Waterford Ballymorgan: Edition 1.1

Overall rating
82.68/100
votes
146
Whiskybase ID
WB161240
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Farm Origin
Vintage
05.2016
Bottled
07.2020
Calculated age
04 years old
Casktype
US FF, US New Oak, Fr Oak, Vin Doux Naturel
Number of bottles
9000
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5391536630102
Added on
30 jun 2020 11:28 am by Archer
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

£ 67.10

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146 × member ratings

723 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Waterford Ballymorgan: Edition 1.1

32 users have left 35 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 82.68 points.

  1. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    3 years, 10 months, 23 days old, you really have to let it (and the whiskey) melt in your mouth. Where other whiskeys of this age still bathe heartily in pear water, put warm tin on the tongue and don't stingy with freshly stripped branches, this boy already delivers a lot of what makes a good whiskey. 136 hours of fermentation time, by the way.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Dried herbs, hanging in an old room, the floor made of clay, dried flowers in a vase in the window. Cold coffee grounds mixed with block malt, yeast dough and a hint of dried lavender. Marjoram, chervil, tarragon. And yet there are also hints of a fresh note of freshly sliced red apples and mirabelle plums.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet apple crumble, malt, toffee, milk chocolate. And then a dry wood note comes around the corner pretty quickly, bringing leather notes and tobacco leaves with it. Slightly tart herbs on the tongue - marjoram and chervil to it - give it a certain depth. Tart honey, sugar beet syrup.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Soon comes to a fine bitter conclusion. Fudge, caramel, dark chocolate, and cold coffee bring up the rear.

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  3. Boletus did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Quite young, a bit impetuous and with a few raw brandy notes, this malt comes up. The lively and aromatic brandy is fun, but it just needs a few more years of maturity. In my opinion, it doesn't quite have the class of ''Sheestown: Edition 1.1'', but that's certainly a matter of taste. Definitely a high quality brandy in good casks. With a few more years of aging to allow the sharp metallic note to dissipate, something pretty awesome can happen here.
    • Nose
      Grassy green barley, a herbal note resonates, chopped parsley and chervil, some fresh marjoram is also there, as well as a light root vegetable aroma in the direction of shaved carrots and raw parsnips, a metallic impact with many coppery notes indicates the noticeable youth with a slightly alcoholic touch , green bananas, unripe raspberries and a few currants bring a sour overtone into play, fresh oak tones like a broken green twig, some yeast dough in the background, with time more and more vanilla pushes to the fore
    • Taste
      With a slightly grassy start, the very playful yeasty barley is sent into the race, tingling acidity rages on the tongue, currants, some sorrel, the lively hustle and bustle of the brandy is accompanied by a somewhat incisive metallic copper note, unripe bananas, becomes more and more peppery and Herbaceous, again parsley and chervil, savory and tarragon, minimal juniper, with a clear dilution of saliva, unsweetened carrot juice and milk chocolate come to the fore and are carried by a greenish oak note
    • Finish
      Medium length, a peppery spiciness flashes briefly, then unsweetened cocoa turns into dark milk chocolate, the barley has a pronounced malt profile, finally the fresh oak comes to the fore with force, black coffee, scattered green olives with chopped parsley, dry woody and ending slightly earthy with a metallic aftertaste, a belated pretty vanilla note appears from the sinking

  4. Peakwhisky scored this whisky 77 points Expert Junior

  5. Dramming Dutchman scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  6. lingige scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  7. Ninofdram scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  8. Squinugie scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  9. TimkoT scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      78 78

  10. MrYens scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  11. THoekstra scored this whisky 70 points Expert Junior

    This one was not for me. Rubbed me the wrong way.

  12. The_Osprey scored this whisky 69 points Expert Senior

    Waterford Ballymorgan Edition 1.1, 50%. Consumed Dec 2020. Aroma is malty, estery, bread crumbs, faint tropical fruits. Sort of like stale bread essence. Taste is similarly bready, salty, later on some fruity notes come through but are overtaken by the bitter burnt bread again. Odd bitter notes and very bready spirit. Faint impression of coal gas and later on green banana peel. Surely only twice distilled - I'd be amazed if this were triple distilled like most Irish whiskey - you can't get that bready vibe from casks surely. This is just okay ... at best ... the sharp edges have not left it at this age. Reminds me a bit of a pisco I had recently. The spirit seems alright but I think it needs time. It's certainly not Daftmill or Nc'Nean quality spirit. But it's passable. Needs more time and maybe I'll try (and hopefully enjoy) their 10 year old in 2030! 2.85/69

  13. SRB scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  14. whissmerhil scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    A nice nose, but the mouth lacks precision and aromatic variety.
    • Nose
      85 85
      white grape dust leather (skin and flesh) brewer's yeast, hard caramel, a slightly "bland" note of white flower (carnation?) a note of fermented rice (certain sake style) a little brown sugar, tangy hint (plum skin) or apricot?) a few spices (cinnamon, cumin and gray pepper), a little apple candy
    • Taste
      82 82
      smoke, pepper that comes out a lot (hot wave but not chili) with turmeric and paprika, on top of a large base of caramel, vanilla egg custard, brown sugar and grain. The leather is still a little present, the fruits too, but it is less precise and less interesting.
    • Finish
      82 82
      medium with a very long persistence on pepper, malt and caramel.

