Big news from Ireland’s Waterford Distillery. After 7 years in the making, they are releasing their flagship Irish Single Malt – The Cuvee. Inspired by owner Mark Reynier’s fine wine background, this unique whiskey combines 25 individually crafted, terroir-driven single malts into one glorious dram. Each whiskey in The Cuvee is one of the Waterford Single Farm Origin Whiskies – each one crafted with barley from an individual crop in southern Ireland, harvested, malted, and distilled for ultimate flavour integrity and expression. Each whiskey matured in either American or French oak barrels before being masterfully layered together by Head Distiller Ned Gahan. As with the Grand Vins of Bordeaux, this is a whiskey unlike any other – a genuine innovation in the spirits industry. Reynier had this to say about the momentous creation: “This is no ordinary whisky—it is our lodestar, a key milestone on our terroir-driven journey—our raison d’etre.”
Bottled at 50% ABV, this single malt is non-chill filtered with no colour added, and retails for about $95.
Official tasting note:
Appearance: Golden sunrise with intense oils.
Nose: Red apples, fresh dry soil, breadcrust, green foliage, lavender, digestive biscuits, oranges, barmbrack, over ripe banana skin, a summer flower bed, fresh mint, coffee cake.
Taste: Clove sweets, white pepper, oily, grapefruit, lemon zest, dark chocolate, dry toast, cherries, granola bar, dried herbs, aniseed, green olives, 3 peel marmalade.