Country: Ireland Distillery: Waterford
Type: Single Malt
Cask: 1st fill ex-American Whiskey, French Oak, Vin Doux Naturel
Teireoir Code: F016E01-01
Nose: Malt porridge, tangerine, dusty grain, barnyard, baking spices, toasted oak.
Palate: Oily, cooked apples, black pepper, raspberries, coffee, and malt biscuit.
Finish: Sweet with oak spices, toasted oak, cloves, caramelized sugar. Malty sweetness
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
Waterford Rathclogh Edition 1.1 is a single farm origin whisky. The farm is located around Danesfort, an ancient site that has a huge Viking impact. A farm with gravel soil is the home of the barley that was used for this bottle and the grower is Richard Raftice.
Rathclogh Edition 1.1 is the oldest Waterford Whisky I have ever tasted. Like Dunmore 1.1 and Dunbell 1.1, Irina variety is used and this time the fermentation period is 141 hours. Luvisol type soil with a low sunlight exposure is again the dominant soil type. Less virgin oak is used compared to Dunbell and the French oak increased.
First Fill ex-American Whiskey
Virgin American Oak
Premium French Oak
Vin Doux Naturel
Barrel Composition for Rathclogh Edition 1.1 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.
Waterford Rathclogh Edition 1.1 misses being a 4-year-old whisky by only 5 days. As I told it is the oldest I have tried.
Overall, it gives me a rustic feeling with barnyard, baking spices, and toasted oak on the nose. The palate is actually pretty rich with peppers, red fruits, malty character and darker tones like coffee with cooked apples. THe finish is totally sweet with caramelized sugar, toasted oak, cloves and malty sweetness. Every time I could imagine the color brown when I tasted this whisky.
Spice forward starts always resolve into some fruity or sweeter flavors. I am really interested to see how Rathclogh will evolve in its new editions in time. I will keep samples from these bottles and possibly compare them with the new ones as soon as I get them.