Waterford Ballykilcavan: Edition 1.1

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Farm Origin
Calculated age
03 years old
American Oak, French Oak & Vin Doux Naturel
Number of bottles
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
20 May 2020 3:36 pm by Archer

Average value

£ 142.99

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176 × member ratings

702 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Waterford Ballykilcavan: Edition 1.1

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

  1. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    3 years, 11 months, 18 days old, fermentation time 150.5 hours. The seeds of the barley (03/19/2015), the barley harvest (08/17/2015), the arrival of the barley at the distillery (01/26/2016) - and a lot more information can be found via the code on the bottle on the distillery's homepage retrievable. What more could you want as a whiskey nerd. If it tastes the way it tastes at just under four years of age, then it will be interesting to see how it will taste at, let's say, 10 years old.

    Comparison Bannow Island (BI) / Ballykilcavan (B)

    BI is more floral and fruity than B, B is more chocolatier and more "dignified" in the nose. In comparison, B shows a slightly sour note, which it did not have in the solo tasting. B “darker” than BI, B more towards the forest floor, BI more towards the spring flower meadow.

    B malty, chocolateier than BI. BI stays with its leading floral and fruity note even in comparison. In comparison, B looks “darker” than in solo tasting. Here even a slightly damp forest floor and mushrooms.

    The two do not give each other anything in terms of intensity in the finish, each cuts a really good figure in his own way.

    Conclusion comparison
    Different fields, different tastes. Well, that was what Mr. Reynier was trying to prove. Proof succeeded. TEIREoir. Especially for Ireland with EIRE in the word "Terroir". While in solo tasting m. E. If the pendulum swings slightly in favor of Bannow Island, it can be found in the direct comparison pretty much in the middle of both bottlings. In joyful anticipation of what is to come ...
    • Nose
      86 86
      Fresh and fruity with pineapple, green grapes, mild pepper. Honey and vanilla, Tropi Frutti gummy bears. Grated almonds, marzipan, milk chocolate, nougat. Green apple.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Discreetly powerful, creamy and mouth-filling. Dry wood, whole milk chocolate. At the beginning it has a certain sweetness, it just can't be identified. A little more taste ... applesauce made from green apples? Dried banana chips? Yes, in that direction. Malt. Caramel candy, sugar beet syrup. A touch of black bread. Mild flavor over time, resulting in woody dryness.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length (sic!) And slightly dry. Here in the finish it is clearly malty and chocolaty. Fruit sorbet made from apricots and green apples.

  2. wisekycourse scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    nose on pretty pretty honey, and on cereals, on the palate it seems less complex, easier to drink but less sexy ... less horny!
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  3. thijs100 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    It is nice enough, but clearly not on the same level as the Bannow Island.
    • Nose
      Fresh strawberries, underripe banana skin and lemon yoghurt. A faint hint of struck matches in the background, but also freshly cut grass, a few barley husks, oat cookies, vanilla pods and orange zest. Finally a touch of peach. I want to judge this on it’s own merit, but that’s difficult when tasting these side-by-side. It’s a little more austere and certainly less complex than the Bannow Island.
    • Taste
      Good mouthfeel again and a tinge of black cracked pepper corns, but that sulphur definitely makes an encore. I know some of the earlier Waterford wine casks have had some trouble with this and it seems some have made their way into this vatting. I’m sensitive to this and it takes me a while to overcome, although I’ve had FAR worse offenders. Hints of cinnamon, caramel and a touch of malt.
    • Finish
      Lingering orchard fruits (apples, stewed pears) and a subtle grassiness. Nice ending after a slightly more challenging middle. Medium to long.

  4. Archer scored this whisky 86 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. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Balance (20)
    The aroma is interesting (given the age of course). The spice from the new tubs is excessive. In general, 3 USD / 100 € / ... where is this world rolling (82)
    • Nose
      Malt, vanilla, a little acetone mineral water, yellow fruits, ripe numeyku fruit, a hint of an extinguished candle in a cowshed ... bread notes. (21)
    • Taste
      The taste is round, oily, fruity, spicy with a bunch of vegetables and soft notes (21)
    • Finish
      Finish vegetable, spicy, oily, mineral ... (20)

  6. wisekycourse scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    cereal and creamy on vanilla cream, honey with its small sweet grains on the top.
    on fresh fruit a little crushed, apple forward
    a little vegetal return on the artichoke, then a little peach and apricot
    fairly pronounced spices, the young malt that emerges, a dry woody side, the alcohol arrives with a little almonds, a little bitterness that persists
    yellow fruits (pear and cooked banana) finally but fleetingly, pepper comes back and dominates.
    spicy, a little woody, cereal yes and peppery, quite short.

  7. Derufus scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  8. Odinson scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  9. Rien scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  10. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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


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