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Waterford Arcadian - Gaia 1.1
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The riverside Waterford Distillery wanted to delve into the concept of terroir in barley with its Arcadian series, and the first release in the range was Gaia 1.1, Ireland’s first organic single malt — certified by the Organic Trust and all!
The whisky (not a typo — the distillery goes against the grain and prefers the spelling rather than ‘whiskey’) is distilled from Irish barley grown by seven different farmers, and matured in four cask types: predominantly first-fill American oak, with smaller proportions drawn from French oak, virgin American oak, and Vin Doux Naturel (naturally sweet wines). It’s an intriguing whisky to say the least, with the unusual barley character really shining through in a well-balanced combination of sweet, herbal, and savoury flavours.
Preserved lemon, fresh mint, and vanilla shortbread, with a touch of nutmeg, and savoury sea breeze
Crème brûlée and fig sweetness, with a briny note leading into cut grass, and oily barley
Candied citrus peels and black pepper heat