Method And Madness Brings Pot Still Whiskey And Garryana Oak Together

Created in 2017, the Method and Madness brand is dedicated to exploring new mash bills, distillation techniques, and wood finishes in the world of Irish whiskey. The micro-distillery serves as a blank copper canvas of innovation and experimentation at Midleton where whiskey masters and apprentices come together to develop curious and intriguing liquids to showcase to the world.

Method and Madness Garryana Oak is exceptional in its use of Oregon white oak, which is rare and distinctive for its tough and dense wood properties. The whiskey was triple distilled from a mash bill of malted and unmalted barley, and matured in ex-Bourbon American oak casks, before being finished in casks made from virgin Garryana oak from the rainy Pacific Northwest for between 4 and 12 months.

Previously, this oak has been associated only with the pioneering efforts of Seattle’s Westland Distillery. This is the first release not from Westland to use the wood, as well as the first Irish pot still whiskey release to be aged in it.

The Garryana oak brings a unique richness, complexity, and spiciness to the whiskey and is considered to have an elevated phenolic aroma profile and higher tannins, which contribute to a distinctive array of flavors. This exquisite expression offers aromas of smoked applewood, treacle, and golden raisins, with notes of black pepper, coffee cake, clove spice and malted barley.

Crafted using Quercus Garryana, a species of white oak native to the Pacific Northwest, this limited-edition embodies the distinct character of the region’s environment. Garryana Oak is the only native oak in Washington and British Columbia, and the principal native oak of Oregon. This particular species of white oak is known for its tough, durable wood, and its use in barrel-making is a relatively new development.

Method and Madness Garryana Oak will be available for purchase from May 19th, 2023, in Ireland, UK, Global Travel Retail, and online at the RRP of €95. Its US debut can be expected in late 2023.

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