Irish Distillers–the people behind Jameson, Midleton Very Rare (who just launched their 2023 edition), Redbreast, and more–has announced the U.S. exclusive release of Method And Madness Rye and Malt Irish Whiskey. With only 5,000 bottles available across the country, this limited-edition Irish whiskey was inspired by the desire to create whiskey that honored tradition while celebrating the new and extraordinary.
Distilled and matured at the Micro Distillery in Midleton, County Cork, Method And Madness Rye and Malt is a distillate-driven Irish whiskey, bursting with floral notes and a spicy character, a reflection of the Distilling team’s approach to trial and error. When setting out to create this new release the team took advantage of the Micro Distillery’s manual processes, trialing varying rates of reflux and distillation before settling on a triple-distilled mash of rye (60%) and malted barley (40%), which was then matured in ex-bourbon American oak barrels.
“The Method And Madness Rye and Malt is a one-of-a-kind limited-edition expression that offers consumers a unique combination of rye with malted barley,” says Gerard Garland, Method And Madness Irish Whiskey Ambassador. “This union amplifies the whiskey’s natural flavors and aromas, evoking notes of lemon balm, white pepper, chili flakes and toasted wood with a lingering finish of spiced fruit.”
Method And Madness was hatched from the minds of the Masters’ and Apprentices of Irish Distillers’ Midleton Distillery in Ireland. The journey first began six years ago when the Micro Distillery opened its doors with a mission to further support the resurgence of Irish whiskey, drawing on research into wood influences and cereal mixes, historic mash bills from the Irish Distillers Archive, and the curiosity of its craftspeople.
On the nose, the whiskey offers lemon balm, floral lavender, and clove spice. The palate finds white pepper, chili flakes and toasted wood. The finish features fading fruits, and lingering spice as well as cereal malt and barley.
Bottled at a cask strength of 46% ABV, the Method And Madness Rye and Malt is priced at $80 per 700ml bottle and is available in the U.S at select retailers as well as online at ReserveBa. For more information, head over to the brand’s official website.