Midleton Very Rare – MVR – is highly collectible, highly sought after & very highly revered in Irish Whiskey.
Yet every time I sample one I ask myself, ‘ Is that it?’.
They are all very nice whiskey – but rather soft, subtle & understated.
Given the plethora of new brands & distilleries, MVR can often get lost in the excitement that’s out there.
On a blind tasting – despite acknowledging the whiskey was well balanced, cultured & aged – I gave pole position to a more affordable blend that engaged with me better.
I had the wonderful opportunity to share a few glasses of MVR 2021 with a friend who received one as a present – but in all honesty I won’t be lusting after it nor putting it on a pedestal.
A very enjoyable whiskey – if you can afford it.
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