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Midleton Dair Ghaelach - Grinsell's Wood Tree 9 (Virgin Irish Oak Collection)

(70cl, 58.2%)

Midleton Dair Ghaelach - Grinsell's Wood Tree 9 (Virgin Irish Oak Collection)

Midleton Dair Ghaelach 9 Bottling Note

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.

This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed photos just get in touch!

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Well aged bourbon matured pot still notes of vanilla, banana and pineapple work well with the Irish oak's contribution of darker woodland spice, cinnamon, coffee and redcurrant.

Palate: Spicy oak, fresh straw, plenty of vanilla fudge, pineapple (wakamomo?), a little cocoa sprinkled on caramelised apple. Rich allspice.

Finish: Very long and increasingly wood spice-driven.

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Midleton Dair Ghaelach - Grinsell's Wood Tree 9 (Virgin Irish Oak Collection) Reviews

These trees came from a fairy ring and there is magic in the barrel aging..

Nose: You just don't get this everyday. Be one with the tree. It's so bloody fresh.

Palate: Mossy, green leaf, spiced wood. So flipping balanced. 

After: The spice rolls, flipping spots of moss and green leaf at you.

1st December 2020

nectar of the gods!

Never have I imagined a whiskey as fine as this. Proud to be Irish when I first sipped this - nectar of the gods!

2nd September 2018

Truly great

Very very fine indeed. A sip can be felt and savoured for an age. The vapour is worth the price of admission alone. Superb.

12th August 2018

Worth putting away - if you can...

A drop of water releases something very special in this cask strength aromatic beauty. A smart investors whiskey - if I could only keep one closed!

6th May 2017

Quality Whiskey!

I haven't had the pleasure to try anything better than this. Strong, powerful stuff. I like it with a few drops of water. What a finish. Ordered another bottle from tree no7 as I'm afraid when it's gone it'll be hard to replace. I tip my hat to you at Midleton.

30th July 2016

Excellent stuff!

Even with so many whiskey options in the world I'll probably get a second bottle of this. Well worth the price to me.

11th June 2016


This is incredible stuff! Easily one of the best Irish whiskeys I have ever had. It's powerful, smooth and full of flavor.

2nd March 2016

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