Method and Madness Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Pot Still
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Finished in French Chestnut
Sherry & Bourbon Barrels & French Chestnut
Batch 2
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
12 Dec 2017 7:09 pm by ThomasTNT

Average value

€ 71.00

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Whisky Reviews for Method and Madness Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.30 points

  1. Vallado scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Cereals, solvents, bright yellow fruits, raisins, nutmeg, cardamom, sweet vanilla
    • Taste
      86 86
      Medium texture, pleasantly tingling onset, again notes of cereal with a somewhat artificial note, pepper, raisins, vanilla, caramel, banana, cocoa
    • Finish
      81 81
      Sparkling, warming, medium long, spicy. In the background slightly grainy-fruity. Somehow disappointing compared to the rest.

  2. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Compared to Batch 1 Batch 2 puts a decent shovel on it. It looks more mature and fuller, the flavors are well matched and the chestnut barrel does not break anything here. Very nice development.
    • Nose
      A subtle touch of pot still spices: pepper, lovage, cinnamon, cardamom, curry powder. In addition raisins and dried figs. A touch of leather. Runs more mature, rounder and fuller in the nose than Batch 1, showing echoes of a Redbreast 12.
    • Taste
      Spicy and dry onset. Beautiful spice note, in which the spices can be found from the nose. Raisins, dried figs, dark chocolate, coffee powder. Only a trace of sweetness: bitter honey. Over time vanilla kipper, malted toffee sweets and caramel pudding.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, dry, spicy, seamless connection to the taste on the tongue, hardly any change.

  3. Stef89 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Tastes pretty good to me. I would not recognize the chestnut blindly. Not even that it's not oak. But somehow there is something else in the smell that is difficult to grasp, but makes the whole thing exciting.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Very spicy, with a lot of vanilla and freshly ground grain. Almost still dusty. In addition, very sweet and slightly "estery".
      At the back there is an elusive, dull note. Becomes meatier over time.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Strong start. I would blindly estimate at 50% +. It tickles on the tongue and stays on the tongue with a certain sharpness. The vanilla from the nose is still there, the dusty grain has turned into muesli. I don't find too much fruit here.
    • Finish
      82 82
      The tingling from the alcohol subsides and the malt doesn't resonate for too long. A somewhat strange bitter one is spreading

  4. PuddingmitHaut did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Awesome part. Certainly not a daily dram but I enjoyed it very much today.
    • Nose
      When you smell it for the first time, you notice that it will be an interesting matter.

      Directly very spicy, herbal, but also sweet with vanilla. Over time, the sweetness increases. Overall nice intensity.
      Resin, wet pine needles, clear varnish, leather, forest honey, nutmeg, pepper, cereals, milk chocolate, herbal tea.
    • Taste
      The taste reflects that. Herbal, spicy and sweet, but in a very interesting way. Backside complemented by slightly bitter notes. Cappuccino, cream caramel.

  5. maltandgrains scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
      Nutty, sweet, caramel. Lacquer. Marcipan.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Very nutty, sweet and fresh. Light spices. Smooth.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium finish. Sweetness and spice. Dark chocolate. Slightly bitter finish.

  6. Issie did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      A full load of apple, really artificial cherry aroma, honey, some pear, some cinnamon, somehow slightly dusty, nuts
    • Taste
      Honey, cherry, lime, nuts, some pepper

  7. Dris scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  8. kanpai79 scored this whisky 83 points Specialist

  9. sagara-kun scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    It's atypical. Tasted the blind Fut of rum?
    • Nose
      Pineapple acid, sawdust, ginger, pepper.
      Wet cardboard.
    • Taste
      On the palate it is quite watery, on the wet card, lemon, thyme, aromatic herbs.
    • Finish
      Final on gentian, licorice, sugar, licorice.

  10. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur


    Situated within the heart of the vast Midleton Distillery, Method & Madness is a micro operation, set up for experimental purposes. Chestnut is very porous which means casks are more prone to leaking than oak. I recall Tony Reeman-Clark from Strathearn distillery [blog], telling me that chestnut wood had to be handled with great care, as it can easily dominate.

    N: Silicone pouches, emulsion, croissants, apricot cream, petrichor [Steve & Adam], and something ‘off’, like an oil-based food product that’s started separating.
    T: Varnish, a drop of turpentine, a butyric hint, citrus and vanilla. This one grows on me as it did when I enjoyed a bottle share of batch #1 last year [Blog85].
    F: Dryish ginger, shortbread and oaky vanilla.
    C: I find both Method & Madness presentations [batch 1 & 2], well balanced examples of [partial] chestnut maturation. One to have open on the shelf me thinks. Whether you like the distinctive flavour of chestnut wood is another matter. As The Foz wisely said “You don’t have to like it to enjoy it”.

    Scores a C[+]


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