Country: Ireland
Type: Irish Whiskey
Bottler: Distiller
ABV: 53.1%
Score: 97 points

Midleton Very Rare 30th Anniversary Pearl Edition. Image courtesy Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard.This rare Irish whiskey (117 bottles) was produced to mark the 30th anniversary of the Midleton Very Rare range of whiskies, and was created in a collaboration between retired Master Distiller Emeritus Barry Crockett and his successor, Master Distiller Brian Nation. They blended a cask of grain whisky from 1981 and a cask of pot still whiskey from 1984 to create a classic whiskey.

The nose is minty and fresh with notes of honey, gingerbread, and oak. The taste is complex, yet smooth with a great balance of spices and fruit. Orange peel and peach nectar notes are balanced by hints of cinnamon, spearmint, vanilla, honey, toasted oak, toffee and butterscotch to create a full-bodied rich flavor. The finish is dry and smooth with touches of licorice, subtle spices, honey, vanilla, toasted oak, brown sugar, and orange peel. An amazing whiskey! (October, 2014)