Bannow Island Edition 1.2 Single Farm Origin Irish Single Malt Whisky
Driven by terroir and provenance and obsessed by the finest of details, Waterford looks set to become the next ‘big thing’ in highly collectable whisky. Think Ireland’s answer to Daftmill…
Waterford Distillery is the latest project from Mark Reynier, the maverick who resurrected Islay’s Bruichladdich and turned into one of the most sought-after and pioneering whisky producers in the world. Based in a state-of-the-art facility originally built by Diageo for Guinness on the banks of the River Suir, in the southeast corner of Ireland, Waterford are creating some of the country’s most exciting malts. Inspired by his time in the wine industry, Reynier pays close attention to the provenance of the barley, working with 72 different Irish farms – some organic, some biodynamic and all shaped by their distinct microclimates and soils. This is very modern, terroir-driven Irish whisky (note the dropping of the ‘e’) and as such each bottle has a unique TÉIREOIR code (see what they’ve done there?), which can be entered on their website to uncover a wealth of information on the release, including photographs, maps and details on the harvest, grower, distillation and wood maturation.
The much-anticipated second release from this exciting new operation is a range of Single Farm Origin whiskies showcasing the very different flavours of barley grown during the 2015 season – an exceptional vintage for fine wine around the globe, but also for barley in Ireland apparently.
Bannow Island Edition 1.2 was distilled in 2016 from Overture barley grown by Ed Harpur on the southern coast of County Wexford. These sandy fields are battered by salty sea winds of the Atlantic and the whisky was matured in a combination of first-fill American oak, French oak and ex-Vin Doux Naturel fortified wine casks, before being bottled without colouring, chill-filtration or additives. Only a very limited number of bottles have been released and it has been aged for 4 months longer than Edition 1.1. Expect ripe pear, salted caramel, honeycomb, muesli studded with raisins and chocolate chips, custard creams, citrus blossom, rose petals, barley sugars, honey, Christmas spices, melon scattered with mint leaves, honey, stroopwafels and a long, gloriously oily finish. Judging by how quick Edition 1.1 sold, we don't expect this to hang around.
£11.43 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3284989
Style No.: 827709
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