On Wednesday 08th March we were lucky enough to have the opportunity host a whiskey tasting session here at Costigan’s. We welcomed members of the Cork Whiskey Society as well as some whiskey enthusiasts from overseas. Ger Garland, of Irish Distillers, expertly guided the group through three expressions from the new and exclusive Method and Madness range (not the 31 year old unfortunately), the Jameson Coopers Croze and the latest Powers 1817 Release; which celebrates 200 years of the Licenced Vintners Association.


Method and Madness

Irish Distillers is behind the introduction of Method and Madness. This is a new range of experimental super premium whiskeys designed to push the boundaries of Irish whiskey. The launch of these unique whiskeys underpins IDL’s continued commitment to experimentation and innovation in Midleton, Co Cork.

“At Irish Distillers, we’re constantly searching for new ways to bring Irish whiskey to a wider audience.  Jameson has been the iconic brand which has led the way, supported by connoisseur brands such as Redbreast, Spot Range and Midleton Very Rare so with Method And Madness we’re able to not only create an outlet for our whiskey makers to really experiment but also to create a uniquely original brand which will pique the interest of spirits drinkers throughout the world.”  

– Brendan Buckley, Global Innovation & Prestige Whiskeys Director at IDL

The new Method and Madness range aims to harness the creativity of Midleton’s whiskey masters through the fresh talent of its apprentices. What we found extremely interesting was what inspired the name of this exciting new collection. They took inspiration from the famous Shakespearean quote, ‘Though this be madness, yet there is method in ’t’. Method and Madness has been designed to reflect a next generation Irish spirit brand with a measure of curiosity and intrigue (Madness) while honouring the tradition and expertise grounded in the generations of expertise at the Midleton Distillery (Method).

“At the Midleton Distillery, we’re committed to innovation and experimenting with new whiskey styles,” commented Brian Nation, Master Distiller at Irish Distillers, “The passing on of knowledge and skills is part of our DNA from our long line of master distillers, to the generations of coopers that served their apprenticeships at the Midleton Distillery. In fact this summer our apprentice cooper Killian O’Mahony will become our first qualified cooper in over 40 years.”

The range launches with four new Irish whiskeys, each with its own twist: a Single Grain Irish Whiskey Finished in Virgin Spanish Oak; a Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Finished in French Chestnut; a Single Malt Irish Whiskey enhanced with French Limousin Oak and a 31 Year-Old Single Cask, Single Grain Limited Edition bottled at cask strength.

What’s most exciting is that here at Costigan’s we are one of three Cork City pubs that house three bottles from the Method and Madness collection; the Single Grain, Single Pot Still and the Single Malt.  The Method and Madness Single Grain, Single Pot Still and Single Malt Irish Whiskeys are now available in the UK, France and Ireland at the respective RRPs of €49, €69 and €79. The 31 Year-Old, Single Cask, Single Grain will be available in the same territories from April 2017, priced at €1,500. The first line of this exclusive collection is already almost completely sold out. Give into your inner “madness” and try this delightful new Irish whiskey.