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Method and Madness Virgin Hungarian Oak Finish

31st May 2018
Method and Madness add a Virgin Hungarian Oak Finish whiskey to the range.

Method and Madness Virgin Hungarian Oak FinishMethod and Madness, the experimental Irish whiskey brand from Irish Distillers which launched last year has unveiled two new Irish Single Pot Still whiskey's and inline with the experimental nature of the brand both the new whiskey's are the result of the innovative and perhaps a little mad off the usual beaten track methods of whiskey production employed by the whiskey creators at the Midleton Distillery in Cork, Ireland.

The first of the two new whiskey's is the Method and Madness Virgin Hungarian Oak Finish single pot still whiskey which was initially matured in a combination of first-fill and re-fill American Bourbon oak barrels and then finished in virgin Hungarian oak which was felled in the Carpathian Mountain range in the North East of Hungary, where volcanic soils are best suited to the growing of Quercus Petraea.

Irish Distillers tell me that this is the first Irish whisky to be finished in Hungarian Oak, the oak was harvested in winter and air-dried for two years at the Kádár sawmills in Tokaj.

Whether the nationality of Quercus Petraea oak actually has a unique influence on a whiskey I cannot comment and what influence this virgin Hungarian oak has had on this latest Method and Madness whiskey and as to the quality of the whiskey I cant comment as I haven't had a chance to taste it. All I can say is the folks at Midleton put a lot of effort into creating this new whiskey range, it is billed as a premium range and given my experience of the first 4 releases when the range launched last year I would expect these latest additions to the range to be something worth trying. I will certainly update you if I taste it and give you my comments as to its quality but meanwhile the official tasting note for the Method and Madness Virgin Hungarian Oak Finish is below.

Kevin O’Gorman, Master of Maturation at Midleton Distillery, commented on the use of Hungarian Oak to finish this new single pot still addition to the Method and Madness range saying: "Our quest for uncommon casks has led us all over the world. We were especially intrigued by the Quercus Petraea from North East Hungary and the unique properties that it could add to our flavour repertoire as whiskey makers. At Midleton Distillery over the past few years, we have been experimenting with Hungarian virgin oak casks – a trial and error process that we are incredibly proud to have finally mastered. The result is a new first for Irish whiskey that continues to challenge perceptions of what the category can be."

Method and Madness Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Finished in Virgin Hungarian Oak has no age statement, it is non chill-filtered and bottled at 46% ABV and will be available in the UK, France and Ireland (including Irish and French travel retail), RRP €89.

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 28 Year Old Ruby Port Pipe Single Cask Single Pot Still whiskey which you can read about HERE

Method and Madness Virgin Hungarian Oak Finish Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Treacle, toffee, toasted coconut and campfire ashes.

Taste: Silky smooth richness, bittersweet liquorice and dry woodland notes.

Finish: Dissipating spice and toasted Oak.

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