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Method and Madness Acacia Wood Finish Review

16th September 2019
Review of the Method and Madness Irish Pot Still Acacia Wood Finish.

Method and Madness Irish Single Pot Still Acacia Wood FinishOne of two new limited edition Irish single pot still whiskey's released this month by the creative folks at he Midleton distillery in Cork, Ireland, the Method and Madness Irish Single Pot Still Acacia Wood Finish, a single pot still Irish whiskey that has been finished in barrels crafted from Acacia wood, sourced from France, for between one and four years.

Similar to the Method and Madness Wild Cherry Wood Finish which has been released along side it, the Acacia Wood Finish was initially matured in a combination of ex-Bourbon and sherry casks before being finished in the dense acacia wood for between one and four years which has a tight grain that is said to slowly impart rich nutty and chocolatey flavours and a dark mahogany hue.

Finbarr Curran, member of the Maturation Research Team at Midleton Distillery commented: "The density of the acacia wood presented a challenge in contrast to the wild cherry wood as the maturation process was much slower and required a close eye and nose to achieve the perfect balance. But it was well worth the wait."

Method and Madness Irish Single Pot Still Acacia Wood Finish is bottled at 46% ABV and is available exclusively through the Celtic Whiskey Shop in Ireland from September 2019 at the RRP of 92.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A gentle nose with a little honeyed sweetness, some lovely delicate pot still spices, red apples, raisins coconut ice, some Turkish delight and some sweet vanilla fudge hiding in the background.

Taste: Rich and juicy, toffee fruity sherry with a bitter sweet dark chocolate edge is joined by some deliciously sharp pot still spices which tantalise the palate, some late ginger joins the party.

Finish: A long finish with some lovely pot still spiciness, mild sherry which fades to leave some slightly drying oak and I am sure there is some acacia wood in there also?

Comment: An altogether richer pleasure experience than the Wild Cherry Finish, I suspect there was more sherry cask pot still in the mix with this one but with up to four years finishing in the acacia wood it has got to have had a say, did the acacia wood add the richness and the natural dark amber colour, if so this is a good discovery by the team at Midleton and a wood to explore. Whatever brought the richness it has created a deliciously different cracking pot still whisky which is worth seeking out if you are a fan of the Irish pot still.

SMW Single Pot Still Whiskey Score 90/100

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