From the Midleton Micro-Distillery recently some expressions were released in the #MethodAndMadness launch. If you want to read more on the background of this distillery and the complete line up then please check out the article that WhiskySpeller wrote about it. After the events they were very kind to send over a set of samples so a closer look could be given at it.
The single grain spirit, that was distilled in 2008, making it now almost 9 years old, is the same one that is used in the blending for Jameson, but now put through a number of years of maturation. First in ex-bourbon casks and then the whiskey has been finished for 12 months in toasted virgin Spanish oak casks from Galicia, North West Spain, before being bottled without chill filtration at 46%.
On the nose I am getting soft notes of vanilla and powdered sugar. A fresh but also sweet feeling with flavours of grapefruit, raisin, honey, candied ginger, pine, cereal, lemon sweets, light spices and tum tums. Light note of perfume, pencil shavings and apple blossom lingering in the back mixing through the red apple, toffee and banana notes.
The palate is showing the same flavours as found on the nose but is boosted with more spices, thick creamy vanilla, ripe fruits, cumin seeds and wood notes that linger towards old fashioned dark liquorish, laurel and sage. A lovely mixture of fresh and sweet notes with an edge of spices surrounding it all, ending in a medium length finish. Almost a bit chewy on the palate after a couple of sips, making me think of blackcurrant and cherry.
Quite an interesting dram that is available at the RRP of 49 Euro they told us, so I will definitely be on the lookout for a bottle of this. Thanks Irish Distillers for sharing the #MethodAndMadness! Looking for the other expressions in this release? Check out the notes then of the French Chestnut, 31 year old grain and French Limousin expressions.