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The 2022 limited edition from Midleton comes to us this fall in the form of Midleton's Very Rare Release! A combination of 12 to 33 year old whiskey, each years Vintage Release is an expensive, special, very limited bottling. Let's dive in.
Sweet cream, honey, vanilla bean, caramel and nougat. Light on oak, faint baking spice, lovely waffle cone and while the nose is light, it's impressively complex.
Sweet praline, buttery biscuits, toffee, a touch of confectioners sugar, cream and light oak.
Moderate finish, complex and well layered despite the low proof. It's satisfying, hangs on the palate nicely with plenty of nougat and caramel.
Overall, it's always tough when a release that heralds the best of the best from a distillery also carries the minimum allowable ABV, but in this case, Midleton's 2022 edition of Very Rare manages to hang onto quite a bit of flavor, and make for an enjoyable pour. It won't blow your head off with flavor, but then again, that's not quite the hallmark of a well composed whiskey anyways, and 2022 really demonstrates a good deal of flavor and complexity, for an enjoyable sip.