Waterford Sheestown: Edition 1.1

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Farm Origin
Calculated age
04 years old
US FF, US New Oak, Fr Oak, Vin Doux Naturel
Number of bottles
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
30 Jun 2020 11:27 am by Archer

Average value

£ 64.45

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107 × member ratings

624 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Waterford Sheestown: Edition 1.1

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.67 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Fascinating whiskey. 3 years, 10 months, 25 days old. If you leave aside the somewhat tight finish, you won't notice his very young age. Thanks to the incredible fermentation time of 131.5 hours? Cannot be determined that way. But the fact is that it is quite a board now - and I catch myself filling the empty glass with one last, but now really last, sip.
    • Nose
      86 86
      A freshly mown meadow that was not only covered with grass, but also provided with wild herbs and flowers. Fresh and floral with a hint of fresh yeast dough. Marzipan, milk chocolate.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Rich and very chocolaty start. Toffee, fudge, milk chocolate, milk coffee dusted with cinnamon. Dry wood, dried apricots, whereby the fruit notes have only a very subtle appearance. The focus is clearly on chocolate and fudge, cocoa also mixes in over time, so that you get the impression of having a liquid chocolate-fudge-caramel candy in your mouth.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The chocolate notes slowly fade, here and there a bit of spiciness of pepper appears, which is then softened again by cinnamon and coriander. Cold coffee with milk, coffee grounds, an indefinable sweetness.

  2. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I haven’t been overheating my F5 button to get the first official bottlings of the Waterford distillery but I was curious enough to join an initiative in which 4 different expressions were sampled into 3cl bottles. So I grabbed my sample set. First one: Sheestown 1.1
    • Nose
      Young but full of character! It’s fresh, sweet and dry. There’s loads of grassy notes like in lemongrass, mint and pine trees. But also there’s quite some dried herbal and fresh oak influences. Fruitiness is there but subtle. I get tropical citrus fruits like lychees and pomelo but also a whiff of unripe pear. I must say this is quite an interesting nose after just 4 years in a cask. Over time the nose gets a more raw/earthy/grainy/farmy character. Like in those food pellets they feed to cows.
    • Taste
      Malty, sweet, oily and also rather spirity. It’s predictable continuation of the nose. Honey, cinnamon, schnapps, unripe fruits.
    • Finish
      Again malty, bittersweet & dry. Medium length. Not much of a difference compared to flavors I described before in the nose and taste.

      It does have a lot of character but it lacks age. It gives you quite a good reference of what Waterford can do I guess

  3. whisky313 did not rate this whisky Specialist

    Sheestown: Edition 1.1 – grown just outside the historic town of Kilkenny on an undulating, well-drained, lowland terroir predominantly derived from limestone, by Phil O’Brien, father of one of the distillery workers.

  4. RobbievdB scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    During the taste I get that typical Irish Whiskey sweetness, but overall I find this first edition of Waterford Sheestown not that impressive. Sure you’ve got to praise them for releasing this at young age and it’s interesting to see how this will be when it approaches 10yo. Back to the whiskey; grassy, quite some wood shavings and wood spices, some young unripe fruits and dashes of chocolate. Quite herbal and earthy.

  5. Erik1908 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Waterford, the new mystery distillery from Ireland. If I got things right, Waterford will be able to produce a wide variety of different tastes, by using barley from different local farmers, each with their own style and flavors. The first bottles have now been released and I was lucky enough to get a sample of the first 4 different bottles. This is the 2nd one I get to taste.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Nose is for sure the best. part Young, grassy and sweet. It again reminds me of a young grain whisk(e)y.
    • Taste
      81 81
      It again goes wrong in the taste. Oily and thick. Slightly alcoholic and bitter.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Things do not get better in the finish. Bitter and unpleasant spices.

      Two down, two to go, but I am not really convinced about Waterford (yet).

  6. Defeatless scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This is quite a good whiskey, although young it doesn't feel much like it.
    Yet I would like to see this one back in 6 years. I think it might be sublime.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sweet, grassy, wet forrest. Quite herbal so to say. A bit yeasty and you get some marzipan notes which indeed indicate young age.
      Although this is quite well integrated already, this has potential to grow to big standards!
    • Taste
      85 85
      Sweet and flowery. Herbal notes are here again. Some coffee and chocolate notes (with a swirl of Tia Maria). Not aggressive at all.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium length. Here there is a little nib of the young age, a tad bitter and a tad unrested.
      Overall quite some caramel layered finish.

  7. SRB scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Drinks amazingly well, more of it.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Chopped herbs, pizza dough, fresh leaves, green bananas, blooming moor, slightly mineral and flowery
      The alcohol is very well integrated.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Fudge candy, sweet, white pepper, green grapes, a drop of honey, matches
      Difficult to describe, not particularly complex, yet full of body and no missing notes.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Briefly spicy, then a malty-fruity sweetness remains

  8. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  9. Hupsende Hippie scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      floral, grassy, fruity, sweet, trees, spicy, lychee, pear
    • Taste
      Oil, pepper (a bit too much for my taste), sweet, floral, lychee, quite firm/strong/full, and quite a lot of chocolate / cinnamon / cocoa / caramel, it is also spicy / grassy / woody. Lots to discover and gets tastier with every sip!

  10. Igitor scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      74 74


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