Waterford Organic Gaia Edition 1.1
Waterford // Ireland
The first year of farming (2015), Waterford Distillery recruited six farmers to produce Irish-grown organic malting barley. While the yield is lower than regular malted barley, Waterford still manages lay down 400 to 600 casks of organic spirit a year. Waterford Organic Gaia Edition 1.1 matured in 43% first-fill American oak, 17% virgin American oak, 23% premium French oak and 18% VDN casks.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask Typefirst-fill American oak, virgin American oak, ex-Vin Doux Naturel casks, and French oak
"The barley and cereal notes are omnipresent, always lurking. Hints of droopy honey enhance the sweet floral notes, but vanilla, orange zest, mush bananas and raw sugar stand out as well. The palate is thick, oily and spicy. A fair amount of oak and heat, with cloves and pepper vying for attention. Cherries, quinces, pear skin and dried apricots restore the balance. Another well-rounded, impressive showing from Waterford."