Midleton Dair Ghaelach: Grinsell’s Forest Tree 9

$ 680

The Midleton Dair Ghaelach range is a unique adventure for Irish whiskey. In collaboration with professional Irish forestry consultants*, Kevin O’Gorman selected Grinsell’s Wood within the Ballaghtobin Estate, Co. Kilkenny, to provide the oak for the first in a series of Dair Ghaelach estate releases in the coming years. Each bottle can be traced back to one of ten 130-year-old trees in Grinsell’s Wood, which were felled in April 2012. To craft the oak into barrels, fellow artisans at the Maderbar sawmills in Baralla, north-west Spain, used the quarter-sawing process to cut the trees into staves under the watchful eye of the Midleton Masters. Master Cooper, Ger Buckley, then accompanied the staves on the ten-hour journey to the Antonio Páez Lobato Bodega cooperage in Jerez, where they were laid out for drying. After 15 months, the staves were worked into 48 XX litre barrels, each with a medium toast, and shipped back to The Midleton Distillery, Co. Cork.

As each different tree resulted in differences in taste. The expected vanilla and woodland fragrances of the Irish Oak are obvious, while the Midleton Dair Ghaelach Tree 9 is also notable for its heavy oiliness, Christmas spice, with hints of tropical fruit throughout.

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