The Festival

Once-in-a-lifetime Irish whiskey events, live at Gormley's Pub

We invite you to join us for one or both of our Irish whiskey tasting events being held at Gormley's Pub in Rocky River, Ohio, which will include the opportunity for a select few people to enjoy the world’s first public tasting of one of the rarest, most sought after, and most expensive bottles of Irish whiskey ever released.

The Festival of Midleton Whiskey is a two-day celebration of Irish whiskey which aims to raise vital funds for Malachi House in Cleveland, an organization that seeks to preserve human dignity for terminally ill individuals through the provision of food, shelter, clothing and comfort.

On December 6th a never-before assembled lineup of several of the best Irish whiskeys currently available will sampled in a special event.

 

On December 7th, a bottle of Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Chapter 2 will be opened, tasted, and enjoyed by a select group of 20 participants.

 

One of only 70 bottles ever produced, this 46-year-old Single Pot Still whiskey (retailing at $45,000/bottle) is the oldest whiskey ever to be released from the famed Midleton Distillery in County Cork, Ireland and only a very limited number of people will have the chance to taste the rarest bottle of Irish whiskey to ever be opened in Ohio.

 

Barry Chandler, whiskey expert and founder of Stories & Sips, will present this celebration of Irish whiskey live at Gormley’s Pub while Midleton Distillery Master Distiller Kevin O’Gorman and Blender Dave McCabe will join virtually to lead us through a tasting of the most sought-after Irish whiskeys in the world.

These events will be held at Gormley's Pub in Rocky River, Ohio. In the four and a half years since its opening, Gormley's Pub has become the premier Irish pub in greater Cleveland offering patrons the freshest, best tasting pint of Guinness in the area, the finest collection of whiskeys, Irish and otherwise, and live music several nights every month.

 

Guests can choose from two options and tickets for each are very limited. Below are the details for each option.

Night No. 1 ~ Monday, December 6th, 2021, 6:30pm to 9pm

Participants will enjoy an Irish whiskey tasting like none other ever assembled before, enjoying samples of several premium Irish whiskeys: Green Spot, Yellow Spot, Red Spot, Blue Spot, Redbreast Lustau, Redbreast 12, Redbreast 15 and Redbreast 21. This event will be hosted live and in-person by Barry Chandler and virtually by Midleton Blender Dave McCabe. Food will be served along with these great whiskeys and there will be a chance to participate in a raffle for some amazing whiskey prizes and swag to raise additional vital funds for Malachi House.

 

Tickets for Night No. 1 on December 6th $135ea + tax, and can be purchased by clicking here.

Night No. 2 ~ Tuesday, December 7th, 2021, 6:30pm to 9pm

Event night two participants will also be invited to participate in event night one as well as night two.  Night two participants will be treated to tasting of Redbreast 27, Midleton Very Rare 2020 or 2021 (tbd) and the exclusive premier tasting of the 46-year-old Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Chapter 2 of which only 70 bottles were produced and this will be the first bottle and likely the only bottled ever opened for public consumption.This event will be hosted live and in-person by Barry Chandler and virtually by Midleton Master Distiller Kevin O’Gorman. Food will be served along with these great whiskeys and and guests participating in event night number 2 also will receive some luxury goodies to take away complete with one-off clothing items to commemorate the tasting festival, a Waterford crystal decanter and glassware as well as a host of other surprises.

Tickets for Night No. 2 (which includes Night No. 1) are $2350 each including tax+fees can be purchased directly from Sean Gormley by calling (440) 554-3530

 

Malachi House

Festival of Whiskeys Fundraising Partner

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Malachi House was founded in 1988 through a pioneering effort to preserve human dignity for terminally ill individuals. The inspiration for the House came from the ministry of Fr. Paul Hritz and the St. Malachi Church parishioners who often encountered homeless individuals dying under bridges, in cars, deserted buildings and other unsuitable places within the city. Since 1988, Malachi House has served 2,522+ residents, served 478,880 meals, provided 280,320+ hours of 24/7 care, and coordinated 200,488+ volunteer hours. Learn more about Malachi House here.

 

The Whiskey

Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Chapter 2

While Old Midleton Distillery was famous throughout the world for its single pot still Irish whiskey, by the time the spirit for Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection Chapter Two was laid down in the early 1970s, single pot still Irish whiskey had almost disappeared as a category. It was the then Master Distiller Max Crockett’s unyielding dedication to the style and its enduring quality that paved the way for this extraordinary release today.

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​Distilled in the world’s largest copper pot still, Chapter Two enjoyed an exceptional maturation journey, ageing over an unprecedented 46 years. Initially filled into a selection of sherry and bourbon casks and left undisturbed for over 20 years, the whiskey was then married and recasked into refill bourbon casks under the guardianship of Barry Crockett, Master Distiller and son of Max. Years passed and the whiskey was later recasked into newly arrived port pipes and once again laid down, gaining further depth and complexity until deemed to have acquired the optimum rich fruit and oak contribution sought out by the Master Distiller. For the concluding part of the journey, the whiskey finally rested in a refill Bourbon cask, allowing the many influences to combine and further evolve under the stewardship of distillers Brian Nation (Master Distiller 2013 – 2020) and Kevin O’Gorman (current Master Distiller).

 

Kevin O’Gorman is only the fourth person in 75 years to hold the title of Master Distiller at Midleton Distillery.

 

Staying true to its proud Irish heritage and luxury craftsmanship, Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection Chapter Two has been decanted into hand-blown and etched crystal decanter bottles, produced by Ireland’s Waterford Crystal, with each of the bottles individually numbered 1-70. The bottle comes displayed in a bespoke wooden cabinet handcrafted by Irish designer, John Galvin, using wood up to 200 years old from reclaimed oak whiskey vats in addition to ancient Elm and rare Japanese Tamo.