Irish Distillers has released one of the most expensive Irish whiskeys ever – a €35,000, 45 year-old single malt.
The Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection is a collection of six releases that will range in age from 45 to 50 years, all sourced from the Old Midleton Distillery which operated from 1825-1975. There will be one release annually, the final expression coinciding with the Old Midleton Distillery’s 200th birthday.
The name Silent Distillery Collection is a reference to the Old Midleton Distillery. The distillery was famous throughout the world for its whiskey. Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Chapter One will be the first official release from Old Midleton Distillery in 16 years and the collection represents some of the last drops ever produced in the distillery.
When the spirit for Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection Chapter One was laid down in 1974 under Master Distiller Emeritus Max Crockett, a year before the closure of Old Midleton Distillery, it was part of a series of trials never to be released or repeated. Crockett’s experimentation with peated single malt whiskey from 1964 to 1974 will come to light for the very first time through this release.
Chapter One is the only release in this collection to have been created as a peated single malt. Decades in the making, the third-fill sherry cask cask that has influenced this whiskey has been lying dormant for 45 years. This makes it one of the world’s rarest whiskeys by its very nature.
Master Distiller Emeritus Barry Crockett, son of Max Crockett, recalls sourcing the peat for this 45 year old expression, which will be the last peated whiskey ever from Old Midleton Distillery. During this time, Barry was learning his trade from his father, Max Crockett. In recent years it has been the work of Master Distiller Brian Nation to monitor, sample and determine the ideal bottling time for this rare whiskey laid down by his predecessors. Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection represents a unique opportunity to taste the work of three master distillers.
Chapter One will be decanted into hand blown and etched crystal decanter bottles, produced by Waterford Crystal, with each of the bottles individually numbered. The bottle comes displayed in a wooden cabinet handcrafted by Irish designer, John Galvin, using wood up to 200 years old from ancient reclaimed whiskey vats. This further cements Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection as the ideal treasure for any whiskey enthusiast.
Barry Crockett said: “It’s remarkable that 45 years on we could even be speaking about a whiskey which was distilled in the very final period of the Old Midleton Distillery. It is the ultimate heirloom and memento of the dedication to precise malt preparation, brewing and distillation skills of generations of distillers at Midleton. Furthermore, it’s among the very last remaining whiskey distilled through the largest pot still in the world, a skill which in its own right required great refinement of the distiller’s art.”
Brian Nation, Master Distiller at Irish Distiller, said: “One of the most wonderous parts of my job is that I am often responsible for safekeeping the legacy of another. For many years now, my colleagues and I have been caring for the work of Max and Barry Crockett, to determine the optimum time to share it with the world. The team at Midleton Distillery is extremely proud that the time has finally come to introduce the Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection.”
Brendan Buckley, International Marketing Director at Irish Distillers said: “At a time when Irish whiskey is booming and aged stock is extremely limited, we are privileged to have the opportunity to launch this piece of history. The work of three Irish whiskey legends – Max Crockett, Barry Crockett and Brian Nation – this is truly a new chapter in Irish luxury.”