It’s difficult not to fall in love with Adare Manor, which reopened its doors to guests last year following a 21-month renovation. The 840-acre five-star estate hotel in County Limerick resides in a neogothic building boasting 365 windows, 52 chimneys, seven Great Hall pillars and four towers symbolising the seasons, which has been transformed by stained glass, ornate fireplaces and fine woodwork throughout.
Now there’s another incentive to check into the hotel, as it unveils its Midleton Very Rare Single Cask Irish Whiskey – a collaboration with County Cork brand Midleton Very Rare – which will be launched at a tasting event on November 4, when 22 guests will join master distillers Brian Nation and Barry Crockett in the fireside Tack Room bar. Those who book for the event will be the first to sample the spirit and will receive their own personal bottle to take home following a one-night stay at the hotel (tickets are priced at €2,000, the same price as a bottle of the whiskey).
This single-cask Irish whiskey is a single-pot distillate made from malted and unmalted barley, put through Midleton’s copper pot stills three times and left for 23 years to mature in an American oak barrel, previously used for storing bourbon. The final result has a deep nose, followed by a tasty swirl of sandalwood, toffee, vanilla, coffee, zest and dark chocolate.