Wednesday, November 29, 2023


Irish Distillers, has announced the launch of the fifth bottling in its Midleton Very Rare Dair Ghaelach Collection.

Midleton Very Rare Dair Ghaelach Kilranelagh Wood (56.8% – 57.5% ABV) is a single pot still Irish whiskey, which was initially matured in American oak Bourbon barrels, before being finished in virgin native Irish oak hogsheads, harvested from the Kilranelagh Wood in County Wicklow.

Midleton Very Rare Dair Ghaelach Kilranelagh Wood

The Midleton Dair Ghaelach Collection, is the result of a six-year exploration led by Master Distiller Kevin O’Gorman to unveil the potential of native Irish oak in the maturation of Irish whiskey. When embarking on this journey, the project rested on two principles: sustainably sourcing Irish oak for long-term viability working with our forestry partners for each release and creating an unparalleled style of Irish single pot still whiskey.

Continuing this mission, the Kilranelagh Estate, nestled in Wicklow's rolling hills, became the focal point for the fifth release. From the native woodland carefully managed since the 1600s, six impressive Irish oak trees were chosen by Midleton Master Cooper Ger Buckley and Forest Sector Manager and Consultant Paddy Purser to craft the Hogshead casks.

Commenting on the launch, Kevin O’Gorman, said: “In the Dair Ghaelach series, we're always looking to discover the finest Irish oak amidst Ireland's natural beauty, and the Kilranelagh estate stands as a testament to this quest. With the initial aging in American oak bourbon barrels already allowing the single pot still to develop a wonderfully complex flavour, it was crucial that we carefully managed the final maturation to ensure the flavours imparted by the Kilranelagh Irish oak worked in harmony with those already present to elevate the expression.”

Midleton Very Rare Dair Ghaelach Kilranelagh Wood, is now available in varying cask strengths, from specialist retailers in Ireland, UK, France, USA and China, for a RRP of €490.00.

Posted by Steve Rush