A classic single pot still whiskey finished in Quercus Garryana white oak casks that stretches the limits of Irish whiskey has been released by Irish Distillers brand Method and Madness.
The whiskey, described as a "world first" in its category, was aged for four to twelve months in barrels built from virgin Quercus Garryana, a kind of white oak indigenous to the Pacific Northwest.
The rough and thick wood qualities of Garryana Oak are unusual and distinctive, and they give whiskey a "unique richness, complexity, and spiciness."
The Garryana wood has a greater phenolic scent profile and more tannins, which add to a unique and specific palette of flavours. All of this gives the whiskey a special richness, depth, and spiciness. With notes of black pepper, coffee cake, clove spice, and malted barley, this beautiful expression has the scents of smoky applewood, treacle, and golden raisins.
“Method and Madness Garryana Oak is an expression aligned with the brand’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the world of Irish whiskey. The microdistillery has always been about experimentation and the use of Garryana oak is just the latest example of our innovative spirit and dedication to producing unique and exceptional whiskeys.” ~ Finbarr Curran, maturation lead at Midleton Distillery
“The Garryana oak barrels have added a unique dimension to the traditional single pot still whiskey, offering a distinct flavour profile and a taste of the Pacific Northwest's terroir.” ~ Mairead Callanan, Wood Maturation Technologist
Method and Insanity From May 19th, 2023, Garryana Oak will be offered for sale for €95 in Ireland, the UK, Global Travel Retail, and online. Its US premiere is anticipated around late 2023.
What is Garryana Oak?
Garryana Oak, also known as Quercus garryana or Oregon White Oak, is a species of oak tree native to the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, particularly Oregon and Washington. It is highly valued for its wood, which is known for its unique characteristics and flavour contributions when used in the ageing of spirits such as whiskey.
The Garryana Oak has become particularly renowned in the whiskey industry for its influence on the maturation process. Its wood imparts distinct flavours and aromas to the spirits, including notes of spice, vanilla, caramel, and subtle earthiness. The oak's porous nature allows for greater interaction between the wood and the liquid, resulting in a more complex and nuanced flavour profile.
Due to its limited availability and the time it takes for the trees to grow to maturity, Garryana Oak is considered a rare and sought-after type of oak for whiskey ageing. Its use in whiskey production adds a unique regional character and sense of terroir, reflecting the natural environment of the Pacific Northwest.
Some distilleries specifically highlight the use of Garryana Oak in their whiskey expressions, showcasing its distinctive influence on the final product. The use of Garryana Oak demonstrates a commitment to utilising local resources and exploring the diverse range of flavours that different oak species can contribute to the ageing process.
About Method and Madness
Method and Madness is an innovative whiskey brand that pushes the boundaries of traditional Irish whiskey making. It is a collaboration between the experienced craftsmen of the Midleton Distillery and the curious minds of the Micro Distillery at the Jameson Experience in Ireland.
The name "Method and Madness" reflects the brand's approach of combining traditional whiskey-making methods with experimental techniques and unique cask maturation. It is a celebration of both the established practices and the daring exploration that drives whiskey innovation.
Method and Madness offers a diverse range of expressions, each showcasing the brand's commitment to creativity and craftsmanship. From Method and Madness single grain to Method and Madness single malt, and even Midleton Method And Madness Single Pot Still each whiskey is crafted with meticulous attention to detail and a willingness to challenge the norms.
With their bold and distinctive flavour profiles, Method and Madness whiskies intrigue whiskey enthusiasts and adventurous drinkers alike. They embody the spirit of experimentation, bringing new and exciting flavours to the world of Irish whiskey.
Method and Madness is not only about the whiskey itself but also about the artistry and craftsmanship behind it. The brand embraces collaboration, welcoming input from both established whiskey masters and emerging talent, creating a dynamic and forward-thinking approach to whiskey production.
In summary, Method and Madness is a brand that pushes the boundaries of traditional Irish whiskey, offering a range of innovative and exciting expressions. It combines traditional methods with experimentation, resulting in whiskies that are both exceptional and intriguing.