Midleton Very Rare Dair Ghaelach Kilranelagh Wood - Tree No. 1

Midleton Very Rare Dair Ghaelach Kilranelagh Wood - Tree No. 1

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This listing is for Tree No. 1 - 114 Proof/57% ABV

“Dair Ghaelach” means quite simply, Irish Oak. While the name may be simple, the story of this whiskey is unique. The fifth chapter of the Midleton Dair Ghaelach series takes us to Kilranelagh Estate near Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow. Situated amidst rolling hills of Wicklow, the native Irish woodland on the estate has been managed carefully and in tune with nature by the Westerhultz family, since the 1600’s.

This whiskey was matured in American Oak Bourbon barrels and finished in virgin native Irish Oak Hogshead casks. Harvested from Kilranelagh Wood in Co. Wicklow, the native oak has interacted with the maturing whiskey to impart a layered medley of floral honey and cinnamon spice notes with a full bodied nature.

Forest notes of fresh pine accompanied by floral honey and ground pepper at first, while sweet and tropical fruits can be detected amongst the herbal green tea and freshly mown hay. The use of the native Irish oak lends itself to creating distinctive aromas of smoked almonds with sweet vanilla and cinnamon that are complimented by the pot still savory spices.

Robust and lively at first with notes of dried chili flakes and red bell peppers which quickly soften, allowing notes of candied orange and crisp red apple to shine through. The oak continues to deliver sweet vanilla and cinnamon spice throughout, while the pot still spices add a hearty and full-bodied nature to this complex and intricate whiskey.

Wonderfully long finish which sees the pot still spices and oak linger, almost effortlessly, for an age.

114 Proof/57% ABV - 700ml