Marking a new chapter in the evolving world of Irish luxury, this spring marked the release of the first in a range of six world-class whiskies from Midleton Very Rare. With one launch planned each year from 2020 until 2025, the Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Whiskey Collection is comprised of a series of supremely precious spirits from Old Midleton, a “silent” (i.e. no longer in operation) distillery famed for its iconic drams and a rich heritage that stretches back as far as 1825.
For the uninitiated, Midleton Very Rare is the high-end arm of Midleton Distillery. Owned by the Irish Distillers Group, the company has been based in Midleton, Cork since 1975, rubbing shoulders with Old Midleton, which closed its doors for the last time that same year. Midleton Distillery established its Very Rare label established in 1984 by esteemed Master Distiller Emeritus Barry Crockett. It is now under the stewardship of Brian Nation, the second Master Distiller to carry on the distillery’s proud heritage in the production of outstanding Irish spirits. Each year, Nation crafts a new luxury whiskey from a carefully chosen blend of the rarest and very best whiskeys from Midleton Distillery’s cellars.