Whisky Focus - Method and Madness Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Review

Method and Madness Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Review

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

Method and Madness Single Pot Still Whiskey.This Method and Madness Single Pot Still Irish whiskey is one of four initial whiskey releases in the new Irish Distillers Method and Madness whiskey range.

Method and Madness wouldn't quite be an Irish whiskey range if it didn't have at least one Single Pot Still whiskey in it and nobody does pot still whiskey better than the folks at Midleton and as this is a premium range of Irish whiskey you can be sure they have released something special.

In line with the theme of the new range this is no standard pot still whiskey, this has a twist. It is a vatting of pot still whiskey which has matured in American Bourbon casks and a little ex-Oloroso sherry cask matured whiskey which has been brought together and finished rather uniquely in Chestnut wood casks sourced from the Isére region in France. I believe the use of Chestnut casks to finish the whiskey is a world first so hats off to Midleton Master Cooper Ger Buckley for his role in this unique whiskey.

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 Pot Still whiskey will be available in the UK, France and Ireland (including Irish travel retail) from this month with an RRP of €69

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

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose:  A lovely enticingly rich nose. Sweet vanilla fudge, raisins, red berries, and just the very slightest hint of pot still spice.

Taste: Delicious mouth coating pot still spices between layers of sweet fruit. Some orangey notes, raisins, ripe pears, cinnamon, some drying wood spice and just a touch of bitter sweet dark chocolate keeping the fruit in check.

Finish: Long, bourbony liquorice, a delicious mix of pot still and sherried fruit slowly fades leaving some lovely lingering and mildly drying oak spice or may that be chestnut spice.

Comment: A deliciously rich mix of pot still and sherried fruit with a nice touch of interesting wood spice thrown in. You can tell that this is a single pot still whiskey but with a bit of a different wood twist which really lingers long into the finish. An outstanding single pot still with a very interesting and enjoyable twist, great stuff from the folks at Midleton. I hate to say it but some of the big players in Scotland could learn a thing or two from the innovative and creative, or should I say methodically mad, folks at Midleton and the whiskey they are producing for our pleasure.

SMW Single Pot Still Whiskey Score 93/100

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