I literally could not think of a critical word to throw at this dram if I tried. It’s whiskies like this that make me question what the hell most of the rest of Ireland has been doing for years. And further…makes me very, very excited for what is to come from Waterford in future years.
Let’s face it, Irish whiskey has needed a kick in the ass for years. It has lagged behind Scotch in all senses. But now, having run headlong into a bottle like this, it’s heartening to see just how pristine the drink can be when treated with the care it deserves. This is more than just cask strength Irish whiskey. It’s an absolute fruitbomb marriage of spectacular barrels bottled at the perfect age. I could go on, but it’s really unnecessary. Just buy this whiskey.
Nose: Fruity and floral and doused in rich milk chocolate. Creamy orange and tangerine. Custard and ginger.
A sprinkle of white pepper. Grilled pineapple. Oily jujubes. Soft, clean wood notes. White cake and very mild but balanced spices.
Palate: Huge bourbon-like arrival. Orange fruits. Grilled, caramelized pineapple. Pepper, cinnamon and ginger.
Toasted oak. Threads of vanilla. Still quite creamy. Warm pastry. Very rich, very deep and beautifully mouthcoating. Nice direct tie between nose and palate here.
Thoughts: This is a truly beautiful whisky. Incredible composition and brilliantly vibrant. The fruits are
exceptional. Probably the second best Irish dram I’ve ever tried.
– Images & Words: Curt