You can get it in most supermarkets or offlicienses. It costs 120 euro, but I would recommend getting it in the duty free at the airport, where it can be picked up for about 75 euro, assuming your friend is travelling out of the eurozone. The 2003 is deffinately in the duty free, as I saw it last time.
I would also recommend Redbreast, Greenspot, Jameson Gold, Blackbush, Bushmills 16..., which can be picked up for much cheaper.
The Midleton VR tastes nothing like any of these, though. It's different to any Irish whiskey I've tasted. It's not a monster of a whiskey, but is just beautiful (in my opinoin, of course). The other Midleton VR vintages are not as good.
They all are very nice - completely agree with you! The reason I purchased my Midleton Very Rare was I liked Redbreast, Greenspot, Jameson 12 etc.. My impression was that MVR is elegant, luscious, round, and downy but too subtle compared to other midletons. Even after your recommendation, I will think twice before buying MVR 2003. I mean, I am sure it is my type of malt but the price!..
I suppose it's good for me that I like the robust whiskies like Lagavulin and more elegant whiskies like Midleton VR. I can't lose. It's the 2003 Midleton VR that I really liked.
On the subject, I have bought a bottle of Powers 12 year old the other day. I hadn';t tasted it in a while. Jim Murray didn't rate it that highly in his book, but it's gone up near the top of my list again. Really excellent. It's just what I want in a whiskey. Incidentally, I bought it after having a sniff of an old empty bottle of the stuff.
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