This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on €40,000 bottle of Irish whiskey goes to auction and Wayward Spirits release The Liberator Irish whiskey.
So let’s see what’s happening this week in our Irish whiskey news.
Described as ‘Ireland’s oldest-ever whiskey collection’, the Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection Chapter One is a 45-Year-Old peated Irish single malt whiskey, which was distilled in 1974 and matured in a third-fill sherry cask. The Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection is a collection of six releases. The first is that 45-year-old Irish single malt. There will be one release annually until the year 2025, ranging in age from 45 to 50 years old, all from the fabled Old Midleton Distillery (operating 1825-1975). The last release will coincide with Old Midleton Distillery’s 200th birthday.
Limited to just 48 bottles costing £32,000 (€35,000) each, Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection Chapter One bottles are now a collector’s dream. Irish whiskey site, Irish Whiskey Actions, has just secured one of the elusive bottles for its forthcoming online whiskey auction. Opening online on Friday 13th March at 5pm, the Midleton Rare Silent Distillery Collection Chapter One bottle is set to be the star of the show with enquiries already being fielded from collectors from across Ireland, the UK and the US. “Irish whiskey has been enjoying a huge renaissance and there’s international demand for our finest and rarest whiskeys. In the past 18 months, we have auctioned over 5,000 bottles of whiskey, but this is the most exclusive and valuable bottle that we’ve auctioned to date,” comments Anthony Sheehy, Founder of Irish Whiskey Auctions.
The Liberator Irish Whiskey been matured initially in first fill American ex-Bourbon casks and then finished for nine months in fresh ex Tawny port casks. The Tawny port finish contributes intensity, richness and complexity to the whiskey: figs, apple and pear on the nose, a rich taste of cocoa, clove and blackcurrant, and a warming long finish. Wayward Irish Spirits is a new family-owned company based in Lakeview Estate, Killarney. It reconnects the founder, Maurice O’Connell, with his family’s roots of supplying spirits to the gentry of Kerry. As early as 1450 the O’Connells were based at Ballycarbery Castle near Caherciveen, importing wines and brandies from Spain.
As well as blending and bottling spirits initially produced by other distillers, the company also grows barley on the family estate which is small batch malted and distilled for them into Pot Still spirit to their mash bill and specification. The 2018 crop was distilled last year and has returned to the estate for maturation. From 2024 Wayward will start distilling this part of production onsite with the ambition to become a single estate grain to glass distillery. Maurice continued: “Our Liberator range is sourced from some of Ireland’s finest distilleries and finished in our traditional 300-year-old stone bonded storehouse on the Estate. The inaugural release batch is a vatting of single malts sourced from different distilleries: 25% is a minimum of 13 years, the balance a minimum of 4 years. We practice a procedure called the ‘gentle cut’ whereby the Whiskey is cut from cask strength (about 61% abv) to bottling strength (46%) by adding spring water in stages over a period of about 5 weeks.”
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