First taste: the Irish whiskey that costs €35,000 a bottle

Just how good is the most expensive Irish whiskey ever sold?

€2,000 per shot: Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection Chapter One. Photograph: Midleton

€2,000 per shot: Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection Chapter One. Photograph: Midleton

Midleton Very Rare released the most expensive Irish whiskey on Monday. Costing €35,000 a bottle, Silent Distillery Collection Chapter One is the first in a collection of very old Irish whiskeys from Midleton, Co Cork. Besides the eye-watering price, the big question is: what does a €35,000 bottle of whiskey taste like?

I was given the opportunity to try a small sample at a special event in London. My carefully measured drop was probably worth about €2,000 per shot; I made sure I was going to savour and taste it very carefully.

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