Wednesday, September 08, 2021


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

Method and Madness - Rye and Malt (46% ABV) which has been produced using the first aged distillate from their micro distillery at the Midleton Distillery, has been produced using a ratio of 60% rye to 40% malt, and matured in ex-bourbon American oak barrels.

Method and Madness - Rye and Malt

The Method and Madness journey first began six years ago when the micro distillery opened its doors with a mission to further support the resurgence of Irish whiskey, drawing on research into wood influences and cereal mixes, historic mash bills from the Irish Distillers archive and the restless curiosity of its craftspeople.

This latest release was hand-crafted under the care and creativity of Distiller Katherine Condon, who originally joined Irish Distillers as part of the company’s Graduate Distiller Programme in 2014. She drew inspiration from the personal notebooks of John Jameson III dating back to 1857, where the inclusion of rye was recorded in various mash bills.

Method and Madness - Rye and Malt, is said to deliver notes of lemon balm, floral lavender and clove spice on the nose. Followed by notes of white pepper, chili flakes and toasted wood on the palate.

Commenting on the launch, Katherine Condon, said: “It has been an honour to be part of the Micro Distillery team from its inception in 2015 to today, sharing the first ever drops of whiskey produced there with the world. We have been inspired by the innovators in Irish whiskey who came before us. In turn, we have questioned tradition and challenged convention to follow their inspiration and drive the Irish whiskey category forward for a new generation of creators, consumers, and indeed, suppliers.”

Method and Madness - Rye and Malt, will be available from September 20th in Ireland, the UK, Dublin Airport and online, for a RRP of €95.00.

Posted by Steve Rush