Origin: Wexford (Ireland)
Type: Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon First Fill, virgin, ex-Wine
Additional coloring: No
Owner: Waterford Distillery
Average price: € 75.00
Official website: waterfordwhisky.com
Waterford is known for its bottlings made from barley sourced each from a single farm, almost maniacally following the philosophy of terroir in Irish whiskey production.
Shortly before launching a biodynamic bottling (a controversial and highly questionable practice), the distillery released what they call a “concept album” in October 2021, a bottling that is a combination of 25 single farms from their extensive portfolio.
Continuing to translate oenological terms into whiskey, this is not their first cuvée but the culmination of a series of projects that preceded it, including Lóhmar (a micro cuvée of ten single farms) and a limited version of this very edition.
40,000 bottles with the usual maturation and gradation characteristics, with a four-year old whiskey representing their ‘ultimate whiskey’.
The wine component is, as always, the first to show up on the nose, grafted onto notes of bread and malt. Red fruits (raspberries, gooseberries, wild strawberries), floral tones, light vanilla, acacia honey and a slight impression of wet paper. Over time, it becomes softer and sweeter with a certain citric streak and mentholated whiffs. Pleasant.
In the mouth it expresses a discreet peppery quality with touches of ginger on a fairly light body, acidulous and bitter with grapefruit, pear, red fruits, almond, bread, bitter orange marmalade, aniseed. Tea leaves and a balsamic streak along the length.
Quite long and dry finish, with saline touches, mentholated and balsamic notes on malt, marzipan, tea leaves, pear.
Whiskey that shows all its youth along with a certain character, although it lacks a bit of body to make it truly memorable. Strength in numbers, or so they say, and this cuvée is indeed a dress rehearsal for what the future holds.