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Midleton Very Rare – Barry Crockett Legacy

Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy

Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy is a single pot still whiskey from New Midleton distillery in Cork, Ireland. Single pot still is a traditional Irish way of making whiskey. Meaning that the golden liquid of gods has been made from a mixed mash of malted and unmalted (raw/green) barley distilled in a pot still by a single distillery. Triple distilled like Irish whiskies tend to be.

Over the years Midleton has become one of my all-time favorite distilleries. I truly like all their expressions. Seeing this legendary bottling at Turku Beer and Whisky Festival 2019 made me shiver.

It is a limited release of around 2500 bottles annually. Originally launched in 2011, made each year using the same recipe. Without age statement but some of the whiskey used in it is around 25 years old. The whiskey has been named after Midleton Master Distiller Barry Crockett, whose dad Max also was a Master Distiller. It’s the first time since John Jameson that an Irish Distillers product had been named after a Master Distiller.

Legacy continues?

Midleton Very Rare website says:

Bearing the name of the celebrated second generation Midleton Master Distiller, Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy represents a selection of pot still whiskeys which have been matured exclusively in American bourbon barrels with a subtle contribution from a pot still distillate which has matured in an unseasoned American barrel.

Jameson website states:

Few people are born into a job and fewer still can say that they were born where they work. Master Distiller Emeritus, Barry Crockett has both distinctions.

Barry Crockett was born in the Distiller’s Cottage and learned his craft from his father, succeeding as Master Distiller since 1981. In 2013 he retired but his legacy lives in this expression. Although I was under the impression that this is the last Midleton Very Rare range whiskey under his name.

Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy Irish Whiskey Review - Very Rare Collection

Bottle serial number 00234. I managed to get a sample at Turku Beer and Whisky Festival (Turun Olut- ja Viskimessut) on November 2019.

Tasting notes

I had high expectations for this limited Irish legend. And my expectations were truly matched. Superb single pot still whiskey! Check out my tasting notes below.

Matured in:
American New Oak and Ex-Bourbon casks
ABV: 46%
Colour: Golden amber
Non-chill filtered
Nose: Smooth and fruity, vanilla dominating. Toasted barley and oak rise from the back. Nuts and hints of spices rise as well.
Taste: Starts with fresh citrus notes. Bit fruity, sugary toffee notes are strong. Vanilla is present but it remains quite light. Nice mix of spices and sweet fruits.
Finish: Lasts nicely long. Creamy with vanilla. Hints of warming spices mixed with exotic fruits. Like cinnamon apples along with pears.
Balance: Marvelous whiskey in great balance. Smooth and easy, yet powerful and rich. Words can’t express this delicious Irish treat.

Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy Scoring

Distillery: New Midleton Distillery Region: Cork, Republic of Ireland
Package of Irish Midleton Very Rare Whiskey

The box is very stylish – true masterpiece for showcasing rare collectible whiskey.

In my opinion, the stylish box along with the bottle are much nicer than a stylish whiskey decanter for example. By the way, check out this Potstilled article regarding the evolution of Barry Crockett Legacy’s label.

Johannes Lindblom
Johannes Lindblom
Finnish whisky enthusiast and the author of WhiskyRant! A digital marketing professional by day – a whisky reviewer and informer by night.

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