Four more releases from Waterford Distillery with a focus on “terroir” are available

Mark Reynier's Irish distillery is attracting great interest

 

Only a short time after they had been released, they were already sold out: the new Irish distillery Waterford introduced itself to the market in June with their first single malt whiskies, and there was a really good demand for them. This is not least due to the interesting and controversially discussed topic that Mark Reynier has in focus with his distillery: the barley and the terroir that characterizes it as it grows on different farms.

Four new Waterford Single Farm Origins

The first two bottlings Waterford Bannow Island and Ballykilcavan, the appearance of which we reported here, have now been followed by four more because of the great interest. These four single malts are also “Single Farm Origins”, i.e. the whisky for each of the releases was produced using barley from a specific farm.

Two of the new releases are successors to the first two whiskies, the barley was grown on the two farms Ballykilcavan and Bannow Island. With the other two bottlings, Waterford introduces us to the farm Sheestown, which is located in the lowlands near Kilkenny and which is equipped with well-drained clay soil, and Ballymorgan, whose barley grows in the rain shadow of the Wicklow Mountains. All four single farm origins were bottled at 50% ABV, unchill-filtered and at natural colour.

Ballykilcavan Edition 1.2

3 years, distilled in 2016, bottled in July 2020

Cask type: American first-fill oak casks, casks made of French premium oak, casks pre-filled with Vin Doux Naturel

Tasting Notes
Nose: Red grapes, plowed soil, dried fruits, stable smell, baked apples cooking in a pot and Petrichor, the aroma of a forest after the first rain shower in days.
Taste: Oily mouthfeel, white pepper, apricots, spices, toffee, malt, wood chips.
Finish: dry, oily, spices, chocolate and - long-lasting - malt.

Bannow Island Edition 1.2

3 years, distilled in 2016, bottled in July 2020

Cask type: American first fill as well as fresh oak casks, casks made of French premium oak, casks pre-filled with Vin Doux Naturel

Tasting Notes
Nose: malty, ripe pears, raisins, flowery, lemons, warm vanilla cream, pink lady apples, marzipan.
Taste: Fruity, honey, caramel, malt biscuits, a hint of spiciness, toffee popcorn, lemon cake.
Finish: Long-lasting oiliness with a spicy sharpness that ends dry.

Sheestown Edition 1.1

3 years, distilled in 2016, bottled in July 2020

Cask type: American first fill as well as fresh oak casks, casks made of French premium oak, casks pre-filled with Vin Doux Naturel

Tasting Notes
Nose: earthy, cloves, fruit cake, lightly spiced pears poached in red wine, honey ice cream, midsummer hay.
Taste: Gentle blend of spices with long-lasting, dry clove, lemon jam, oatmeal, fresh honey.
Finish: Clove has a long longevity, complemented by spices that leave a warm tingling sensation on the front of the tongue.

Ballymorgan Edition 1.1

3 years, distilled in 2016, bottled in July 2020

Cask type: American first fill as well as fresh oak casks, casks made of French premium oak, casks pre-filled with Vin Doux Naturel

Tasting Notes
Nose: green apple, milk chocolate, malt, pears, dried fruits, rhubarb and pudding.
Taste: Green apple wrapped in caramel, cloves, vanilla pudding, a tangy tingling sensation, with liquorice and mint chocolate.
Finish: A gentle warmth remains in the mouth, which slowly disappears and turns to oiliness with spicy chocolate.

Images: Waterford Distillery