Waterford Distillery Gaia Organic Irish Single Malt Whisky Edition 1.1 - Ireland (750ml)
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Mark Reynier, who helped revamp the dilapidated Bruichladdich Distillery, travelled nearly 900km to start up Waterford Distillery in Ireland. Where Bruichladdich started to touch the surface of the idea of terroir on whisky, Waterford is going the distance. The first in Waterford’s Arcadian Series is the Organic Gaia 1.1 containing uncommon barley harvests.
All distillates were matured in a combination of first-fill French and American oak. After a minimum of three years in the cooperage, the liquid was married and bottled at 50% ABV, devoid of coloring, chill-filtration or any other form of adulteration. They come elegantly packaged in a presentation of sturdy, translucent cobalt, a glass topper holding it all in.
Waterford doesn’t finish their whiskey, nor do they add colouring or additives.
The cask composition breaks down as follows: 42% first-fill American oak, 17% virgin American oak, 23% premium French oak, and 18% Vin Doux Naturel.
Nose : It is funky and complex, you get the malt and the yeast fighting to be up front. Nutmeg creeps through and brings out the fruitiness. The whiskey flip-flops between pastry, like a warm pear galette, and fresh baked loaves of soda bread. Salt air and porridge mingle before plum and fig arrive at the end.