We’ve been talking a lot about rye whiskey lately. The bottom line is that Rye is taking the world by storm right now with phrases popping up everywhere, especially outside of the United States. One of the latest additions to the rye style comes from Ireland.
Irish Distillers have created a micro-distillery which operates within their huge campus in Midleton, County Cork. Midleton is renowned for making the lion’s share of Irish whiskey with names like Powers, Redbreast, Paddy and Jameson under their roof. Their micro-distillery, however, focuses on one brand, Method and Madness, which functions as a sort of Irish whiskey lab for unique mash bills, matures and blends.
Their latest release, Method and Madness Rye and Malt, embraces both the current trend for unique Irish whiskey drops and the world’s love for rye whiskey. We were lucky enough to get our hands on a bottle recently, so let’s see what’s in that bottle.
Method and Madness Rye & Malt
Average price: 105 $
Distiller Katherine Condon created this whiskey using a mash bill of 60 percent rye and 40 percent malted barley. This spirit then spent several years relaxing in old bourbon casks before being reassembled and bottled.
There’s that lemony pepper juxtaposition and a dash of lavender on the nose that’s so pronounced it’s almost impossible to get anything else. The palate moves away from that to a cedar box stuffed with spicy, dry tobacco leaves sprinkled with white pepper, cloves and a dark chocolate powder cut with crushed dried chili flakes. The mid-palate softens slightly with a touch of dates dipped in black tea alongside gingerbread cookies.
The Method and Madness bottles are cool on their own. The glass has a great art-deco vibe with a label that invokes Alfons Mucha. It’s heavy, eye-catching, and totally unique.
It was an interesting entry into the rye pantheon. It was very familiar yet had a very Irish sounding lightness, which was a good thing. It’s balanced and nuanced. But, in the end, it feels more like a really solid cocktail whiskey that you only take when sipping in a pinch.
89/100 – It was a strong, albeit light, rye. It will be way too light for some Powerhouse fans, the high ABV rye coming from Kentucky. But as an easy-to-sip and cocktail base, it shines.