Wednesday, February 19, 2020


Irish Distillers, has announced the launch of the first expression in what is described as Ireland’s oldest ever whiskey collection.

Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection Chapter One (51.2% ABV) is a 45 Year Old peated Irish single malt whiskey, which was distilled in 1974 and matured in a third-fill sherry cask.

Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection Chapter One

This latest Midleton release, is the first of six expressions which will be released annually until 2025. The last release will coincide with Old Midleton Distillery’s 200th birthday.

Each bottling will range in age from 45 to 50 years old, all from the Old Midleton Distillery in Co. Cork, Ireland, which opened in 1825 and closed and fell silent 1975.

While other silent distilleries have re-opened and been brought back to life, Old Midleton has been fully decommissioned and will never produce again. Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Chapter One will be the first official release from Old Midleton Distillery in 16 years.

When the spirit for Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection Chapter One was laid down in 1974 under Master Distiller Emeritus Max Crockett, a year before the closure of Old Midleton Distillery, it was part of a series of innovative trials never to be released or repeated.

Crockett’s experimentation with peated single malt whiskey from 1964 to 1974 will come to light for the very first time through this release which paves the way for new beginnings in the world of ultra-rare, luxury Irish whiskey.

Commenting on the launch, Brian Nation, Master Distiller at Irish Distillers, said: “One of the most wonderous parts of my job is that I am often responsible for safekeeping the legacy of another. For many years now, my colleagues and I have been caring for the work of Max and Barry Crockett, to determine the optimum time to share it with the world.  The team at Midleton Distillery is extremely proud that the time has finally come to introduce the Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection.”

Limited to just 48 bottles, Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection Chapter One, will be available later this month from selected specialist retailers, for a RRP of £32,000.

Posted by Steve Rush