21 February 2013 – Source: Press release
The Whisky Exchange are pleased to announce the release of a new 1991 vintage whiskey from Ireland’s Midleton distillery in County Cork. After a long and rigorous selection process cask #48750 was chosen and bottled exclusively for sale by The Whisky Exchange.
Cask #48750 was a first fill bourbon hogshead, filled with spirit distilled in November 1991 and placed in bond on the 12th of that month. It was bottled in October 2012, a mere month shy of its 21st birthday, yielding 205 bottles at a cask strength of 54.1% alcohol by volume. Each bottle is individually numbered and packaged in a wooden presentation box.
Producer’s Tasting Notes:
Nose: A striking presence of aromatic oils and spices typical of this style of Single Pot Still Irish
Whiskey. Some linseed, backed up with a touch of menthol, paves the way for succulent, fleshy exotic
fruits as well as kiwi, melon and a squeeze of blackcurrant. The wood influence cannot be ignored with
calming vanilla overtones and firm base notes of charred oak completing the sophisticated aromatics.
Palate: The initial succulence of the fruity mouthcoating develops into a rich infusion of spices and fruit. Cinnamon, vanilla, dark chocolate, some sweet green pepper with cedar wood and charred oak, all delivered in harmony.
Finish: A long and leisurely finish. The full complexity slowly fades leaving the last word to the barley.
Tasting notes by TWE’s Tim Forbes:
Nose: Naturally there’s waves of delicious vanilla cream from the bourbon cask, but here it’s merely the backdrop for a mouth-watering array of tropical fruit, with peaches and apricots most prominent. Hints of cantaloupe melon & kiwi that may be familiar to anyone who’s tried Midleton’s Barry Crockett Legacy, the jewel in the crown of the ongoing single pot still range. The single pot still cereals and brown-sugared porridge are there too, plus rhubarb crumble, sweet raspberry cranachan and honeyed flapjacks in abundance. A captivating nose.
Palate: Initial honey, then tremendously intense peaches & cream; a spicy bite, then oranges, apricots, dried ginger, white grape juice, rosehip syrup, shortbread & butter biscuits, the kiwi fruit, honeysuckle and various different kinds of melon. A growing wood-spicey tingle. Water lifts the wood-spices initially, but after a minute or two releases sweet-pea, kumquat, orange flower water, nougat, natural caramel and grassy notes.
Finish: Still lots of fruit, becoming more orangey. The oak grows more prominent now, with hints of furniture polish and a final burst of warming, drying spice that envelops and lingers longest on the palate.
Comment: At this age it’s no surprise that a triple-distilled spirit matured in a first fill bourbon cask carries more than a hint of oak. What’s really impressive is that the expected vanilla and spices play second fiddle for so much of the time to a massive burst of exuberant, over-ripe exotic fruit. At cask strength this is a taste sensation not for the faint-hearted; a judicious dribble of water smoothes out the pot still’s naturally sharp edges and with a bit of time takes this exceptional dram to another level entirely.
The Midleton 1991 Cask #48750 is now available to purchase for £235 from The Whisky Exchange website and London shop: