I have to admit… I was rather curious about this one. It is fairly normal to find whiskies matured in bourbon and sherry casks, but Chestnut?
And what exactly is Method and Madness? The short answer is Midleton distillery. The longer one is this brand opens the doors to more experimentation. As they put it:
There will be trial, and error, and brilliant bottled breakthroughs that start with “What if?” Restless hearts making inspired spirits.
Now we love experimentation and can take a few ‘misses’ to discover those remarkable ‘hits’! So…. what did we discover?
Method and Madness Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey 46%
- Nose – Sherry, varnish, nuts, bananas, red liquorice, a bit dusty, fruit, truth be told there was something a bit peculiar… almost headache inducing… which sounds awful yet wasn’t
- Taste – Flat, thin body, a bit salty and a bit sour, green tea?
- Finish – We began to think of particularly Indian flavours – chaat, churan and amchoor… with their distinctive tart sourness, dash of unripe mango fruit
This lead to amusing speculation that it could pair well with pani puri... or even make drunken version of it!
But did we like it? While it wasn’t a smashing success, it wasn’t a total disaster either.
And the revisit after sampling all other Irish whiskies that eve? Just reconfirmed our perception that it it has a distinctive sour chaat dimension
Let’s just say while interesting to try, we didn’t think it the best choice to pair with cigars.
What do the folks at Method & Madness have to say?
A Single Pot Still whiskey aged in chestnut casks, a combination of what we’ve always done in Midleton and what we’ve never tried before. It’s not often we stray from the traditional oak, but one sip suggests it was well worth the deviation.
- Nose – Red liquorice laces, fresh rosemary and mint, grated root ginger
- Taste – Sweet fruit and spice, cinnamon toast, ripe banana
- Finish – Aromatic green tea, dissipating fruit and spice, rich wood farewell
We read the tasting notes and could agree with red liquorice laces, herbs and definitely the green tea but not so much the balance. And guess those producing the tasting notes aren’t familiar with our desi flavours!
And the price point? At The Whisky Exchange, expect something around £65.
Here is what else we played with during our latest greatest Irish whiskey evening:
- Dingle Triple Distilled Batch 3 46.5%
- Green Spot Chateau Leoville Barton Bordeaux Finish 46%
- Redbreast Lustau Edition 46%
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