Ireland Waterford Distillery Whisky from 50 to 100 euros

Waterford Organic Gaia 1.1

Review of the first organic whiskey in Waterford's Arcadian series.

Origin: Wexford (Ireland)
Type: Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Gradation: 50%ABV
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon First Fill, virgin, ex-Wine
Chillfiltered: No
Additional coloring: No
Owner: Waterford Distillery
Average price: € 69.00
Official website: waterfordwhisky.com
Vote: 85/100

As part of its ongoing research into terroir in whiskey, in addition to the series of bottlings dedicated to the individual growers who provide the raw material to the distillery, Waterford also produces an organic whiskey, the result of combining six different crops.

Part of the Arcadian series, the whiskey is made from organic and biodynamic crops, including ancient grains, which don’t have as high a yield as intensive ones, leading to the production of few casks and, consequently, a limited number of bottles.
Maturation took place at 42% in ex-Bourbon casks, 7% in virgin casks, 18% in Vin Doux Naturel and 23% in French oak casks.

Tasting notes

Light gold with copper highlights in the glass.
Red fruits (wild strawberries, raspberries) and floral notes of hawthorn greet the nose, accompanied by dried apricots, peach, green apple, lemon cream. Background of cereals and propolis. Fresh and pleasant, with time it becomes sweeter and more intense.
Initially a little abrupt on the palate, it soon settles into a hint of ginger spread over fruit (banana, pear, plum), pecans, marzipan, vanilla, drop of honey, lemon peel. There are also vegetable notes with bitter touches, reminding me of artichoke. Cereals always act as a background. Young but not banal.
The finish is quite long and dry with nuts, wood and spices.

An interesting dram, not particularly complex but with stimulating hints that do not bore. The barrels are well balanced, providing nuances without overpowering one another.

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