Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Chapter One retails for $35,000 per bottle and is part of the world’s oldest Irish whiskey collection.

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Thought to be the world’s most expensive Irish whiskey, Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Chapter One, is available for purchase from February 18 if you happen to have $35k to spare.

Only 48 bottles of the Irish whiskey will be available for sale in Ireland, the UK, France, and the US. Two bottles will be sold via ballot system on The 1825 Room, the Midleton Very Rare online members’ program.

Irish whiskey lovers can register their interest to be entered into a lottery to purchase a bottle from 9 pm on February 18 for one week.

Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Chapter One will be decanted into hand-blown and etched crystal decanter bottles, produced by Ireland’s Waterford Crystal, with each of the bottles individually numbered. The bottle comes displayed in a wooden cabinet handcrafted by Irish designer, John Galvin, using wood up to 200 years old from ancient reclaimed whiskey vats.

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The release is the first from Ireland’s oldest ever whiskey collection, the Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection, all of which are produced at Midleton Distillery in Co Cork. The collection will feature six releases, one per year until 2025, ranging in age from 45 to 50 years old. The final release will coincide with the 200th birthday of the Old Midleton Distillery, which operated form 1825 -1975.

A ‘silent’ distillery is one that has closed its doors and been lost to ages past, achieving almost mythical status. As rumors of this ‘unicorn’ whiskey swirl around the whiskey world, these precious bottlings have become highly sought after by whiskey enthusiasts.  A traditional distillery, Old Midleton Distillery was famous throughout the world for its Irish whiskey, but when it closed its doors for the last time in 1975, it became an iconic part of Irish distilling legend.

I had the pleasure of visiting the old distillery a few years ago and had a most enjoyable day. Our group were invited to compete in a whiskey tasting competition. We all won and I still have my official certificate to prove my taste and affection for the world’s best whiskey.

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