Midleton Very Rare Barry Crockett Legacy Tasting Notes
Nose: Elegant aroma of vanilla and toasted oak complimented by a touch of lime, succulent green berries, pears and green sweet pepper.
Taste: Light pepper carries onto fresh citrus, limes and mandarin orange sweetness. A hint of cinnamon with vanilla and oak reveals its years spent in American oak.
Finish: The full spectrum of ﬂavours lasts well into the ﬁnish, slowly fading to expose the clean American oak foundation.
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. Born in the Distiller’s Cottage, Barry Crockett has been immersed in the art of whiskey distilling for almost 50 years. Barry learned his craft from his father and Midleton Master Distiller, Max Crockett; eventually succeeding him as Master Distiller in 1981.
As a tribute to the man who is inextricably linked to the Midleton distillery and who has been instrumental in shaping the renowned Midleton style, Midleton Very Rare Barry Crockett Legacy displays a distinctive pot still complexity yet is refined and poised on the finish.
Barry himself helped to formulate this single pot still and it is highly regarded as one of the best in the range. The pot still elements used are drawn from light, medium and heavy styles and the spirit is mostly matured in 1st fill bourbon casks with a small amount going into virgin Amercian oak. There is no age statement but some of the whiskey used is very old (around 25 years).
Over 30 awards to date which is far too many to list. Here's a sample:
International Wine & Spirit Competition: Gold Outstanding (98 Points) -2019
The Irish Whisky Masters: Master - 2019
Jim Murray's Whisky Bible: Liquid Gold Award (94 Points) 2018
Irish Whiskey Awards: Best Irish Single Pot Still - 2016, 2018
Midleton distillery was founded in 1825, when 3 brothers from Cork took ownership of a building next to the Dungourney River in Midleton, Co. Cork. They expanded the distillery by constructing a huge 31,618 gallon Pot Still (approx. 140,000L) in 1827. This Pot Still was so large that the distillery had to be built around it and is still largest pot still the world has ever seen. (You can still find it sitting outside the Old Midleton Distillery where Irish Distillers host their Jameson Experience.)
The distillery survived the turmoil of the mid-nineteenth century Ireland which included the great famine and temperance movements which reduced domestic demand for whiskey and so in the 1860s, James Murphy (head of the company, and son of the one of the founders), suggested amalgamating the operations of several local distilleries. The other distilleries agreed, so in 1867, Cork Distilleries Company (CDC) was formed, with Murphy at the helm. In the 1860's the company was reported to have an output in excess of 1,000,000 gallons per annum, and to produce a whiskey known as "The Cork Whisky Make". In later years, whiskey from the distillery was known as Cork Distilleries Company Old Irish Whisky, before becoming known as simply "Paddy".
In the 1860's there were 28 distilleries in Ireland, but by 1960 there were only 3 distilleries producing full time in Ireland (bushmills is arguably a fourth, but had extended shut down periods during this time). The 3 remaining distilleries of John Jameson and Son, John Powers and Son and Cork Distilleries Company merged becoming Irish Distillers and closed the door of the famous Old Midleton Distillery for final time. A brand new state-of-the-art distillery was built right next door and is currently Ireland's largest distillery, producing many of the brands we know and love. The Old Midleton distillery is still around today, and if you are every in the Cork area you can visit it in it's new guise as the Jameson visitor centre.
In 1984 Irish Distillers introduced a new premium brand under the Midleton name. Designed to showcase the pinnacle of the art of Irish whiskey making, it has found fame and acclaim the world over. More recently, two additional whiskeys have been introduced bearing the Midleton name; the Single Pot Still, Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy - a testament to the former master distiller who did so much to ensure the survival and revival of the Single Pot Still style, and Midleton Dair Ghaelach - designed to showcase the use of virgin Irish Oak combined with Irish Single Pot Still to give a uniquely Irish whiskey experience.
Producer Irish Distillers Style Single Pot Still Age No age statement but whiskeys included are up to 25 years old. Volume 70CL ABV 46%