17 May 2017

Method and Madness at Midleton

Over the last five years we have well and truly been riding the Irish whiskey renaissance wave, and those waves look set to get even bigger and bolder, with around 20 whiskey distillery's now in production and another dozen in various stages of planning and construction. Not only does Irish whiskey continue to be one of the most exciting categories in the dramming world, it’s also the one experiencing the most growth, and for very good reason.
Embracing the past but very much looking to the future, it’s not just the ever-growing gang of new kids on the block that are now driving the category forward. The big established brands have kicked away those cobwebs of complacency and are now well and truly giving the newbies a run for their money, with regards to innovation and the targeting of a new generation of whiskey consumers.
In addition to its plethora of its heritage driven brands, such as Jameson, Redbreast, Green Spot and Powers, Irish Distillers have well and truly grabbed the reins of innovation at its Midleton Distillery, with the launch of its new experimental Method and Madness series.
Method and Madness, is a celebration the creativity of Midleton’s whiskey masters and its fresh talent of apprentices. Taking inspiration from the famous Shakespearean quote, "Though this be madness, yet there is method in ’t "the series is designed to reflect a next generation Irish spirit brand with a measure of curiosity and intrigue, while honouring the foundation of innovation and experimentation grounded in the generations of expertise at the Midleton Distillery.

Midleton Master Distiller Brian Nation and Apprentice Distiller Karen Cotter
Method and Madness Single Grain
Finished in virgin Spanish oak casks

Nose: Madagascan vanilla pods, sugared almonds, strawberry jam tarts, pencil shavings and poly cement (Airfix) glue.

Palate: Cinnamon and clove infused honey, Butterkist salted caramel popcorn, cherry cough drops and a wisp of something menthol-esque.

Finish: A tenacious and teasing, full throttle thrill of a lingering finish.

Method and Madness Single Malt
Finished in French Limousine Oak casks

Nose: Grilled peaches, McVittie’s digestive biscuits, pink marshmallows and Luxardo maraschino cherries.

Palate: Baked spiced apples, cinnamon infused poached pears, Waitrose treacle tart and toasted oak.

Finish: A fabulously feisty ‘n’ spicy, long linger-ette of a finish.

Method and Madness Single Pot Still
Finished in French Chestnut casks

Nose: Clove infused orange oil, uncooked fruit cake mix, dried mango, red liquorice laces and a glug-ette of soy ginger sauce.
Palate: Fried plantain, tropical fruit trifle, poached pears, green tea, Dentyne cinnamon chewing gum, toasted oak, Turkish delight, retro white candy cigarettes and a good pinch of mixed spice.
Finish: A rich and rewarding finish, that provides the perfect highlights package, to what was delivered so well on both the nose and palate.
In addition to this trio of stunningly sipsational releases, Method and Madness have also launched a limited edition 31 Year Old Single Grain Irish whiskey. We’re yet to sample this one, but when we do you’ll be the first to know.
After sampling the first three bottlings in the series, its abundantly obvious that there’s also some genius amongst the madness at Midleton, and we’re very much look forward to seeing what they have up their sleeves next.


5 May 2017

anCnoc 2002 Vintage Competition

To help celebrate the launch of the new 2002 Vintage release from anCnoc, we’ve teamed up with the multi-award winning Highland single malt whisky brand, to give one of our followers the chance of winning a bottle.

anCnoc 2002 Vintage, which has been matured in hand selected Spanish and American oak casks and matured for over 14 years, joins the family of single malts produced at the Knockdhu distillery in Aberdeenshire.

This latest release, which follows in the footsteps of the highly successful 2001 Vintage, is said to be bright amber in appearance and bursting with aromas of spicy Christmas cake, liquorice and toffee, closely followed by a spiced vanilla aroma and a citrusy finish. On the palate, there is said to be sweetness of chocolate, perfectly contrasted with orange zest and a hint of leather, leaving drinkers with a long warming finish.

To be in with a chance of winning a bottle of anCnoc 2002 Vintage Click Here and email us your contact details along with the phrase that dramming pays:

“I’d be anCnoc, noc, knocking on
heavens dramming door,
if I win this latest, lush,
vivacious vintage”
*Remember to mark the subject line of your email with: anCnoc comp

If you’re on Twitter you can also follow us via @TheWhiskyWire and RT one of our related competition tweets for another chance to win!

anCnoc 2002 Vintage (46% ABV) will be available later this month, from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £65.00.


For more information on anCnoc, visit: ancnoc.com
Competition closes at 23:59 on May 19th 2017. You have to be aged 18 years or over to enter.

2 May 2017

The Balvenie Craftsmen's Dinner Tweet Tasting

More social media based dramfotainment you say? Well allow us to gladly oblige with our triumphant teeming throng of Tweet Tastings.
We’re absolutely thrilled to announce that on June 7th, we’ll be teaming up with our good friends at The Balvenie, for a very special event celebrating the launch of the second instalment of The Craftsmen’s Dinner.
The online series hosted once again by renowned Michelin starred chef, Michel Roux Jr, celebrates modern day artisans from urban bee keepers to experimental cheese makers, each using traditional techniques to create their products in the most unexpected of places, from a rooftop overlooking The Shard to a council estate in Tottenham.
As part of the Craftsmen’s Dinner Tweet Tasting, not only will we be sharing, sipping and savouring a trio of Balvenie expressions, we’ll also be pairing them with some of the food from the artisans featured in the series.
We’re also delighted to announce that on the night, we’ll be joined by The Balvenie UK Brand Ambassador, Alwynne Gwilt, who will tell us more about the Craftsmen’s Dinner series, and indeed be on hand to answer all your Balvenie based questions.
Full details to follow, but if you’d like to take part in a truly epic evening pouring and pairing some truly artisan awesomeness Click Here to register your interest by emailing your name, address and Twitter handle, remembering to mark the subject line #TheBalvenieTT
The closing date to register is May 15th, and if you are registering to take part please make sure that you will actually be free on the evening of June 7th to take part!
Even if you're not one of the selected Tweet Tasters, it'd be great to have you following all the evening’s dramfotainment. So we look forward to seeing you over on Twitter on June 7th at 7pm BST via #TheBalvenieTT
The Balvenie Craftsmen's Dinner 2  Series Trailer
For more information on The Balvenie, visit: thebalvenie.com
 Registration open to over 18's only!
Be part of the dramfotainment!