Irish Distillers’ Method And Madness Line Adds A Mulberry Cask Finish

By Hannah Kanik / April 17, 2021

Irish Distillers recently unveiled a new single pot still Irish whiskey finished in virgin Mulberry Wood to add to its Method and Madness range. The whiskey is a single pot distillate that was first matured in a combination of first fill and re-fill American Oak barrels before finishing in 50-litre Mulberry Wood casks.

“With its unusual wood structure and small cask size, there’s no doubt that Mulberry Wood presented its challenges, with early trials failing,” Anna Lazaridou, Maturation Research and Innovation Technologist, said in a prepared statement. “But in the ethos of the Method and Madness range, our relentless dedication to trial and error has produced a beautifully balanced whiskey. And it’s with great pride that we share this with the world today.” 

The whiskey is bottled at 46% alcohol by volume and is said to have notes of smoked paprika, flavors of sweet toffee apple and a freshly cut wood character imparted from the virgin Mulberry Wood.

Method and Madness Mulberry Wood

Method and Madness Mulberry Wood (image via Irish Distillers)

The limited-edition release’s White Mulberry Wood was felled in central Hungary, harvested and air-dried for two years. Midleton Distillery worked with its masters and apprentices to create the Mulberry Wood after experimenting with different whiskey styles and maturation times. Just 50 litres in size and conducive to accelerated maturation, given the large surface-to-volume ratio, a close eye was kept on the whiskey before finally settling on a finishing period of between three and eight months.

“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,” Finbarr Curran, Wood Planning and Maturation Team Lead, said. “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.” 

The Method and Madness Mulberry Wood is available to purchase in limited global markets for €95, or around $115 USD€95

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