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Method and Madness celebrated in new range

A new range of whiskeys has been designed by Irish Distillers Pernod-Ricard, from Midleton Distillery. The range, Method and Madness, uses both its established masters and the new ideas of its apprentices.

Claiming to take inspiration from the famous Shakespearean quote, ‘Though this be madness, yet there is method in ’t’, Method and Madness is designed to reflect a next generation Irish spirit brand with a measure of curiosity and intrigue (madness), while honouring the tradition and expertise grounded in the generations of experience at the Midleton Distillery (method).

The Method and Madness range launches with four new Irish whiskeys; a single grain Irish whiskey finished in virgin Spanish oak; a single pot still Irish whiskey finished in French chestnut; a single malt Irish whiskey with French Limousin oak; and a 31 years old single cask, single grain limited-edition bottled at cask strength.

Brian Nation, master distiller at Irish Distillers comments: “At the Midleton Distillery, we are committed to innovation and experimenting with new whiskey styles. We are also invested in training and nurturing the next generation of Irish whiskey makers and this project really brings that commitment to life. The passing on of knowledge and skills is part of our DNA from our long line of master distillers, to the generations of coopers that served their apprenticeships at the Midleton Distillery. In fact, this summer our apprentice cooper, Killian O’Mahony will become our first qualified cooper in over 40 years’’.

Karen Cotter, who joined Irish Distillers as a graduate distiller in 2012 says: “Method and Madness is a great opportunity for myself and the team to work closely with and learn from the whiskey masters. Our micro-distillery in Midleton will act as an experimental hub enabling us to trial and test new spirit types followed by aging in new cask types. The process will see new Method and Madness releases but also others that may never see the light of day. It’s a really exciting project to be involved with.”

Brendan Buckley, global innovation and prestige whiskeys director at Irish Distillers adds: “At Irish Distillers, we are constantly searching for new ways to bring Irish whiskey to a wider audience. Jameson has been the iconic brand which has led the way, supported by niche connoisseur brands such as Redbreast, The Spot Range and Midleton Very Rare so with Method and Madness, we are able to not only create an outlet for our whiskey makers to really experiment but also to create a uniquely original brand which will pique the interest of spirits drinkers throughout the world”.

The Method and Madness Single Grain, Single Pot Still and Single Malt Irish whiskeys will be available in the UK, France and Ireland from this month at the respective RRPs of €49, €69 and €79. The Method and Madness 31 Years Old, Single Cask, Single Grain will be available in the same territories from April 2017, priced at €1,500.

27 February 2017 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, news editor