With innovation at their heart, Method and Madness create some really intriguing drams.
Their Hungarian oak matured Irish Whiskey is a shining example of how they think outside the barrel to create incredible whiskey.
Midleton Distillery, owned by the Irish Distillers group and used to make many different brands of Whisky, is well known for being at the forefront of distilling in Ireland.
What an exciting place to be! And with Method and Madness now added to the roster, they are meeting the mark for truly innovative Whiskey.
What Makes Them Different?
Formed in a collaboration between the Master Distillers and Apprentices at Midleton Distillery, Method and Madness is a refreshing brand driven by innovation.
The aim of bringing together Master and Apprentices is to encourage dialogue between those who know and those who want to know.
And the result is phenomenal. The juice created by this collaboration is exquisite, and quite frankly some of the best Irish Whiskey in a long time.
So what do the results of this collaboration actually look like?
Let’s take a deep dive into their Hungarian oak matured Single Pot Still Whiskey to find out.
This is the first Irish Whiskey of its kind, having been matured in Bourbon casks before being finished in Virgin Hungarian oak. The inspiration came from the Carpathian Mountains, in Hungry, where the oak is grown in soils enriched by volcanoes.
The nose begins with lots of sweet notes of toffee and caramel. it is really easy going and smooth, inviting you to taste more.
There is a slightly charcoal note, with a little bit of warmth and some exotic pineapple and coconut flavours.
The palate is rich and mellow, with lots of wooded notes, and refreshing dew covered grass coming through.
Fennel and liquorice, with a hint of herbs also appear, complementing the orchard flavours immensely.
The sweetness is really there and the caramel slowly morphs into vanilla and oak wood. It is slightly chewy but incredibly smooth.
More charcoal notes, with big hints of tropical fruits add to an already delicious combination.
The finish is full of toasted oak, with a little bit of warmth and spice to end.