The Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection is a collection of six releases. The first is a 45-year-old peated Irish single malt. There will be one release annually until the year 2025, ranging in age from 45 to 50 years old, all from the Old Midleton Distillery (operating 1825-1975). The last release will clash with Old Midleton Distillery’s 200th birthday. Tasting notes from the distillery: Nose: The first impression is very rich with deep, dark spices on a satisfying antique oak base. An earthy note of freshly cut peat, along with chamois leather, is lifted by a twist of grapefruit. The very old sherry wine seasoned hogshead cask contributes a touch of ripe honeydew melon and red berries as well as the sweet spices of toasted oak. Taste: Instantly rich with the initial peppery spices slowly softening as the influence of the malted barley shows through. Liquorice root, barley sugar and honey bring some sweetness, just given a little edge by a touch of sherbet. All build on a solid foundation of toasted oak. Finish: The rich spices and malted barley are slow to fade. 48 beautiful looking 750ml bottles in Ireland will retail at: €35,000.