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Method and Madness 28 Year Old Ruby Port Pipe Single Cask


31st May 2018
Method and Madness launch a rare 28 year old Ruby Port Pipe matured single cask whiskey.

Method and Madness 28 Year Old Ruby Port Pipe Single Cask Irish Single Pot Still WhiskeyThis Method and Madness 28 Year Old Ruby Port Pipe Single Cask Single Pot Still whiskey is the second recent limited edition Irish single pot still whiskey release in the Method and Madness whiskey range, the experimental Irish whiskey brand from Irish Distillers which launched only last year.

This really is a special limited edition in that rarely do we ever see a single pot still single cask whiskey of this age, and to add to its rarity and inline with the experimental nature of the brand it has had a rather off the normal beaten track journey of maturation for a single pot still whiskey.

The 28 year old single pot still Irish whiskey matured initially for six years in American oak barrels, before being re-casked into a Ruby Port pipe for a further 22 years. The cask was carefully seasoned with a selection of wines to remove some of the heavy tannins and further seasoned with Ruby Port, infusing rich fruit flavours. Irish distillers tell me that the whiskey is alive with notes of ripe stone fruit on the nose and generous with vanilla and cinnamon on the palate, while the light pot still spices shine through on the long, satisfying finish.

The Method and Madness 28 Year Old is the second aged release in the Method and Madness range and the first aged single pot still whiskey in the range and as much as I would love to, I haven't had the chance to taste this so I cant comment on its quality, on paper it is very appealing indeed and you will find the short official tasting note for the whiskey below.

Dave McCabe, Apprentice Blender at Midleton Distillery, commented on the 28 year old limited edition, saying: "Method and Madness 28 Year Old Ruby Port Pipe marks the realisation of a 22-year-old prediction from the Midleton Masters, which stated that the marriage of flavours between a single pot still Irish whiskey and a Port pipe will one day achieve balance. Billy Leighton, our Master Blender, and I have been carefully monitoring the slowly evolving flavours of this rare and exceptional cask as part of my training as Apprentice Blender. It gives us great pleasure to be able to present it as the perfect harmony between whiskey, Port and wood."

Method and Madness 28 Year Old Ruby Port Pipe Cask No. 38624 is a limited release of 486 bottles and considering that it is 28 year old it has been bottled at a very impressive cask strength of 56.1% ABV. It will be available in the UK, France and Ireland (including Irish and French travel retail) and as you can imagine for such a rare and unique release you will need deep pockets if you want to taste this one, it has a RRP of 1,900.

You will soon find the new single pot still additions to the Method and Madness whiskey range as well as the existing expressions available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

The other new recent release in the Method and Madness range is the Method and Madness Virgin Hungarian Oak Finish Single Cask Single Pot Still whiskey which you can read about HERE
 

Method and Madness 28 Year Old Ruby Port Pipe Review


Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Fleshy mango, kiwi & green banana and ripe plums.

Taste: Vanilla & cinnamon, port wine and barley grains.

Finish: Lingering succulent fruits, toasted oak and light spice.
 

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