Sheestown 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 first 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.
Sheestown Edition 1.1 was distilled in 2016 from Irina barley grown by Phillip O’Brien just outside Kilkenny. The lushness of this verdant land can be tasted in the whisky, which 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 9,000 bottles were released, of which very few made their way over the Irish Sea and the majority have sold out long ago. Expect honeyed granola, porridge drizzled with honey, poached pear and cream, quince jelly, apple sauce, Christmas cake, marmalade, clove and honeycomb. As the inaugural release from Sheestown, this is already a collector’s item, and with its festive flavours, it makes a mighty fine Christmas present.
£11.43 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3437673
Style No.: 827710
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