The legendary Old Midleton Distillery, once famous for owning the largest pot stills in the world, has been closed since 1975. The New Midleton Distillery, home to such iconic Irish whiskeys as Jameson, Red Breast and Powers, among many, took its space and remains Ireland’s largest whiskey distillery.
While the original distillery is “quiet”, there are still rare stocks of its original distillate; securely fortified in one of the many warehouses on the distillery grounds.
Irish Distillers Ltd, the parent company of Midleton Distillery and a subsidiary of French drinks giant Pernod-Ricard, has just announced the release of one of the rarest bottles of Irish pot still whiskey ever bottled.: Midleton Silent Distillery Chapter Two, 46 YO, 53.6% ABV, 700 ml.
The whiskey was matured in a combination of ex-bourbon, Oloroso Sherry and Port casks before being finished in third-fill ex-bourbon casks. Only 70 bottles were produced.
The whiskey, which according to the distillery “reflects all the complexities, the traditional signature style of Old Midleton, originally curated by Max Crockett,” has gone “from Master Distiller to Master Distiller, until Kevin O ‘Gorman finally saw this truly unique Irish whiskey reach the top of Its perfection. ”
Celtic Whiskey Shop has an allotment of a bottle of this rare Irish whiskey and has decided to auction it off through their online platform www.celticwhiskeyauction.com, instead of selling it in the shop, hoping to raise much needed funds for one of Their charitable partners, Down Syndrome Dublin.
The bottle will be the centerpiece of the Celtic Whiskey Auctions online auction in October, where all profits (above the cost of the bottle) will be donated to Down Syndrome Dublin.
The October auction started on Monday 25 October and runs for two weeks and ends sometime in the evening of 8 November. The highlighted item is bottle number 12 of only 70 in the world. This item has a reserve of € 40,000 / $ 46,400.
Owner Ally Alpine, founder of the Celtic Whiskey brand, said
We have been working closely with Down Syndrome Dublin for many years now as a charity partner for our event, Whiskey Live Dublin, but unfortunately the event could not take place due to Covid-19. Therefore, we hope that any funds raised from this very special bottle of Midleton will help remedy this.
Founded by Celtic Whiskey Shop, Celtic Whiskey Auction was launched in November 2018, and runs one of the largest monthly whiskey and spirits auctions in Ireland with predominantly Irish whiskeys and regularly offers rare, collectible and unusual whiskey expressions.
This is not the first time Celtic Whiskey Auction has teamed up with Irish Distillers for a charitable bottling. In July 2020, bottle number 1 of Redbreast Dream Cask 28-year-old Ruby Port Cask was auctioned off in aid of the charity Mary’s Meals, which raised funds to feed children in poor parts of the world.