Friday, October 13, 2023


Irish Distillers, has announced the launch of a new “first-of-its-kind” limited-edition Midleton Very Rare expression, which is said to showcase the harmonious fusion of Irish and French luxury and craftsmanship.

Midleton Very Rare Forêt de Tronçais (48% ABV) is a blended Irish whiskey, comprised of single grain and single pot still whiskeys that were laid down to mature in American Bourbon barrels, between the 1980s and 2000s. The whiskey was finished for three years in French Tronçais oak casks.

Midelton Very Rare Forêt de Tronçais

Midleton Very Rare Forêt de Tronçais, is the result of a collaboration that began in 2017. In search of the perfect cask to enhance and complement Midleton’s portfolio of exceptional whiskeys, Master Distiller Kevin O’Gorman and his team from Midleton Distillery embarked on a cask procurement trip to France. Exploring the Tronçais forest, they discovered the rare and sought-after T5 oak cask, renowned for its fine grain and delicate flavours, which O’Gorman was convinced would add a new dimension to the subtle aromatics in the renowned Midleton Very Rare Irish whiskey family.

The Forêt de Tronçais forest, established in the 1600s to sustainably supply oak for shipbuilding, holds historical significance and continues to be managed with utmost care and respect, following a regular forestry cycle that allows for natural regeneration and preservation of its ecosystem.

This first expression from what will be an annual release, is said to deliver notes of oak, pears, caramelised apples, orange zest, honeycomb, toasted hazelnut, freshly roasted coffee beans and woodland spices on the nose. Followed by notes of fresh peppermint, sage, orchard fruits, zesty orange, chocolate-dipped honeycomb, sweet vanilla and wood spices on the palate.

Midleton Very Rare Forêt de Tronçais, comes presented in a cabinet created by Manufacture Jacquemin, a third-generation traditional woodcrafts business based in the Jura Mountains in Eastern France, is made from fine oak from the Tronçais forest.

Commenting on the launch, Kevin O'Gorman, Master Distiller at Midleton Distillery, said: "We may have created 'the Pinnacle of Irish Whiskey' with Midleton Very Rare, but we are constantly driven by the desire to push boundaries and create something new. Midleton Very Rare Forêt de Tronçais represents our relentless pursuit of perfection and innovation while staying true to the unmistakable Midleton character and DNA, as we introduce some of the world’s finest oak to produce an outstanding and elegant Midleton expression."

Midleton Very Rare Forêt de Tronçais, will be available later this month from select specialist retailers, for a RRP of £4,400.

Posted by Steve Rush