Lakefield Edition 1.1 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 inaugural releases have been a range of Single Farm Origin whiskies showcasing the very different flavours of barley grown around the country, and Lakefield Edition 1.1 is one of the first to come from the 2016 harvest.
Lakefield Edition 1.1 was distilled in 2017 from Irina barley grown by Seamus Duggan on his farm to the east of Durrow in County Laois. Waterford are big fans of his barley, awarding him Barley Grower of the Year Trophy for his 2019 crop. They’ve matured the Single Malt for three years and seven months 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. Around 30,000 bottles were filled, of which very few made their way over the Irish Sea and the majority have sold out long ago. Expect freshly baked apple pie, rhubarb and custard, pears, honeydew melon, crusty bread, chocolate-covered malted milk biscuits, lavender cupcakes topped with buttercream icing and a pine-like juniper note. As the inaugural release from Lakefield Farm, this is already a collector’s item, and with its wonderfully fruity flavour profile, it’s sure to become incredibly popular.
Waterford is the choice for true connoisseurs and this beautifully nuanced series is quite unlike anything else in the whisky world.
£11.43 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3354080
Style No.: 851801
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