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The Dunmore bottling is made from barley grown by John Tynan in County Laois, on a westerly-facing, lowland terroir by an ancient medieval fort - Dún Mór, Big Fort. Distilled in 2016, it spends 1447 days aging in cask (35% American Used, 35% American New, 25% French oak, 20% Vin doux natural (sweet wine cask). Spicy shortbread, lemon pound cake, and light ginger (gingersnap) notes on the nose are followed by some apple-quince preserve, orange zest malted-barley musk. The palate is richer and you get a real feel for the depth of flavor in this exquisitely farmed barley.
About Waterford Distillery:
While Ireland might boast 100+ whisky brands, in reality the juice most of these bottles comes from one of three distilleries on the island. So while the category of Irish Whisky might seem diverse, it's a bit of smoke and mirrors and good marketing. Enter Mark Reynier, the man who revived Islay's Bruichladdich distillery in the early 2000s and the maverick behind Waterford Distillery.
"I’m out to make the most distinctive single malt the world has ever seen and it is the cognoscenti who will be the buyers of it. What we are doing is an intellectual proposition. It is for the curious, not the followers," Mark said in an early 2020 interview.
Housed in a former Guiness Brewery, Waterford Distillery is squarely focused on the influence of terroir on whisky, sourcing barley from single farms and distilling them in single batches, as one would produce wine from a single grand cru vineyard in Burgundy. Waterford is also the first distillery to produce a whisky from certified organic barley, which they have named 'Gaia'.
The traceability, or provenance, of these whiskies is insane, truly unlike any other on the market. Age-statements shown in the number of days. Barrel regiment is broken down by type of barrel and percentage of the final blend. The single-origin bottlings are named after the farms where the barley is sourced, and also mention the name of the farmer and geographic coordinates of the farm. There is a fanatical level of detail put into these spirits, and it certainly shows in the glass.