Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy Review

Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy Review
Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy is a single pot still whiskey (malted and unmated barley) that is triple distilled in the traditional Irish fashion and then “exclusively matured in American bourbon barrels”. It is a NAS whiskey and while they don’t disclose what the youngest whiskies in here are, the oldest in this bottle is 25 years which is where some of the light woody notes come from.

So who is Barry Crockett and why does he get a whiskey named after himself? With no apparent relation to the infamous Davy Crockett, Barry Crockett is the 2nd generation master distiller at Midleton (makers of Jameson) and is one of the key figures working to bring more single pot still whiskies into the world. Which is something I, as an Irish whiskey fan, am incredibly grateful for because it really is it’s own unique and delicious style with nuances in flavor and aroma that I truly enjoy.

Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy Review

Bottle: 032275

ABV: 46%
Age: NAS
Price: $220*
Distiller: Midleton
Mashbill: Malted & unmalted barley

Light caramel

Malt, banana heavy fruit, grassy honey, butterscotch, coppery single pot still notes, buttered popcorn, vanilla, citrus, peaches and it just keeps going on… and on… and on. It has a wonderfully complex nose. Have I mentioned before that I love Irish whiskey?

Complexity, complexity, complexity. Caramel, malt, sweet cream, vanilla, that coppery single pot still character, light complex fruit notes, cinnamon heavy spice, honey and more. Simply put, it’s tasty.

Malt, caramel and fruit fade oh so slowly to a sweet woody note.

Comes together very well. Nicely balanced, a soft full body and a lovely oily texture complete the picture.

The sweet coppery and malty nose bolstered by dark sweet notes… awesome. The sweet dessert and rich malty character sitting side by side on the palate with some complex fruit… awesome. The sweet fruity and woody finish… awesome. I hope you see the trend.

SCORE: 94/100


*Disclosure: This sample of Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy was graciously sent to me by the company for the purposes of this review. The views, opinions, and tasting notes are 100% my own.
Josh Peters

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6 Responses to Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy Review

  1. I bought a bottle of the Barry Crockett after getting an unexpected spot-bonus at work, which was the perfect occasion to indulge my desire to try all Irish whiskeys. And? It’s good! I really enjoyed it, and I very much took the time to experience it the right way. Lots of nosing and swirling and contemplating and mulling and staring off into the distance as I drank it. So I enjoyed it and can definitely recognize it as a fine premium whiskey, but I can’t imagine dropping $200+ again for it.

    For one thing, in my opinion, the Midleton Very Rare is the superior dram and costs almost a hundred dollars less. For another, there are several other SPS Irish whiskeys that I prefer over either of these Midleton offerings. The Jameson Black Barrel is my daily drink, and Green Spot is my every-third-day-mixing-it-up drink as well as the whiskey I’ll give to newcomers.

    But the Barry Crockett is a nice drink, and I’m happy to know I still have about a quarter of a bottle left in my cabinet. As my wife and children just left town for two days (WHEE!), I’m now very much inspired to break it out tonight and give it another round.

  2. How does this compare to the Bushmills 21 or Redbreast 21?
    I ask because I’m looking to splurge a bit on an Irish very soon.

    Also, thanks for all the great reviews!

      • Thanks so much for the response.
        We ended up with the Bushmills 21, Redbreast 12 cask strength, and the 2013 Midleton Very rare.
        The Bushmills is not to my taste (but my gf loves it). For whatever reason, I couldn’t shake the smell of urine that the Bushmills imposed on me. It may be because it was my first Irish single malt (heretofore I’ve only experienced pure pot stills like the Spots and Redbreast, and blended Irish like Jameson). It was both hugely sweet and salty but the unpleasant aroma I mentioned just persisted (its finish is the longest I’ve ever experienced outside of some Islays).
        The Midleton VR was, however, extraordinary. Hands down the most complex Irish I’ve yet encountered. I admit I didn’t appreciate at first, but the combination of its evolution in the bottle and sipping it in various circumstances over a period of time has resulted in my biggest turnaround based on first impressions yet.
        We’ve had our eye on the RB21 for awhile but, in our area, it sits at the magical intersection of expensive (haven’t seen it for less than about $350) and hard to find.
        Right now we’re looking at grabbing a bottle of the Grinsell’s, but that depends on a friend being able to actually acquire one for us and then keep it until we can meetup (we live in Massachusetts, BTW, so… Blue Laws prevail!).
        In the meantime I’m seriously eyeing that Barry Crockett… 🙂

        • Nice Liam, thanks for reporting back! I love the Bushmills 21, but to each their own. I can find the Redbreast 21 here, but I’m in the same boat with how expensive it is, but that Barry Crockett… man it’s good.


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