Waterford Bannow Island: Edition 1.1

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Farm Origin
Calculated age
03 years old
Am. Oak, Am. Virg. Oak, Fr. Oak & VDN
Number of bottles
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
20 May 2020 3:35 pm by Archer

Average value

£ 126.67

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Whisky Reviews for Waterford Bannow Island: Edition 1.1

50 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.82 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    3 years, 7 months, 27 days old, fermentation time 136.2 hours. The date of barley sowing (23.03.2015), the date of harvesting barley (07.09.2015), the date of arrival of the barley at the distillery (10.05.2016), the average sunshine duration (6 - 6 1/2 hours) in the field and a lot more information will follow. Maximum transparency. Great. You just have to be careful not to get lost in all this information and forget about the whiskey himself (without 'e'!). Because, despite his youth, he's pretty good. Now. To say that it tastes a little like Scotland would probably come close to “blasphemy”. But to say that he is a completely different Irish single malt than you are used to, maybe just works.

    Comparison Bannow Island (BI) / Ballykilcavan (B)

    BI more floral and fruity than B, B in comparison, more chocolatey and "tastier" in the nose. B shows a slightly sour note in comparison, which he did not show in the solo tasting. B "darker" than BI, B more towards the forest floor, BI more the spring flower meadow.

    B malty, more chocolate than BI. BI also remains in comparison with its leading floral and fruity note. In comparison, B looks “darker” than in solo tasting. Here even a little damp forest floor and mushrooms.

    The two don’t give each other any intensity in the finish, everyone cuts a really good figure in their own way.

    Conclusion comparison
    Different fields, different tastes. That was what Mr. Reynier wanted to prove. Proof successful. TEIREoir. Especially for Ireland with EIRE in the word "terroir". While in solo tasting m. E. the pendulum swings slightly in favor of Bannow Island, it can be found in the direct comparison in the middle of both bottlings. In anticipation of what will come ...
    • Nose
      87 87
      Very fresh first impression. Spring flower meadow, fresh laundry. Malt, whole milk chocolate. Because of his youth, one looks for green branches, pear notes, perhaps also for warm sheet metal - but: none. Instead, fresh yeast dough, vanilla, honey come in the further nosing. Still the spring flowers, they set the tone (and are tasty at the same time).
    • Taste
      87 87
      Strong, full, creamy and fruity sweet. Ripe strawberries, some rhubarb. Clearly chocolate and caramel. Fresh bread dough. Floral sweetness without being overwhelming. It's amazing how mature it looks on the tongue. Over time peppery seasoning, paprika powder, a hint of chili.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium (actually!) And dry. Malt and sugar beet syrup, honey, ground coffee beans, chocolate, pepper, grated nutmeg, flavored pipe tobacco, dried apricots, cut flowers.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2020] A lot of hype around Waterford distillery releases but is there any corner of the whiskey world without hypes these days? I doubt. So I managed to get a Waterford sample to check this underaged dram by my own taste buds...

    ...and they state: This is just another baby malt that smells and tastes like almost all other (unpeated) baby malts. Hard to tell differences beside speculations and certainly no reason to be hyped, according to my taste buds. But they never ever were impressed by a three years old, why should they? Because it is a new distillery? Come on...
    • Nose
      80 80
      The colour is jonquiripe corn and the nose offers the typical immature profile of an underaged dram with tons of sour mashy impressions, very shy fruits only, hardly identifiable floral notes and unfinished barley sugars. This could be any unpeated baby malt, to be honest. It is neither impressive nor delicious but there are no off-notes either. Clearly this nose is way too young as to tell any specifics about how the adult malt will be (except you are a master-blender and you have nosed tens of thousands of young drams before). Sorry folks, I am not a master-blender and I am not paedophilic as a drinker!
    • Taste
      81 81
      The taste is that of any ordinary baby malt too with loads of barley sugars, shy fruits and firm wooden notes again without any flaw. It is absolutely okay for a three years old but why should I drink such simple and replaceable stuff? And to be honest: I doubt that any ordinary drinker can tell how this malt will taste when it gets ten, fifteen or twenty years old (even the experts are very cautions to make such projections). So why drink it now?
    • Finish
      80 80
      The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate with a good mouthfeel for a three years old. The finish is of medium length and adds no new impressions as with almost all baby malts - where should these impressions come from, the maturation simply has not created them yet and it will take at least seven to ten more years until this is done (with unpeated malts, peated stuff matures faster).

