Ultimate Beverage Challenge 93 points - Citrus zest and honey are backed by notes of white pepper, rolled outs and sweet cream. Soft and honey-tinged, this whisky is stately and classic with a whisper of brine and honey comprising the finish. - 2018 Ultimate Spirits Challenge.
Whisky Advocate 93 points - This year's edition contains some of the oldest whiskey they've ever put into Very Rare. A pronounced spicy nose, with sweet barley, dried apple, crisp grains, sweet baklava, and squishy cubes of rose-scented Turkish delight. In the mouth, it's incredibly smooth and glossy; quite honeyed, subtle soft fruits, raspberry, apple, mixed peel, butterscotch, baked orange, and a hearty spice core. A creamy finish, where the spices outlast the fruit. Reviewed by: Jonny McCormick (Spring 2018).
Only two Master Distillers have had the privilege of preserving the legacy of the world's most sought-after Irish Whiskey, Barry Crockett and Brian Nation. Created in 1984 by Master Distiller Emeritus Barry Crockett, Midleton Very Rare is the ultimate expression of his art and expertise. Once a year, Master Distiller, Brian Nation honours Barry's vision by handpicking only the finest and rarest whiskeys from the Midleton Distillery warehouses and carefully blends them to create each annual vintage of Midleton Very Rare. Each bottle is individually numbered and signed by the Master Distiller, the mark of a true whiskey masterpiece. Midleton Very Rare is consistently awarded the highest honours at the world's most respected whisky awards.