Waterford Distillery, the barley-forward, terroir-driven Irish distiller, has released Ireland’s very first organic whisky in the modern age. Organic Gaia 1.2 was distilled in 2016 from organic Irish barley grown by a small, dedicated band of organic farmers. The single malt whisky is certified by the Organic Trust. John Mallick, Paddy Tobin, Alan Jackson, Pat and Denis Booth, Jason Stanley and Trevor Harris rose to the challenge laid down by Waterford Distillery to produce the first Irish-grown organic malting barley. It forms part of Waterford’s Arcadian Series, which celebrates radical growers and alternative philosophies, including heritage grains and unusual growing methods.
Using the organic malting barley the whiskey gains in purity and definition of flavour. Waterford Whiskey lays down 400 to 600 casks of organic spirit a year and buy all the Irish grown organic malting barley that they can get their hands on.
Head Distiller’s Observations
Appearance: Deep copper, with unctuous oils – and legs as slow as mine if I made it to mile 26 of a marathon.
Nose: A rose bed after a summer shower, white pepper, rhubarb tart, salted caramel, popcorn, fudge, marshmallows, cherries, vine tomatoes.
Taste: White pepper, orange zest, almond, dates, lemon sherbet, liquorice, gentle maltiness and warm chocolate brownie.
Finish: Warm spices that gently goes to leave a cherry biscuit note.
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