Happy St. Patrick’s Day! On this amazing day I’ll be celebrating with what may be my latest obsession. Waterford Whisky! Not only am I drinking an Irish Whisky, but I can tell you the exact year, farm and field this Whisky’s Irish Barley came from. If I’ve not already given it away in my title, this whisky is from the Dunmore Farm.
The folks at Waterford have partnered with 86 Irish farms, each with 19 distinct soil types and microclimates to produce barley that is featured in each bottle. Each farmer deposits the barley into a separate grain store to maintain the individual flavor of that barely. Unlike other distillers who dump all the barley harvests from multiple farmers into one silo.
When you purchase the bottle in the back you will see a téireoir code. If you go to their website you can input this code and it allows you to see the specifics on the farm.
Specifics on the Dunmore bottle we purchased:
Grower: John Tynan; Harvested: August 17, 2015; Distilled: Week 27 2016; Maturation: 3 Years, 11 months and 17 days; ABV: 50%; No. of Bottles: 13,000; Market: U.S.A; Bottled: August 2020
They even have a brilliant graphic on their site that shows you the barrels used: 33% First Fill American; 18% Virgin America; 25% Premium French and 24% Vin Doux Naturel.
Nose: malt, peppercorn, cinnamon and leather
Palate: spices, chocolate, lemon, apples, pears and grapefruit
Finish: cloves and citrus
Cost: $84 (what we paid)
Before I get into the review, there is so much information about this bottle on their website. It’s so amazing to see the transparency and to really fully understand the process this whisky went through. Not only on the bottle but on the whole distillery itself. There is so much information that it is rather overwhelming but in a good way. If you’re the person that looks at the facts of your whisky then this website has all that and more. You can check it out for yourself: http://www.waterfordwhisky.com
OK, time for the review! This whisky is amazing! It is smooth, you get loads of green apple, fruit and lovely notes of chocolate. It warms you up from start to finish. The taste is very classy and sophisticated. Which blows your mind since it’s less than 4yrs old. I will put it out there and say, out of all the Irish Whiskies I’ve purchased this year, which there have been a lot, this one is by far my favorite.
Not only is this a classy tasting whisky, but it is also a very classy looking bottle. I mean it’s beautiful. So much so that we plan to keep the bottle afterward and will simply fill it up with water.
I am looking forward to trying out all the whiskies from the other farms, as I expect them to be vastly different. I definitely recommend trying this farm. If you’ve tried another farm, let me know your thoughts and whether it’s worth the try.
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.