), while comparing it to the 2014 edition (which I opened about a year earlier and scored a 75).

The colour is a deep yellow gold. On the nose there is so much honey, I feel like Winnie the Pooh! Sweet malt, butterscotch, poached pear and buttered pastry. Toasted oak. Fresh oranges (but not that Tang-like orange that killed the 2014 Edition). Hint of walnut. Coconut - and wow, even more coconut with water, along with papaya and mango. Rich and creamy.

On the palate the honey is thinner, but still delicious: toffee, milk chocolate, subtle spice and macadamia. Somehow the mouthfeel is thin but at the same time, creamy (even creamier with water). Savoury herbs, like sage. Nice balance between sweet and dry, and incredibly smooth and easy to drink!

The long finish is spicier than you might expect, with buttered toast and coconut creme. Much stronger than the 2014 (and closer in profile to the 2013). The colour on the 2014 had weird orange highlights, a more cloying nose and a slightly off-putting palate (I had hoped oxidation would have helped in the last year, but alas it has not). Well worth your time and funds to seek this one out.

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7 comments

@talexander
talexander commented

Apologies for the brutal picture (this site needs a tool to rotate and resize)

4 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Is this how you were looking at the bottle after drinking the stuff? Is this what they call a "horizontal tasting"?

4 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Is this the one I tried in December? I found it "mild", the only note I wrote. But that might have been palate fatigue.

4 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

Ha - exactly! And yes, that is what you tried in December. It is "mild" but it is an Irish whiskey (and a 40% blend at that). Given most of what we were tasting that night were cask strength scotches and bourbons, it certainly is mild by comparison.

4 years ago 0

@NAV26
NAV26 commented

@talexander, this is my father's favorite whisky, so I buy him a bottle every year. He likes it because it is light but flavorful. I have only tried the 2011 edition and I really liked it. Interestingly, I saw 4 bottles of the 2011 edition the last time I was in the duty free in Lome Togo. I imagine I will pick one up in May as there is not much demand for Irish Whiskey at this price point over here.

4 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

Lovingly done review, @talexander. Thanks.

I like Midleton Very Rare myself, but it has always seemed expensive to me for what you get.

4 years ago 0

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