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Method And Madness Rye and Malt Review

24th September 2021
Method And Madness Rye and Malt the first release of a whiskey distilled at the Midleton Micro Distillery the innovative experimental distillery located within the Midleton Distillery in County Cork.

Method And Madness Rye and MaltIrish Distillers launched their Method and Madness whiskey range back in early 2017 and at the same time they unveiled to the world the Midleton Micro Distillery located within their Midleton Distillery site in County Cork which has now been in operation since 2015.

The Midleton Micro Distillery is not a 24 hour per day, 7 days per week set up producing the maximum capacity of whiskey it can, the Micro Distillery is an experimental distillery, an outlet for the whiskey makers at Midleton where both master and apprentice whiskey makers, can experiment and use their innovation.

Fast forward to today and those innovative folks at Midleton have unveiled the first aged experimental distillate created at the Midleton Micro Distillery to be released to date, Method And Madness Rye and Malt.

Method And Madness Rye and Malt has been created by Irish Distillers’ next generation of innovative whiskey makers, hand-crafted in the Micro Distillery under the care and creativity of Distiller Katherine Condon, who originally joined Irish Distillers as part of the company’s Graduate Distiller Programme in 2014.

The whiskey is said to represent the young team’s fearless and relentless approach to trial and error. First experimenting in the lab to discover the ideal ratio of 60% rye to 40% malt, Condon and the team then took advantage of the Micro Distillery’s manual processes, trailing varying rates of reflux and distillation to achieve the perfect crisp yet spicy flavour.

The Micro Distillery team double-distilled the mash of 60% rye and 40% malted barley and laid it down to mature in ex-bourbon American oak barrels and the resultant and aptly named whiskey, Method And Madness Rye and Malt, has now been bottled as all whiskey should be, non chill-filtered, naturally coloured and at a very palatable flavoursome strength of 46% ABV.

Celebrating the launch of Method And Madness Rye and Malt, Katherine Condon comments: "It has been an honour to be part of the Micro Distillery team from its inception in 2015 to today, sharing the first ever drops of whiskey produced there with the world".

Condon drew inspiration from the personal notebooks of John Jameson III dating back to 1857, where the inclusion of rye was recorded in various mash bills.

"We have been inspired by the innovators in Irish whiskey who came before us. In turn, we have questioned tradition and challenged convention to follow their inspiration and drive the Irish whiskey category forward for a new generation of creators, consumers, and indeed, suppliers", she explains.

Midleton Micro Distillery copper pot stills.

Eva O'Doherty, newly appointed Distiller at the Micro Distillery, adds: "While this whiskey has been maturing, we have not rested on our laurels. We have continued in earnest to experiment with new mash bills. It is a great privilege and responsibility to help shape the future of Irish whiskey, and Method And Madness Rye and Malt represents the first in an incredible pipeline of innovation from this distillery.”

Method And Madness Rye and Malt has a RRP of £95 and is available at Dublin airport as well as from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

Method And Madness Rye and Malt Review

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Lemon zest infused barley sugar, a touch of sweet coconut with a delicious gentle peppery spicy edge.

Taste: The crisp rye takes the lead role amongst the lemon zest and delicious sugars which has been joined by some melon, a little vanilla and honey, deliciously peppery, spiced oak, a wee touch of liquorice.

Finish: The fruit slowly bows out and the barley sugars and rye spices hang in their for an age.

Comment: Loved it! Yes it is a touch youngish but still a very flavoursome, spicy, pleasure experience, the fresh fruity rye on the nose leads to and equally pleasurable tongue tingling spicy ride and a lovely long sweet spicy finish all with a lovely fruit infusion. Will this 60% rye to 40% malt mash bill go into full production at Midleton, I certainly hope so.

SMW Score 92/100

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