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Method and Madness Single Grain Irish Whiskey Review

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

Method and Madness Single Grain Irish WhiskeyOne of four initial bottlings in the new Method and Madness Irish whiskey range this Method and Madness Single Grain Irish whiskey is a style of whiskey which has never really been available commercially from the Midleton distillery before now.

In line with the Method and Madness theme this is no straight forward American Bourbon cask matured single grain whiskey, after maturing in ex-Bourbon barrels to achieve a light, perfumed flavour on the grain whiskey, it was then uniquely finished for around 12 months in toasted, virgin Spanish sherry oak casks from Galicia in North West Spain.

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 Grain whiskey will be available in the UK, France and Ireland (including Irish travel retail) from this month with an RRP of 49

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

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose:  Soft sweet vanilla merges with light buttery corn and a very gentle touch of sherried fruit.

Taste: A honey and vanilla sweetness is joined by a mild spiced pear fruitiness followed by some delicious light sherried fruit notes.

Finish: Long. A lovely balance of sugars and spices, the sugars fade first leaving some lingering delicate mildly drying sherry oak and a very light touch of liquorice.

Comment: Using a sherry cask for a delicate spirit such as single grain whiskey can be a mad thing to do as it can sometimes overwhelm the grain character but on this occasion the 12 month sherry cask finish has added a lovely delicate sherry dimension to the single grain character. This has no age statement but I would say it is a lovely mature single grain which still has a vibrancy about it. The finish is deliciously long and long may this single grain whiskey be part of the new Method and Madness range.

It is great to finally see a single grain whiskey from the folks at Midleton and I am pleased to say it is a good one, a delicious, high quality, sherry finished Irish single grain whiskey with a deliciously long finish.

SMW Single Grain Whisky Score 90/100

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