Midleton Dair Ghaelach Grinsell's Wood

Single Pot Still

Midleton // Ireland

community rating

4 out of 5 stars
( 30 )

Dair Ghaelach is Gaelic for "Irish oak." It's a simple, fitting name for this single pot-still whiskey, which is a blend of 15 to 22 year-old Midleton that was initially aged in ex-bourbon barrels. Overseen by Master Blender Billy Leighton and Master of Maturation Kevin O'Gorman, this whiskey is further matured for 10 months in virgin oak grown in Grinsell Woods on the Ballaghtobin Estate in Co. Kilkenny. Note: This review is from Tree 6. There are 10 trees in total for this product with slight flavor and ABV variances which befit the nature of such a whiskey.

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  • Single Pot Still
    Produced in Ireland from a mash of unmalted and malted barley (30% each required) from one distillery. Traditionally, it is distilled three times in a pot still. Up to 5% of other grains allowed. Must be aged for at least three years.
  • Cask Type
    ex-bourbon, finished in new Irish oak

Tasting Notes

"This whiskey has a fetching dawn amber color with smoke, caramel, and red apple aromas wafting from the glass. The palate is deeply concentrated with more orchard and tropical fruits mixed with vanilla, toffee, and honey. There's quite a bit of toast on the finish with a charcoal smoke, burning hay, and sesame seed under-taste. This dram definitely benefits from a drop or two of water or an ice shaving to open it up to fully appreciate its nuances. "

Score 92

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