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If you’re a seasoned whiskey aficionado, you’ve likely sipped Jameson, the beloved Irish spirit that’s been a constant companion. But it’s time to elevate your whiskey game with a bottle of Midleton Very Rare, the premium sibling hailing from the same distillery. The latest masterpiece, Midleton Very Rare Forêt de Tronçais, takes the art of whiskey-making to new heights.

In 2017, master distiller Kevin O’Gorman embarked on a quest in France to discover an innovative wood for aging Irish whiskey. What he found was the T5 cask, crafted from oak sourced from the Tronçais forest in central France. These barrels, skillfully constructed by the renowned Taransaud cooperage, boast fine-grain wood seasoned for five years in open air, infusing any spirit with rich flavor, enticing aromas, and tannins. This extraordinary blend of single pot still and single grain whiskey, distilled from the 1980s to the 2000s, matured for decades in American oak ex-bourbon barrels and further refined in T5 barrels for three years, delivers an unforgettable tasting experience. Midleton Very Rare Forêt de Tronçais introduces herbal notes intertwined with orchard fruits and a hint of orange. Tannins from the French oak join the party, accompanied by chocolate honeycomb, vanilla, and subtle wood spice, all leading to a long, fruit-infused finish. And this exceptional whiskey arrives in a bottle that’s as magnificent as its contents – the azure hue of the orchid-adorned Midleton logo, encased in a cabinet crafted by French wood artisans from the very forest that bestowed the magical T5 casks.

This masterpiece carries a 48% ABV and is available in the U.S., Ireland, and select global locations, as well as global travel retail. A bottle of Midleton Very Rare Forêt de Tronçais can be yours for an MSRP of $5,000. If you’re eager to secure this liquid treasure, check the Midleton Very Rare website for availability or explore past vintages through ReserveBar and Wine.com.

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