Midleton’s experiments with wood continue with this whiskey, a blend of single pot still spirits each matured for 15 to 22 years in bourbon casks, then finished in barrels made from six ancient Irish oak trees harvested from the Bluebell Forest in County Kilkenny.
Each tree gets its own barrel. This sample was drawn from tree #1.
The surprisingly light-colored whiskey offers an enticing nose of lemon with hints of cinnamon and powdered ginger. The palate is on the hot side, showing a burlier than expected wood character that tends to dull the sweeter citrus and vanilla core underneath. The cinnamon manages to push through, though, and the finish brings some balance to all of the above, though the wood-heavy notes really endure for quite some time.
Would love to try the other five trees.
B+ / $260 / midletonveryrare.com