  3. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Oh, this is much nicer than the Ballykilcavan. More in balance. And better developed it seems. There is ridiculously much flavour in it for a 3-year-old.
    • Nose
      Pears and green apples. But also dried barley and hay. Vanilla and green grapes. Lemons, which is followed by grapefruit and nectarines.
    • Taste
      Honey. Caramel and milk chocolate. It’s quite sweet but nice. Barley sugar. Strawberries and wine gums. Vanilla. And also a hint of freshly cut grass. Later some spices such as liquorice, ginger and white pepper.
    • Finish
      Mid-long with mostly caramel.

  4. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Von der Website der Brennerei:


    There’s plenty we would like to share with you about each whiskey. In fact, rather too much for a bottling label – that strange, tiny surface that has been regulated to death.

    Which is why drinkers will be able to access a new feature on the website, currently in beta version with more refinements to come.

    Every bottle of Waterford whiskey features its own pioneering TÉIREOIR code, which once entered online will reveal a host of unprecedented and engaging content related to the release.

    Using rich photography, and drawing upon our unrivalled digital logistics systems that collects thousands of data points, you will be able to explore maps of the place, the harvest, the grower, distillation details as well as view the full spectrum of wood.

    Built upon on our own bespoke software that brings together five data systems from farm to bottle, it has been a remarkable project to collate the data for each release: so watch this space.


  5. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    After Bruichladdich was sold Mark Reynier moved to Ireland and founded the new Waterford Distillery there. His search for terroir goes one. The first releases sold out immediately, but new bottlings are underway already. This Bannow Island was produced from barely from the eponymous farm and matured in a mix of casks: American oak, American virgin oak, French oak and French Vin Doux Naturel casks. It was cut to 50%.

    Whoa, this is a good nose! A lovely mix of rye bread and bakery spices, molded wood, potato peel and nutmeg. That is followed immediately by fruity notes of mango, pineapple and overripe banana on a bottom of pastry. Hint of sweetened, but cold coffee in the back. This is very promising and entertaining.

    Good body, nicely oily – and immediately pretty piquant. Ginger, nutmeg, anise, white pepper and a truckload of cloves. I suspect the French wine casks have had quite some influence. The rye bread now moves over to make room for more quasi tropical fruit. Next to mango and pineapple, some nectarines and raisins appear. Very good!

    The finish is quite long, sweet and dry, but very satisfying.

    While it certainly shows some young, rough edges, this is a very interesting malt. Craftmanship. It was released at 70 EUR and is worth it.

  6. wisekycourse scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    very pronounced and pleasant, on vanilla, cream, red fruits, sour candies
    slight trace of varnish, malt, wood and spicy sweetness, return with a little honey!
    dry woodiness, almond cream, herbs in return a little dried out, spices on the pepper, the alcohol arrives there a little significant
    slightly undifferentiated fruits, like a fruit basket, it smells of fresh fruit, it's airy as a sensation, with malt and almond kernel at the end
    spicy, alcoholic which leaves the same scents lasting, fruit on the scent of Harlequin candies on the one hand, and wood and cereals on the other.

  7. wisekycourse scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    nose difficult to define, but rather pleasant, dried fruits can be? Super dense on the palate, beautiful substance, it chews a bit with a nice complexity.
    it is fresh, malty and cereal.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. Expraesi scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  9. Squinugie scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. holborndrinker scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    Hopefully I just have a duff bottle, but all I get is fish - like cat food. pretty rank.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Weetabix & flowers - quite pleasant.
    • Taste
      69 69
      Bizarrely I get fish - a first for me.
    • Finish
      69 69
      Fish still.


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