Thursday, March 25, 2021


Irish Distillers, has today announced the launch of a new expression from its innovative and experimental Method and Madness range.

Method and Madness Mulberry Wood Finish (46% ABV) is a Single Pot Still Irish whiskey, which was matured in a combination of first fill and re-fill American Oak barrels, before being finished in 50 litre Hungarian Mulberry wood casks.

Method and Madness Mulberry Wood Finish

The White Mulberry wood used to make the finishing casks, was felled in central Hungary, where the local climate creates the perfect growing conditions. The wood is then harvested and air-dried for two years at the Kádár sawmills in Tokaj before being transferred to a cooperage in Budapest.

The relatively high porosity and medium toasting of the exceptional Mulberry Wood casks, is said to impart elevated flavours of wood spices and enhanced toffee sweetness, along with a natural golden hue to the whiskey.  

The team at the Midleton distillery, experimented with different whiskey styles and maturation times for the perfect marriage between liquid and cask. Just 50 litres in size and conducive to accelerated maturation, given the large surface-to-volume ratio.

The distillery team also kept a close eye on the whiskey before finally settling on a finishing period of between three and eight months for a perfectly balanced wood contribution. 

Commenting on the launch, Finbarr Curran, Wood Planning and Maturation Team Lead at Midleton, said: “We are delighted to launch our limited-edition Mulberry wood finish, a world first for the category and the third world first in the Method and Madness range. So far, our commitment to wood experimentation and maturation has taken us all over the world and led to the development of some of the most exquisite Irish whiskeys. It’s been a joyous journey of discovery and we look forward to continuing this exploration as we keep pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in Irish whiskey.”  

Method and Madness Mulberry Wood Finish, is now available from the brands website, and from specialist retailers in Ireland and Finland, for a RRP of €95.00.

Posted by Steve Rush