Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy

Irish Legacy

Few know the Midleton as a brand, yet they are familiar with the distillery’s flagship brands like Jameson and Yellow & Green Spot. For a long time Irish distilleries seemed to be allergic to their own name, but don’t let that deceive you Midleton has been out there since the 80’s, as a brand name for the distillery’s limited edition best produce. This single pot still whisky of the Midleton Very Rare range was named after their legendary master distiller, Barry Crockett. The release was a vatting of casks, ranging between 15 to 25 years old, handpicked by Mr. Crockett himself.

MidletonDescription: matured for a t least 15 years in American Bourbon casks, both seasoned & unseasoned and bottled in 2011 at 46% ABV for the official range.

Nose: soft and oily on the nose, yet with a grassy aroma and a whiff of varnish. Given time to breath a subtle layer of tropical fruits reveals itself, I get some pineapple, coconut and vanilla.

Mouth: an oily body, that is smooth, rich and round. The palate is best described as: fruity. Notes of honey dew, grapefruit and strawberry. Given a exquisite spicey touch of both vanilla and ginger.

Finish: long and lingering with notes of bitter orange, honey and caraway.

The Verdict: one of the more expensive commercial Irish whiskies out there, but certainly well worth a try. It is a subliminally well-made dram, one of those older fruit-driven Irish whiskies.

Score: 87

Nose: 22

Taste: 22
Finish: 21 Balance: 22
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house