Waterford Bannow Island: Edition 1.1

Overall rating
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

£ 96.03

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63 × member ratings

406 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Waterford Bannow Island: Edition 1.1

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.11 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. 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.


  3. Rien scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  4. matfrl scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. Odysseus93 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. MrYens scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  7. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. Gldflo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    typically Irish, very fresh, springtime, floral. Very pleasant on the palate, easy to grasp, without any headache. A small complaint? Maybe a little lack of length.


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