  15. besar scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  16. besar scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  17. thijs100 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    My least favourite whiskey from Waterford so far, mainly because it's lacking on the palate.
    • Nose
      An attractive malty, rye bread-like introduction with some clear yet subtle red wine influences, touches of red herbs, and red apple skin as well. Agreeable but not very expressive.
    • Taste
      Creamy, spicy and somewhat vegetal. Some soft vanilla, ripe apples and apple compote as well, but white pepper, freshly cut grass and barley husks prevail.
    • Finish
      A touch of processed sugar, but mostly malty with a touch of spicy heat. Finally some more apple compote.

  18. Ivynor scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    An interesting Irish whiskey for its young age. the nose is pleasantly fruity. The rest shows a fairly active cask and powerful woody and vegetal notes which tend to erase the freshness.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Very pleasantly fruity nose, with the influence of natural sweet wine: notes of white peach, muscat, fresh apple. After aeration, we find the barrel and more classic spicy notes.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Slightly creamy texture, not too sweet. There are some fruity notes at the end of the mouth (fresh apple, peach, raisins), but spices and vegetal notes dominate. The whiskey is betrayed by its youth. We will note pleasant notes of vanilla in the middle of the mouth.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Persistent finish, rather vegetal and woody, with a rather peppery whole. Good but classic, and in the absence of the fruitiness of the nose.

  19. ezioaudit scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful blue cobalt bottle with nice glass cap.Lets try the juice now..Young but not sharp very yeasty and malty.I cant distinguish the barrel types.I would prefer an ex bourbon only rather than all these types.The alcohol does not hit you like it should(well done here)I believe that they should have waited for at least a couple of years though
    • Nose
      78 78
      Hay,malt,yeast,dough,fresh wood,cereal,lavender,just a hint of apples
    • Taste
      82 82
      Soft,malty,yeast again,apples,and dough again
    • Finish
      79 79
      Short,young,grainy,intense malt,dry

  20. STL scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Certainly too young but promising. Very cereal with some gourmet notes that are announced
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  21. jan.berg scored this whisky 70 points Expert Junior

    Color gold
    Viscosity: oily
    Dram: undiluted

    Waterford is committed to terroir. I think it's super exciting to see what influence the different ingredients can have. I also think the transparency is really top notch. But now to a point that I cannot understand. The newly released whiskeys are all named after the fields in which the barley was grown and harvested. In order to be able to compare these influences, however, the barrel composition should also be the same or, ideally, only bourbon barrels should be used. But this is not the case. Then why is the terroir so important when you can't find out if it really does? Well, maybe the enthusiastic whiskey lover will find out in the future what kind of influence that has.
    But now to the whiskey: yes it is young and yes you can taste it too. The complexity can of course not be there, but I still think it's a whiskey that is very good to drink. It has a nice fruitiness paired with a complementary maltiness.

    My rating system:
    100-95: Exceptional whiskeys
    80-94: Top Whiskeys
    50-79: standard whiskey
    0-49: flops
    • Nose
      The first impression is malty, fruity and a bit spicy on the nose, toasted bread, overripe banana, creme brûlée, rice pudding with red fruit jelly, some white pepper, canned herring with paprika, cherry jam, mandarin peel, light cinnamon notes, Holstein plum jam, metallic notes
    • Taste
      Fruity, creamy and slightly spicy mouthfeel, cherries, currant jam, ripe bananas, rice pudding, creme brulee, sweetened strawberries, caramel, sweet liquid honey, white pepper, ground chilli, metallic and sulphurous notes, burned fireworks
    • Finish
      Fruity, medium course finish, very fruity like currants, strawberries, cherries, light astringency, becoming bitter like almonds

