Last week, master distiller Brian Nation launched the 2019 Midleton Very Rare. This annual act of faith began in 1984, one of the darkest periods for Irish whiskey, when just two distilleries remained on the island of Ireland: the Irish Distillers Midleton base, home of Jameson, Powers and Paddy; and Bushmills on the Antrim coast.
Back in the early 1980s, the Irish whiskey category contained a handful of well-known brands. These whiskeys had a good following in...
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