What did we think?
Method and Madness Single Malt French Limousin Oak Finish 46%
- Colour – Bright light gold
- Nose – Honey mash, oats, vanilla, young varnish. After the 1st sip, unripened bananas, raw sawdust, oatmeal porridge with honey
- Palate – Started a bit bitter with peach pits, linseed oil
- Finish – The odd bitter oil continued in the finish
The aromas were quite straight forward with little variation – nothing wrong with it but overall unremarkable. Our impression was of a young uncomplex dram. While not particularly ‘friendly’, there was no harshness found in some immature malts.
We set it aside and continued tasting the other Method and Madness whiskies. When we revisited, it had settled in quite nicely and revealed a nice honey quality, a bit of spice, holding its own. Not bad after all then!
What did the folks over at Midleton have to say?
A Single Malt whiskey laid down in Midleton in 2002 finished in a French Limousin Oak. A first for us, resulting in light perfume notes giving way to dry barley and ice cream cone wafer.
- Nose – Freshly shelled peanut, cereal malt aroma
- Taste – Cracked cinnamon stick, ice cream cone wafer
- Finish – Fragrant bon bons, a hint of toasted barley
Would I agree with their tasting notes? Definitely about the cereal but not so much the balance.
We opened this in November 2019 from a bottle purchased in London at the Whisky Exchange. You can still find it for approx £70.
What else did we explore in our Method and Madness evening?
- Single Grain Virgin Spanish Oak Finish 46%
- Pot Still Hungarian Oak Finish 46%
- Pot Still Chestnut Finish 46%
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