  22. LittlePeat scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  23. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    very tasty Irish, surprised me positively, especially for the young age. Quite tasty.
    • Nose
      Grain, wet young wood, slightly light fruits, slightly sweet in the background, later some honey, malty, herbs and light floral notes
    • Taste
      a lot of malt, grain and again the wet young wood, but then quickly transitioning to more herbal aromas, but the malt remains in the foreground. The light fruits are only very slightly in the background
    • Finish
      Intense malty finish at the beginning, later becoming somewhat sweet and spicy. Herbs, surprisingly long. The malt stays on the tongue for a long time, becoming dry towards the end

  24. craide scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Amazing Irishman. What is possible there and what flavors it contains is not so bad for this short maturation period. But already very ambitious in terms of price!
    • Nose
      85 85
      Soft, mild beginning, herbs, light fresh note, flowery, a little lavender, chamomile, goes towards herbal tea. There is also a fresh scent of sourdough and fresh yeast. Wonderfully malty with slightly sweet vanilla. I can hardly perceive any fruit, only a little apple and grapes.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Soft, mild beginning, herbs, light fresh note, flowery, a little lavender, chamomile, goes towards herbal tea. There is also a fresh scent of sourdough and fresh yeast. Wonderfully malty with slightly sweet vanilla. I can hardly perceive any fruit, only a little apple and grapes.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium-long finish, dry, coffee, a bit tart herbs and slightly sweet it ends.

  25. robbert88 scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    Pfoe. This is not for me.
    Kind of sour farm in my mouth
    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      71 71
    • Finish
      71 71

  26. AquaVitae scored this whisky 69 points Member Senior

    Way too young and not a lot happing not the nose or palate. It seriously lacks body and flavour intensity, even at 50% abv.
    There are way better 4 year old whiskies around.

    I hope this will make a decent Irish coffee...

  27. RobbievdB scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Yes this is a young whiskey, but what I like about this Waterford Ballymorgan is that it isn’t that restless as a youngster can be. Very curious what a version 1.6 or 1.8 will deliver. This 1.1 is a bit shy on the nose with wood shavings and bitter herbs. Tastewise it’s quite sweet on fruits, honey and chocolate, slightly bitter but not annoying, I actually like this part.

  28. stefan_PB scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Good whiskey. I'm curious if an older version comes out.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Cake flavors and an indefinable note at first appear immediately. This indefinable note is reminiscent of the smell of wood polish and beeswax if you smell it for a long time. Rather unusual, but not at all disturbing. Less fruit here than at Sheestown. A little pear and a little coconut fill the nose. Buttery notes are added later and if you smell it for a longer time you can feel a herbal note that has something of aniseed on it. Wood aromas and raisins are minimally recognizable. Somewhat unusual on the nose due to this polish note, but still very pleasant.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Braid of yeast comes to mind with the first sip that wets the tongue, and a note of honey immediately follows. Then the herbal notes, which were subtle on the nose, come out much more clearly. Heather and lavender can be tasted out of here and some aniseed again. Fruit notes, especially pear and some almond, only emerge later. Ballymorgan is also quite strong in the mouth. The herbal and fruit tones described alternate. A pleasant malt.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Middle range Here again a subtle sweetness and again the subtle herbal note that runs from the nose to the mouth

  29. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    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. This is going to be the third one I taste but I can’t say I have tasted anything extraordinary or even convincing until this point. As far as I’m concerned, I don’t get the hype around Mark Reynier and his Waterford. Maybe in 10-12 years but not at this point.
    • Nose
      Again young & grainy. In my opinion this is not much more then underaged whiskey, boosted by some fancy casks. Besides grainy again I get that schnapps feeling again. Some green apples maybe and other unripe fruits. Vanilla yoghurt and a weird and distracting woody note.
    • Taste
      On the taste young and restless. I find it unpleasant. It does have some kind of spicy and creamy arrival but that’s about it then. Not much in it and not much in going on either. Nothing exciting, nothing to be remembering tomorrow.
    • Finish
      Short, young, grainy. I don’t feel like giving any more comments. This goes down the sink instantly and that is something that rarely happens to me...

  30. Defeatless scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    A young whiskey, This shouldn't have been bottled. Might be way better if given 6 more years.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Young and a little restless, some fresh green herbs, marzipan and freshly cut trees.
    • Taste
      82 82
      A tad bitter, some choclate hint of marzipan, sweet fruit and a bit of honey.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Short length. Quite young and restless. Gives some sugar sweetness and fades away with some marzipan.

  31. Rien scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  32. FiGee Fine Goods scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    88 points Whiskeyfun http://www.whiskeyfun.com/2020/At-Waterford-where-teireoir-matters.html

  33. whisky313 scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    Ballymorgan: Edition 1.1 – grown by Robert Milne on one of Ireland’s premier malting barley terroirs – the famous Clonroche Series in Co. Wexford, with its loamy, clay soils derived from slate and granite.

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