Whisky Focus - Method and Madness 31 Year Old Single Grain Irish Whiskey Review

Method and Madness 31 Year Old Single Grain Whiskey Review

6th March 2017
Review of the Method and Madness 31 Year Old Single Grain Single Cask whiskey.

Method and Madness 31 Year Old Single Grain Irish Whiskey.The Method and Madness whiskey range is a new premium range of Irish whiskeys from the Midleton Distillery. The range recently launched with just four whiskeys and sitting at the top of the new range is something very special and very limited, Method and Madness 31 Year Old Single Grain Single Cask Irish whiskey.

Single grain whiskey from Midleton is a rarity in itself but combined with the fact that it has been bottled at 31 years old makes this a very rare Irish whiskey. There is no twist in the maturation with this one, like their is with the other whiskeys in the new range, it was distilled in 1985 then matured for the full 31 years in a single refill American Bourbon barrel and bottled on the 11th July 2016. I suppose you could say the Method and the Madness was keeping this in their warehouse for the rather unconventional number of 31 years.

In total there are 3 Single Cask Method and Madness 31 year old Single Grain whiskeys which will be released in April 2017, one cask each in the UK, Ireland and France.

All 3 Single Casks have been bottled as all whiskey should be, non chill-filtered, natural colour and at a cask strength of 51.3%, 51.8 and 52.5% ABV.

The Method and Madness 31 Year Old Single Grain Single Cask Irish whiskey will be available from April in the UK, France and Ireland from this month with an RRP of 1500.

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

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose:  Deliciously enticing mature sweet bourbon sugars, honey, vanilla and some luscious fruit.

Taste: Sugars and honey just dance around the palate they are joined by some lovely vanilla and oak spice sandwiched between layers of fruit.

Finish: A lovely long finish, a delightfully slow fade of the honey and vanilla sweetness and delicate oak spices which is accompanied by a touch of orange.

Comment: This currently sits at the top of the new Method and Madness range, a position it is very worthy of. Grain whiskey is a style of whiskey which often benefits from spending a lot of years in a cask and after 31 years I can say this is an outstanding example of a mature Irish single grain whiskey.

It is so rare to see any style of Irish whiskey bottled at this age and a single grain whiskey from Midleton is almost just as rare and I am pleased to say that this single grain whisky can certainly hold its own amongst the best Irish whiskies be it single grain, malt or pot still.

SMW Single Grain Whisky Score 94/100

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