What is a unicorn whiskey?
To me it’s a whiskey way above my price range – I max out at €100 – which is usually rare, a collector’s item, limited edition, first release or a combination of all.
Many are never opened.
I grasp any opportunity to sample such whiskey – tastings, whiskey shows, launch parties – or in this instance – miniatures.
I approach them with the same level of respect as that of a €20 bottle from the local supermarket.
They are opened, poured into a Tuath Glass & enjoyed.
Midleton Very Rare 2020, Blend, 40%
The MVR series is highly collectable – especially this one – as it’s the last under Brian Nation’s tenure.
Quite a light nose, sweet grain with woody oak enticing me in. A lovely mouthfeel with those oaky tannins drying out towards the finish.
Very approachable, enjoyable & complex – yet lacks a certain oomph.
Midleton Dair Ghaelach, Knockrath Forest Tree 7, Single Pot Still, 56.6%
Straight into a deep, dank woody close!
The richness of this whiskey is a sheer delight to enjoy.
Blue Spot 7 Year Old, Single Pot Still, 58.7%
The much anticipated completion of the Spot series.
After the other 2 – this was a bit of a let down.
Light & spirity on the nose – lacking the depth & complexity of the MVR’s – what sherry influence appeared was quickly blown away by the high ABV.
Not for me – even if it’s the only one I could afford!
I don’t lust after these whiskeys – nor am I prepared the break the bank for them. They are simply expensive whiskeys appealing to a demographic beyond me,
But that Knockrath Tree 7 is a lovely tipple to lose yourself in!