Being in Ireland on business has the distinct advantage of there being plentiful Irish whiskey available for drinking. In this particular instance I was in Searson’s Bar in Dublin. They have one of the best collections of Midleton Very Rare on display (not for sale!), along with one of the best whiskey bars I’ve ever had the pleasure of contemplating. Well worth a visit if you’re in the area.
My first dram is this Method and Madness Single Malt from the folks at Midleton. The brand is a new one on me, having only recently been released. I was looking forward to getting my chops around this 46% ABV, non-chill-filtered beauty.
Nose: Vanilla fudge, nuts, a little oak, stewed plums. Quite a sweet nose but without too much depth. 6/10
Palate: Oily in the mouth, stewed fruits, fudge sweetness, a little hay and an oaky warmth. 6/10
Finish: A hint of spice and medium length. 6/10
Value for Money: It’s not exactly cheap at around £65 a bottle, and sadly it really doesn’t deliver. 3/10
Looks: Love the 1920’s style design of the label and bottle. 9/10
Final Score: 58.5/100
All in all rather disappointing for a brand I’ve been looking forward to trying. Maybe their other core offerings are better. I’ll have to investigate.