Tuesday, October 13, 2020


Irish Distillers, has today announced the launch of its 2020 Midleton Very Rare bottling.

Midleton Very Rare 2020 (40% ABV) was produced using a combination of single pot still and single grain Irish whiskeys, aged from between 13 to 35 years old, which were matured in lightly charred ex-bourbon American oak barrels.

Midleton Very Rare 2020

This latest Midleton Very Rare release, is said to be parting gift from former Master Distiller Brian Nation, who departed Irish Distillers in June, who in his final days continued the long-standing tradition of hand-selecting whiskeys reserved for this coveted annual expression.

For this year’s bottling, Brian Nation selected a higher pot still inclusion when compared to previous vintages, while also increasing the use of refill barrels amongst his choice of casks. The result is said to be a luxurious and balanced whiskey with rich pot still notes and elegant grain distillates that take centre stage thanks to the inclusion of refill casks.

Commenting on the launch, Kevin O’Gorman, Master Distiller at Irish Distillers, said: “As a colleague and friend to Brian for many years, I could not be prouder to present his final Midleton Very Rare vintage and his legacy as Irish Distillers’ Master Distiller, to consumers across the globe. Selected each year with passion and precision, this expression offers an initial burst of tangy fruity sweetness on the palate, with pot still spices building over time to add a mild prickle of chili oil. Indeed, Brian’s love of a single pot still is reflected in this exceptional whiskey, while preserving the balance and beauty for which Midleton Very Rare is renowned.”

Midleton Very Rare 2020, is now available from specialist retailers in Ireland, ahead of launching in the UK, USA, Australia, Germany, Canada and Global Travel retail in the coming months. RRP: €180.

Posted by Steve Rush