This Midleton expression was their first ever whisky finished in virgin Irish Oak casks. It’s made up of 15-22 year single pot still whiskys that were matured in ex-bourbon casks and married/finished in the Irish oak casks. It’s bottled at 58.2% ABV.
Nose: Heavy cinnamon, fresh milled barley, molasses, caramel, and charred oak.
Palate: Quite oak heavy up front with butterscotch, dark brown sugar, and black pepper emerging. The virgin Irish oak certainly stands out for better or worse.
Finish: Mango and pineapple emerge while the charred oak notes linger on.
Rating: 82/100 – Lately I’ve been really enjoying Irish expressions, but this one wasn’t loaded with those tropical fruit notes I love. The virgin oak certainly comes through and has a big influence, but unfortunately not a super positive influence for me.
Value for the money: These retail around $200+ and for me that’s an easy pass. Buy a Redbreast 21 instead for around the same cost.
This is an 18 year Jameson blend from Midleton that is bottled at 40% ABV.
Nose: Very strong sour fruits up front with bold peach notes. Musty oak full of citrus juices – turning to a bit of fermented stone fruits after a bit. An odd nose that opens and closes at will.
Palate: Mango, sour grapes, and green raisins lead off with some damp cardboard notes coming through. Again, odd here but some nice mango/peach notes save it for me.
Finish: Peach at first fading into musty oak and green raisins.
Rating: 81/100 – Good, but a bit odd/all over the place for me.
Value for the money: These look to retail for around $100 or so, and I’d pass at that price. I’d buy a Yellow Spot instead for $20 less.
This is a NAS expression from Midleton distillery that’s bottled at 40% ABV.
Nose: Heavy fresh grains with sawdust, dry dessert wine, toffee, and musty cardboard.
Palate: Again, fresh grain notes here with anise, subtle banana, and a damp, musty oak.
Finish: Anise lingers with young grains and oak turning slightly herbal.
Rating: 81/100 – An easy sipper, but not very complex.
Value for the money: This retails around $45 which is a decent price for what you get. Definitely wouldn’t pay anything more than that, and would prefer to see it around $35.