Monday, November 20, 2017


Irish Distillers, has announced the launch of the latest bottling in its Virgin Irish Oak Collection of Single Pot Still Irish whiskeys.

Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest Edition (55.30% ABV) has been finished in barrels made from Irish oak grown in the Bluebell Forest of Castle Blunden Estate in County Kilkenny.
Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest Edition

This latest release from the Cork based distillery, is the result of an eight-year exploration by the production team at the Midleton Distillery, into using native oak to mature Irish whiskey and follows the release of Midleton Dair Ghaelach Grinsell’s Wood in February 2015.

Irish Distillers Head of Maturation Kevin O’Gorman and Head Blender Billy Leighton, worked in conjunction with leading forestry consultant Paddy Purser, in choosing Bluebell Forest on Castle Blunden Estate, to provide the oak for the second edition in the Midleton Dair Ghaelach series.

Each bottle of Dair Ghaelach (Gaelic for Irish oak) can be traced back to one of six individual 130-year-old oak trees that were carefully felled in the Bluebell Forest in May of 2013.

Commenting on the launch, Kevin O’Gorman, Head of Maturation at Midleton Distillery, said: “It is a joy to be able to showcase more of our experimentation with maturation in Irish oak through the release of Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest. The naturally sweet compounds found in Irish oak work in perfect harmony with this whiskey to deliver milk chocolate and honeycomb on the nose, a beautifully round and silky-smooth mouth feel and a long, pot still finish.”

He went onto say: “The nuances in flavour in the two editions of Midleton Dair Ghaelach come from our native wood, and offer whiskey fans a true flavour of Ireland – the range has provenance unlike any Irish whiskey before it and we look forward to exploring more of Ireland’s woodlands further in the years to come.”

Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest Edition, will be available later this month from specialist retailers, for a RRP of $280.00.

Posted by Steve Rush