Waterford Organic Gaia 1.1 Irish Single Malt Whisky

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Crafted with organic barley from 6 different farms, this expression is the first certified-organic whisky from Ireland. The single malt is matured in 42% first-fill American oak, 17% virgin American oak, 23% French oak, and 18% Vin Doux Naturel (sweet fortified wine) casks before being bottled at 100 proof.
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Mark Reynier is no stranger to the world of whisky. He was responsible for the renaissance of Bruichladdich, bringing his wine expertise and the importance of terroir into the equation. He opposed Bruichladdich being sold to Rémy Cointreau, which is why he eventually left when the take-over took place in 2012. Unwilling to give up on the industry he had grown to love, he acquired a former Guinness brewery in Waterford, Ireland, and transformed it into a distillery, continuing the tradition of single malt whisky in which terroir plays an integral part. It's in that state-of-the-art facility on the south-eastern coast of Ireland, that they have the finest materials at their disposal: pure spring water from ancient wells, passionate distillers, and some of the world's finest barley.

In Reynier's terroir-centered philosophy, barley is king. The most important is the location and manner of growing and harvesting. Waterford has contracts with 46 local barley farmers that cultivate the grass in 19 distinct soil types, and each farmer's barley is distilled separately, capturing the essence of the land it was grown on. Each week a single farm's barley is distilled, with total transparency and traceability ― you can check the current and past ones on their regularly-updated website. Each bottle comes with a TÉIREOIR code you can enter into the website to get access to a wealth of content related to the release.

Six of those farms are organic and these get distilled together into Ireland's first certified-organic whisky ― Waterford Organic Gaia 1.1. Matured in 42% first-fill American oak, 17% virgin American oak, 23% French oak, and 18% Vin Doux Naturel (sweet fortified wine) casks, the expression is bottled at 100 proof without chill filtration. "We have placed barley – where and how it is grown – at the heart of what we do, curious about where the real whisky flavour may be found. A natural progression of this philosophy is to see what not only single farm origins can accomplish but what organically grown barley can do when it is given the right platform," says Reynier of the first expression in their new Arcadian Series that is focused on alternative growing methods and radical growers.

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Proof 100 (50% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name Waterford Distillery
Size 750mL
The nose opens with cereal, vanilla, orange peel, honey, a touch of spice, and floral undertones. It's spicy on the palate with black pepper and cloves, as well as plenty of oak and fruit, most notably a pear note. Finishes with a lingering fruity sweetness.
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