Type: Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
Score: 98 points
I have had the chance to taste this whiskey on three separate occasions over its final year of maturation, and it keeps getting better every time. It’s a 32-year-old single cask using some of Midleton’s heavier pot still distillate, and spent the final seven years in an ex-Oloroso Sherry cask.
The nose has notes of freshly polished wood, plums, raisins, toffee, chocolate mint leaves, cocoa nibs, and almost no spices. The taste – in a word: Wow! Luscious, thick, and well-balanced with tree fruits at first, then turns slightly dry and mouth-puckering before the pot still spices kick in with clove, cardamom, and allspice for an extremely complex dram that deserves a lot of attention. The finish is long, dry, and very “more-ish.” One of the finest whiskies I have ever tasted! (May, 2018)