Waterford Ballykilcavan: Edition 1.1

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

£ 120.14

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Whisky Reviews for Waterford Ballykilcavan: Edition 1.1

57 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.76 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. 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.

  3. 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

  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. markjedi1 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Irish Lowland

    Waterford is the new Irish distillery from Mark Reynier, which we all remember from his years at Bruichladdich. His search for terroir – or Tèireoir as he very cleverly put on the label – continues undiminished for his new bottlings, of which the very first releases sold out in a flash. This Ballykicavan matured on a combination of American oak, French oak and French Vin Doux Natural casks. The barley, as the name suggests, comes from one single farm: Ballykilcavan. Hence the moniker Single Farm Origin.

    The nose is very young and shows quite some new make-y traits. Luckily I quite like new make. Some sweet barley, farmy scents, freshly cut grass, oats and vanilla. After a few moments some fruity notes appear in the guise of green banana, juicy apricots and lime zest. Some graphite as well. And a touch of rubber, I’m sorry to say. In all honesty, this nose reminds me more of a Scottish Lowland malt then an Irish one.

    The body is very creamy and the malt is bittersweet. The sweet barley and citrus fruit return, with some pepper, but the new make-y notes return as well. I can almost taste the mash! Nevertheless, it is pretty good. I’m actually a bit impressed. Vanilla and a sudden uppercut of caramel make it very sweet – more so than the nose promised. It actually turns a bit candy-like.

    I get some more unripe banana, but also apples and pears in the surprisingly long, bittersweet and somewhat drying finish.

    Not bad for such a young malt, but not great either. Does not feel Irish at all, but that is fine, of course. What bothered me a bit was the note of rubber on the nose and the rather candy-like taste, but the finish made up for all of that. Initially released around 70 EUR.

  6. 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)

  7. 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.

  8. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Not very balanced, but not very bad either. There is a bit of a sulphur edge to it and now that I have tasted it more often it seems to be a bit worse. It feels a bit young, which is of course not strange because it is a young single malt. ;-) Without that sulphur edge, I think I would have scored it a little higher.
    • Nose
      It’s quite malty. Oats and fresh lemon peels. A hint of sulphur. Barley sugar. Freshly cut grass. Grapefruit. A few spices. Purple wine gums.
    • Taste
      Barley sugar again. A hint of honey. Caramel fudge. Sulphur here as well. Milk chocolate. Oats. Grapefruit. Some kind of off note.
    • Finish
      Short to mid-long. Oats and black pepper.

  9. nallacam scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Well, I was hoping for something more. Maybe you should have waited a bit for the first releases. For me there has hardly been any development in the barrel as if it were a spirit ... although it is close in age
    I think Daftmill has done a lot right, regarding a fruity, light product that takes a little more time to develop its own character.
    Ardnamurchan comes to mind as a contradictory example, which uses a different style, uses small barrels and sherry barrel maturation to help young distillate get the necessary expression. Of course it's also a matter of taste.
    Even if I like bourbon barrel ripening that doesn't completely cover the distillery character, I lacked any character here.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Fruit, mainly in the form of quince and pear. The alcohol is very present, a little too pushy for me. Cereals and muesli, then there is a hint of glue ... develops in the direction of the banana. Towards the end it becomes fresher, with lemon.
      A rather reserved nose that has to fight alcohol.
    • Taste
      79 79
      The start is slightly peppery, then becomes a little sweeter. Mineral mouthfeel, then slight bitterness comes from the barrel.
    • Finish
      77 77
      Short and easy.

  10. Derufus scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

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


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