Review #771 – Midleton Dair Ghaelach Grinsell’s Wood

Review #771 | /r/WorldWhisky Review #31 – Midleton Dair Ghaelach Grinsell’s Wood

The Schtick: Gesundheit. This was sent to me as a blind sample. I reviewed it live on the official Whiskey Network Discord server and got the reveal so that I could type up this review.

“Irish Distillers’ first ever virgin Irish oak (Dair Ghaelach in Gaelic) finished whiskey! Single pot still whiskeys that had matured for between 15 and 22 years in ex-bourbon casks were selected for this release and married together before being filled into the Irish oak hogsheads.

Sustainable oak was used for Dair Ghaelach, with trees felled in Grinsell’s Wood within Ballaghtobin Estate back in 2010 being transported to north west Spain to be expertly quarter-sawn. After this they head over to Antonio Páez Lobato cooperage in Jerez down in the south. Here the staves dry for fifteen months before being turned into hogsheads and receiving a medium char.” – Master of Malt


Distiller: Midleton

Bottler: Midleton

ABV: 58.2% ABV

Age: NAS (Blend of 15-22yr old casks, according to marketing material)

Source: Sample


Nose: Maple, pepper, tobacco, melon and caramel.

Taste: Sweet, thin to medium mouthfeel, mild heat, vanilla, dry tobacco, cocoa.

Finish: Medium length, rich spice, clove, pepper, tobacco, brown sugar, mild cocoa and lots of toffee.

Overall + Guess: It’s very rye like, but not a spice bomb. Interesting blend of sweet, butter feel and dry spice. Also lots of cocoa, pepper, floral and fruity notes. I don’t think it’s a scotch, and I’m sure it’s not bourbon, so I am going to go Fifty Shades of Weird and guess that this is a weird finished rye, or maybe a really dry rum. The cocoa, tobacco, maple, and floral fruits are really giving me pause here. I’ll guess 8-10 years, 46% – 51% ABV. Really not sure what to guess, but unless it was really reasonably priced, I probably would pass on it.

Reveal: Midleton Dair Ghaelach. Really interesting. Wouldn’t have thought for a moment that this would have been Irish, but looking at my notes, I can sort of see the connection. Whooshed by me at guessing time, though. Super cool to try, really sobering to see what I thought it was vs what it is, especially at the price of acquisition, but I’m ok with it.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 5


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