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Method and Madness Wild Cherry Wood Finish Review

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

Method and Madness Irish Pot Still Wild Cherry 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 Pot Still Wild Cherry Wood Finish was initially matured in a combination of ex-Bourbon and sherry casks before being finished in nine casks crafted from wild cherry wood, sourced from France, for between seven months and four years.

The folks at Midleton tell me that this is the first time any whiskey has been finished in cherry wood, they say that the wood from the cherry tree is characterised by its porosity, which results in significant interaction between the wood and the whiskey and they tell me that it has added complex flavours of shredded ginger, coconut and black tea to the ex-bourbon and sherry cask-matured whiskey.

Kevin OGorman, Master of Maturation at Midleton Distillery, commented: "Since 2014, our research into maturation in different wood types has challenged our expertise and approach to whiskey-making but none so much as our experimentations with wild cherry casks. The rare, porous wood is different to anything that we have handled before, so it has been a real achievement to create the perfect balance of flavour the result is a world-first in Irish whiskey."

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

Method and Madness Irish Single Pot Still Wild Cherry Wood Finish is available in six markets, including Ireland, the UK and global travel retail, from September 2019 at the RRP of 92.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A gentle touch of fresh oak perhaps its cherry wood, a little sweet coconut, vanilla and a touch of ripe pear and just a hint of pot still spice.

Taste: A little sweet vanilla and orange balances with some light barley edged cocoa, a little cinnamon, some drying toasted wood (oak perhaps cherry) spice, a little pepper, a touch of dark chocolate and a little late nuttiness.

Finish: Long, the pot still spices peak then fade, some ginger, just a wee touch of sherry, a lingering gentle mix of sweetness and spice which becomes drying.

Comment: The sherry influence is very light so I am guessing the sherry casks were not a big contributor, undoubtedly a pot still whiskey and a lovely fresh clean one. A gentle easy drinking pot still dram

SMW Single Pot Still Whiskey Score 86/100

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