Irish Distillers unveils Japanese Method And Madness trilogy

Irish Distillers has unveiled the Japanese Method And Madness Trilogy, a limited edition collection of Single Pot Still Irish Whiskeys finished in rare Japanese casks.

The Japanese Method And Madness Trilogy includes a 33-year-old expression finished in Mizunara Japanese Oak and two NAS (No Age Statement) expressions, finished in Japanese Chestnut and Japanese Cedar barrels, respectively.

Method and Madness Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Japanese Mizunara Oak Cask was first aged in ex-bourbon casks for 30 years and then finished in a Mizunara cask for an additional three years. Bottled at 52.8% ABV and limited to just 252 bottles, it is described as having aromas of “coffee cake, toasted nuts and worn leather”, with hints of “nutmeg, vanilla and tannins of wood” on the palate, ending with “always pot of spice, subtle fruit and fresh oak” on the finish. MSRP: €3,000 (700ml).

Method And Madness Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Finished in Japanese Cedar Casks was first aged in bourbon and sherry casks before a finishing period in Japanese chestnut casks for over 13 months. Bottled at 48% ABV, it is described as having aromas of “eucalyptus, fresh herbs and balsamic undertones”, with hints of “herbal tea, caraway seeds and clove spice” on the palate, ending with “delicate fruit, with a sweet scent of wood and rich spices” on the finish. Recommended retail price: €95 (700ml).

Method And Madness Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Finished in Japanese Chestnut Casks was first aged in bourbon and sherry casks before a finishing period in Japanese chestnut casks for over 13 months. Bottled at 48% ABV, it is described as having aromas of “peppermint leaves, caramelized almonds and ground pepper”, with hints of “licorice, orange peel and refreshing menthol” on the palate, ending with “herbal fruit, roasted coffee, and lingering spice” on the finish. MSRP: €95 (700ml).

Method And Madness Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Japanese Mizunara Oak Cask is available now in Ireland, France, UK, USA and worldwide retail. Method And Madness Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey finished in Japanese cedar wood casks and Method And Madness Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey finished in Japanese chestnut casks will follow in late March. The whiskeys will be available exclusively through the Whiskey Exchange in the UK and distributed by Castle Brands in the US from September 2022.

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Source: Irish Distillers.

Freeda S. Scott