A small number of our Whiskey Club friends – enthusiasts, bloggers, previous event attendees, local trade and friends on social media – joined us for an exclusive evening in The Merchant Hotel, Belfast.
Tonight, they would be one of the first in the world to taste all seven trees of Dair Ghaelach Knockrath Forest – the latest offering of Midleton Very Rare.
DAIR GHAELACH: “IRISH OAK”
Midleton Very Rare Dair Ghaelach is a range of Single Pot Still Irish whiskeys from the Midleton Distillery meaning, quite simply, Irish Oak.
Midleton Very Rare Dair Ghaelach Knockrath Forest is the latest chapter of the Midleton Dair Ghaelach story. It takes us to the beautiful and ancient Vale of Clara, where the Knockrath estate lies hidden amidst the dramatic landscape of mountains and lakes.
This Single Pot Still Irish whiskey was matured initially in American Oak Bourbon barrels and finished in virgin native Irish Oak Hogshead casks, made from oak grown on the Knockrath Estate.
The native Irish oak has interacted with the maturing whiskey to impart a complex medley of fruits and delicate spices. This special whiskey is the true and unique flavour of Ireland. Its provenance as individual as its fragrance, its journey from grain to glass as distinguished as its finish, this is a whiskey like no other.
Midleton Dair Ghaelach was the first whiskey in modern times to be matured in home-grown Irish oak, and the Knockrath Forest edition is the third of this the most Irish of whiskeys to be released.
Read more on the range after, here.
On arrival, our guests first enjoyed another great Midleton whiskey – Redbreast 12 – in fine cocktail form, mixed with Lustau Vermut, Chartreuse and a twist of orange: “The Tipperary”.
THE MAIN COURSE AND DESSERT – KNOCKRATH FOREST
Midleton proudly boasts states that each whiskey in the series is as individual as it is irresistible; whiskey as satisfyingly Irish as it is undeniably elegant.
And over the next few hours, we made our way through the seven trees in order – savouring every taste, smell and texture the range brought.
From comparisons of sweet cola, treacle, coffee and tea – some even described the notes of molasses and rum-like features – all the way through to aromas of nuttiness, cinnamon, dried fruits and banana bread. One of our guests even found notes of leather – in a good way of course.
Adding a drop of water to the whiskey brought yet another level of taste and personal preferences.
Halfway through the evening a selection of The Merchant’s finest canapes were served – smoked duck with quail egg, spiced pork and lamb, local crab, smoked aubergine with haloumi and cauliflower puree, followed by a selection of sweet, texture- and taste-rich macrons.
Another great product of Midleton sure to be a success, with something in the range for everyone, whatever their level of whiskey experience to date.
Give it a try.
Available soon from your finest whiskey purveyors in Northern Ireland.