Another in Midleton’s incredible series of Dair Ghaelach whiskies. Dair Ghaelach translates as “Irish Oak”, an excellent name that describes perfectly what makes this dram so special. After being aged in former Bourbon casks for 15 to 22 years, the spirit is drawn from these casks and finished in Irish oak casks for a period. A fascinating dram, that really emphasises the oak and the unique qualities it brings to the whisky. The oak for these casks was sourced from woods local to the Cork distillery, at Grinsell’s Wood. Ont the nose, a rich oakiness takes hold immediately, with wonderful tropical ex-Bourbon notes of pineapple, over-ripe banana and peaches. The palate is spiced and rich, with a thick buttery mouthfeel, and strong tropical fruits again. A little red fruit arises at the end of the palate, with a hint of espresso. The finish is lingering, with intense bittersweet oak and woodspice. Bottled at 57.9%, and without chill-filtration or artificial colouring.