New Midleton member’s club offers full whiskey casksBy Nicola Carruthers
Whiskey enthusiasts are able to purchase their own casks of Irish whiskey as part of Midleton’s new private member’s club.
The Midleton Very Rare Cask Circle Club invites whisky enthusiasts to obtain their own cask of Midleton Very Rare Irish whiskey from a variety of casks hand-selected by master distiller, Brian Nation.
The programme includes different whiskey styles and ages – from 12 to 30 years old – that have been matured in a range of cask types including Bourbon, Sherry, Malaga, Port, Irish oak and rum. Thirty casks have been made available at launch, with prices available on request.
Members will also receive access to the Distillery Concierge, a unique service that will assist guests in every detail of their personal experience from choosing a whiskey to planning an extended itinerary.
To coincide with the launch, Midleton Very Rare Vintage 2017 has been blended from a batch of ex-Bourbon barrels ranging in age from 12 years to 32 years.
The 2017 edition also marks a redesign for the brand, with the bottle inspired by a writer’s ink well, creating a subtle link to Ireland’s literary legacy.
“It has been a privilege for me to continue the legacy of Midleton Very Rare that Barry Crockett started in 1984,” said Nation. “Midleton Very Rare is rightfully regarded as the pinnacle of Irish whiskey with each vintage cherished by collectors and whisk(e)y enthusiasts all over the world. Due to the handcrafted nature of this whiskey, there are slight variances in taste from year to year which add to the special nature of this whiskey.
“The 2017 cask selection includes some 32-year-old Midleton grain whiskey which will contribute the lighter floral perfume notes along with some citrus fruit. A 26-year-old single pot still whiskey has also been selected, which delivers a wide spectrum of typical spice character, such as sweet cinnamon and clove”.
The expression is available at an RRP of €180 and is available in the USA, Canada, Ireland and Ireland Travel Retail.