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Method and Madness Single Malt Irish Whiskey Review


6th March 2017
Review of the Method and Madness Single Malt whiskey.

Method and Madness Single Malt Irish WhiskeyThis Method and Madness Single Malt Irish whiskey is one of four initial bottlings in the new Method and Madness Irish whiskey range and the first ever single malt release from the Midleton distillery.

Wait a minute I hear you say, Midleton doesn't produce a single malt Irish Whiskey, you are correct this whiskey was distilled at the Bushmills distillery on the north coast of Northern Ireland back in 2002 when Irish Distillers, owners of Midleton, also owned Bushmills.

The single malt was laid down to mature in American Bourbon barrels at the Midleton distillery in 2002 and keeping to the theme of the new Method and Madness range this is no straight forward triple distilled Irish single malt whiskey, the masters and apprentices of Midleton have added their own twist to this single malt, a portion of the new single malt has been finished for 12 months in unseasoned French Limousin Oak casks.

Note that rather uniquely, I said only a portion of the whiskey was finished in Limousin Oak casks and for that reason this is not a Limousin Oak cask  finish whiskey but a Limousin Oak cask Enhanced whiskey.

It has been bottled as all whiskey should be, non chill-filtered, natural colour and at a very palatable strength of 46% ABV.

The Method and Madness Single Malt whiskey will be available in the UK, France and Ireland (including Irish travel retail) from this month with an RRP of 79

You will also soon find it available from specialist online whisky retailers such as Master of Malt


William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose:  Sweet, malty, a mix of apricot and gooseberry, just a hint of spice.

Taste: Creamy vanilla toffee with a just a touch of bitterness which stops the sweet barley sugars running the show, a little cinnamon and the apricot and gooseberry fruit notes from the nose.

Finish: A medium to long finish with a barley sugar sweetness which fades to leave a rather drying woody end to the fun.

Comment: This may have been distilled in Bushmills but it is unlike any Bushmills you may have experienced, it has certainly been subjected to Midleton's Method and Madness and is a very interesting and very enjoyable triple distilled Irish single malt whiskey.

Putting the 31 year old single grain to one side, between the Method and Madness single grain, single pot still and this single malt, this was my pick from when I attended the launch of the new whiskeys in Dublin but after tasting all the whiskeys a few times now with a fresh palate I am more impressed with the single pot still.

Considering what few whiskeys that are released from Bushmills this is a welcome addition for whiskey fans wanting to explore something different from the north coast of Ireland distillery.

With an RRP of 79 it is certainly worth a try for any Irish whiskey fan.

SMW Score 88/100
 

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