By Emma Briones
Irish Distillers has unveiled a new range of experimental whiskeys, designed to “push the boundaries of Irish whiskey.” The new range is called Method and Madness, and aims to harness the creativity of Midleton’s whiskey masters through the fresh talent of its apprentices. Thus, the new range of whiskies is designed to reflect the next generation Irish spirit brand with a measure of curiosity and intrigue (Madness), while honoring the tradition and expertise grounded in generations at the Midleton Distillery (Method).
The Method and Madness range has launched with four Irish whiskeys, starting with the Single Grain Irish Whiskey Finished in Virgin Spanish Oak. This expression has matured in ex-Bourbon barrels and has been finished for 12 months in toasted, virgin Spanish Oak from Galicia, North West Spain. It has been bottled without chill-filtration at 46% ABV.
This Irish single grain is copper gold in the glass with long tears. On the nose is floral and sweet, with notes of fresh wood. There is creamy vanilla, with grassy notes and hints of spices.
The whiskey is medium-bodied and sweet. First, it starts with vanilla and warm toasted oak notes, followed by its fruitier side. There are pears and grapefruits, balanced with a gentle touch of spices, mainly cinnamon. There are also some cereal notes, mixed with a gentle touch of clove.
Method and Madness Single Grain has a lengthy finish. It is dry and spicy, with hints of sweet cereals and a gentle touch of oak.
The first expression of the Method and Madness range is a wonderful example of both single grains and Irish whiskey. It is a bold move to use virgin Spanish oak casks, and you can tell by the notes of fresh wood in the whiskey. Even though, the result is a nice and well-balanced single grain, fresh both on the nose and the palate and with its own character. A great start for what it looks like a great range of whiskies.
Only (officially) available in Ireland, Great Britain and France, Method and Madness Single grain is priced at €49.