Method and Madness

Method and Madness Acacia Wood

Method and Madness Acacia Wood (46%, OB, 2500 Bottles, 2019)


What they say


Kevin O’Gorman, Master of Maturation

How would acacia wood casks, famous for ageing French white wines, impact our Irish whiskey? A postulation with a perfect result: a world first for Single Pot Still.

This limited-edition release was initially matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and sherry casks, then finished in acacia casks.

This calculated risk yields the rewards of the acacia’s tight grain, imparting a rich, nutty, chocolatey flavour, complemented by a mahogany hue.

Official tasting notes:

  • Nose: Sugared almond, wood spices and crushed cloves.
  • Taste: Coffee beans, dark chocolate and chilli oil.
  • Finish: Fading spices, charred wood and barley husk.

What I say

The second of our pairing of wood finishes to complement the Wild Cherry Wood finish was this Acacia wood limited edition. Imbuing a beautiful colour on the whisky already what did this one deliver…

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Dark bronze (13/20), fine tears, thin legs.
  • Nose: Spiced tobacco, cherry, date, woody cloves, walnut, dry cocoa powder, coffee, roasted almonds, sugar coated and roasted nuts.
  • Taste: Light bodied, roasted wood and dates, granary toast, nutty, Brazil nut, caramelised nuts from a street or fairground vendor, burnt and caramelized woody sugars.
  • Finish: Long, mouth-coating, candied nuts, polished and spirity.


Sweet and nutty, less spicy than the cherry wood edition, but still quite thin bodied, definitely my preferred one of the two – I’d love to see and try more acacia wood matured whisky/whiskey.

Score 82/100

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