Country: Ireland Distillery: Waterford
Type: Single Malt
Cask: 1st fill ex-American Whiskey, French Oak, Vin Doux Naturel
Teireoir Code: F002E01-02
Nose: Lemon cologne, rosemary, oak tannins, damp earth, barnyard
Palate: Porridge, oily, stone fruits-apricots, quince
Finish: Dry, nutmeg, maltiness, cocoa beans
Writing about Waterford Whisky is a big matter. There is an overdose of details about the distillery, the production, the people behind it, the concept and everything else. That is why I have written an article to cover these topics and resolve to the reviews! If you don't know Waterford Distillery yet, stop and click this link, read and come back.
All Waterford Whisky reviews I wrote:
- Waterford Dunbell Edition 1.1
- Waterford Rathclogh Edition 1.1
- Waterford Dunmore Edition 1.1
- Waterford Ballykilcavan Edition 1.2
- Waterford Organic Gaia 1.1
- Waterford Ballymorgan Edition 1.1
- Waterford Bannow Island Edition 1.2
- Waterford Sheestown Edition 1.1
David Walsh-Kemmis grows the barley in Ballykilcavan. His barley was the second ever single farm distillation in early 2016, is one of the 'first 40'.
Waterford Ballykilcavan Edition 1.1 sold out pretty quick and Edition 1.2 followed it. The head distiller Ned used some of the remaining Edition 1.1 in Edition 1.2 too. The main difference between the two editions is the barrel composition.
For Ballykilcavan Edition 1.2, Taberna variety of barley was used and it was fermented for a long 150.5 hours. Luvisol type, fine loamy drift style soil dominates the farm. Follow the Teireoir Code!
First Fill ex-American Whiskey
Virgin American Oak
Premium French Oak
Vin Doux Naturel
Barrel Composition for Ballykilcavan Edition 1.2 is given here. If you want to get more information on the barrels visit click on the Teireoir Code above and check out the sizes, cooperages and fill dates of these barrels.
This is the oldest Waterford Whisky I have tasted until now, aged at 3 years 11 months and 18 days, which is still 3 years old and as I said multiple times, the whisky is still young, but the game is totally different.
Take a second and look at the barrel composition above. Unlike the other Waterford whiskies I have reviewed, this one has no whisky matured in virgin American oak.
The nose offers a complex character with lemon cologne, rosemary, damp earth, dried dates, almonds, barnyard notes. Stunning!
The texture is slightly lighter than the others but still oily. Apricots linger in the front while quince brings dryness to the back with dried fruits, porridge and baking spices fill the rest.
The finish is long with cocoa beans, nutmeg, malty sweetness.
I can say that this 3 year old can fight to some 10-12 year olds!