N: Light vanilla-ey naturally savoury-sweet grain whiskey-like/blended nose – compare it alongside Famous Grouse, I dare you! Also, light summer fruits talk of Cantaloupe melon, ripe yellow apples, and pears. Without the full details, I forget what the abv’s are now, but 50% rings a bell.
T: We’ve a neatly chiselled/very clean arrival with soft slightly fruity barley-all-the-way curves. There’s just the beginnings of what might develop into a chewy toffee-d creamy barley mouthfeel after a few more years down the line, in oak. A little water, in fact, brings out more of those toffee-d, even fudgy [> raisiny > coppery] notes. With an involving form, seemingly light at first but with an ever-expanding presence, I expect this whiskey style will mature rather well in the years to come, not that that is exactly the plan at Waterford. What’s the cask policy again? First-fill [for now] I seem to remember, and how many casks? 50??
F: There’s no bite, there’s no sense of excessive tempering, no tannin growls, and boy does it sail on through with a thoroughly pleasing coppery < sweet UK-bourbon-like conclusion.
C: Beautiful beginnings, an accomplished 3yo with utterly no flaws. Scores [starting at 78 before moving up to 80 and 82 before settling at] 84 points.