Method & Madness Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

Overall rating
Single Pot Still
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Finished in French Chestnut
Sherry & Bourbon + French Chestnut Finish
Batch 1
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
26 Feb 2017 11:17 am by Archer

Average value

€ 75.97

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Whisky Reviews for Method & Madness Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.43 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur


    Ideally I’d have had a ‘straight’ expression of Midleton’s single pot still alongside, in order to assess by comparison the ‘chestnut’ element.

    N: Refreshingly unusual single pot still whiskey style, the chestnut finish attractive certainly. Not sure what the ratio is however, over the bourbon & sherry casks. The cask blend makes for a desirable nutty sweet whiskey with a definable stylistic character. With a liberal nutty, oily-dry varnished coat, descriptors include linseed treated cricket bats, suede leather, tamari>tamarind paste, sweet-nutty putty and pecan maple pastry amongst others.

    T: The chestnut is even more pronounced on the palate, but it’s along with the base combination of bourbon & sherry casks that makes the profile as a whole so characterful. Vanilla-nutty butters & biscuits [macadamia, pumpkin seeds, savoury-halva], ginger bread, Hobnobs,... Some [rose] floral alongside wild strawberries bloom in the latter stages. Later on there’s a development of a particular sour note that fans of Amazannaise will know well - the related notes here being wine vinegar, lemon juice & guar gum - though not sure I’ve ever tasted guar gum in isolation however. Water acts to release another layer of consolidated=complex fruity/woody wonders.

    F: Again, the bourbon/sherry/chestnut combo is working a treat to bring a refreshingly alternative dessert-style digestif. Leads on to tasty herbal-fruit wood spices with a varnished-barley coat conclusion.

    C: A distinctive flavour that I thought I’d tire of very quickly. Turns out it’s planted in me the occasional craving. An ideal dram pour when you’re undecided what to have late at night and don’t want to work too hard for good returns. Next mission, a chestnut flight - Irish & Scottish side by side perhaps?

    Scores a B-

  2. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Not so bad at first. The 46% can not hide the fact that a young single pot still sloshed in the glass, but to a 15yo Redbreast or Powers Johns Lane, both also bottled with 46%, he does not come up. Nevertheless, there is potential in it.
    • Nose
      Freshly poured, it is rather reserved and watery. If you give it but a few minutes in the glass come fresh ginger and mint, rosemary and cloves. Fresher than the usual single pot still - spices. Add lime and banana, vanilla and milk chocolate.
    • Taste
      The spices from the nose with banana nut and grated apple. Already very dry at the beginning. Although he can not be old, one means to chew on a branch - which sounds more unpleasant than it actually is. The fruits soften the wood taste.
    • Finish
      Dry and medium-long, with vanilla, oak shavings and again banana sauce.

  3. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A little Nutella side on the nose. Atypical agree but a bit messy especially with a small side cardboard. In the mouth already more convincing. Redbreast's identity is relatively easy to drink.

    Enthusiasm 2/5
    Whiskey # 1220

  4. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Open 01.04.17, emptied 17.03.18. Almost a year open, not a whiskey that benefits from oxygen. Towards the end he looked thinner than shortly after opening.

  6. GIORGOS scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. berarith73 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A round, delicious and light tropical Irishman, nicely done.
    • Nose
      Banana, tropical with some Esther and vanilla, apricot, mango and papaya, honeydew melon, honey, toffee
    • Taste
      Beautiful full and fruity, mango, banana, some green apple, nettle melon, papaya, honey, vanilla, some citric acid, grapefruit, malt in light and sweet, very round with only slightly bitter oak
    • Finish
      Mango and melon, plus the malt and a few oak chips, medium-long, fruity-malty

  9. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Has been matured in a combination of ex-oloroso Sherry and ex-Bourbon barrels, before being transferred to chestnut casks sourced from the Isére region in France.


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