The first expression in this range, a 45 year old single malted, was unveiled in February 2020. Now the second chapter of the six-part series by Pernod Ricard’s Irish Distillers Midleton Very rare Silent Distillery Collection has been introduced and collectors will be a third of the way there to get hold of Ireland’s oldest, or at least ultra-aged, whiskey collection.
# 2 is a 46 year old single pot Irish whiskey that was distilled in 1973 when the single pot Irish whiskey did not exist when the liquid was barreled for Chapter 2 in the 1970s. The whiskey was first poured into a selection of sherry and bourbon casks and stored for over 20 years. He was then married and transferred to bourbon refill barrels under the supervision of master distiller Barry Crockett and his son Max.
After a few more years, the always precious whiskey was later poured into new port pipes and left to rest. Finally the liquid was poured into a refill bourbon keg. The print has been directed by several master distillers, including Brian Nation (2013-2020) and Kevin O’Gorman, who started in the role a year ago.
O’Gorman said, “Like the distillate itself, the maturation journey of this whiskey is both complex and rare. The craft of recasking requires incredible attention to detail and constant sensory evaluation. If managed successfully, an exquisite whiskey of great complexity can be made.
The collection is inspired by the elements of nature – water, fire, earth and wood. The packaging for Chapter 2 pays homage to the role of water and the Dungourney River. Each subsequent version reflects the element that most influenced the creation. The bottle comes in a hand-blown crystal carafe made by Ireland’s Waterford Crystal and in a cabinet made of up to 200 year old wood from reclaimed oak whiskey vats and elm and rare Japanese tamo.
Only 70 bottles of whiskey are available at $ 45,000 / EUR 40,000 / £ 38,000 per bottle. It is available in Ireland, the UK, the US, France and in travel retailers around the world.