Waterford Bannow Island: Edition 1.2

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Farm Origin
Calculated age
04 years old
French wine, Bourbon, Virgin oak , Oloroso
Number of bottles
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
07 Jul 2020 10:24 am by maltaholic

Average value

£ 62.65

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Whisky Reviews for Waterford Bannow Island: Edition 1.2

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.51 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Since I have a bottle of the Bannow Island Edition 1.1 open, I tasted both whiskeys, Edition 1.1 and 1.2, in parallel. Edition 1.2 was bottled a little later than Edition 1.1: Edition 1.2 is a little bit older than the first - almost four months in fact.
    This information from the distillery is a bit surprising, because if you enter the respective TÉireoir code, you will find the following age information:
    Edition 1.1 Maturation: 3 years, 7 months, 27 days
    Edition 1.2 Maturation: 3 years, 10 months, 23 days
    After Adam Riese and Eva Zwerg, it doesn't quite make three months, which is something different than almost four months. Whereby, if you interpret it in Irish, then it should work ...
    But no matter, the few months do not matter here anyway, whether it is just under three or just under four months. Both editions are not that different, although it must be said that my Edition 1.1 has had a certain amount of time to breathe.
    Nevertheless, the notes are congruent:
    • Nose
      87 87
      Very fresh first impression. Spring flower meadow, fresh laundry. Malt, milk chocolate. Because of its youth, one looks for green knots, pear notes, maybe also for warm tin - but: none. Instead, fresh yeast dough, vanilla and honey are added in the further nosing. As before, the spring flowers, they set the tone (and at the same time tasty).
    • 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 flavor, paprika powder, a hint of chili.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium length (actually!) And dry. Malt and sugar beet syrup, honey, ground coffee beans, chocolate, pepper, grated nutmeg, flavored pipe tobacco, dried apricots, cut flowers.

  2. karloff scored this whisky 76 points Specialist

    This was a small sample from whiskey on line, small but enough for me to give this one a swerve.
    • Nose
      80 80
      I can't make my mind up if there is a smoky note or is there something cooking.
      It's quite young and it smells young, pleasant though, lots of fruits and barley.
      Bread dough, herbs and new plastic.
    • Taste
      75 75
      A little sharpness as it enters the mouth but settles down very quickly to a chalky mouthfeel followed by some bitter fruit notes.
      Hats of to the 50% but I feel It needs water.
      This starts to tumble down a bank at great speed.
    • Finish
      72 72
      The finish is medium and sour and what wood influence it has tastes a bit off and dare I say mouldy.

  3. whisky313 did not rate this whisky Specialist

    Bannow Island: Edition 1.2 – the second release, now 3 months older, was grown by Ed Harpur on the extreme southern coast of Co. Wexford, where salt-laden Atlantic winds and sandy soils create a unique, if challenging, terroir.

  4. ErrHaBe did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Just 3 years and 10 months old and really well made for it. There is no metallic touch, instead a nice mix of grain, malt and fruit.

    I also fell for it, but: the terroir concept didn't convince me for several reasons. On the one hand, it is only really interesting for parallel tastings, but that means you always have to buy several different bottles. Second, the distillates are matured in different types of casks, which will clearly mask the influence of the soil on the grain. In this respect, I see the whole thing as a marketing gag, similar to the - pretty good - glass stopper in the beautiful blue bottle. Which, admittedly, looks valuable, but still doesn't justify 70 euros.
    • Nose
      Yellow and cute. Rather light in the aroma, but a certain alcohol note, which is not annoying. Cereal porridge or muesli with vanilla yogurt and honey. Malt sugar. Fresh wood such as green branches, light-colored fruits (mango or perhaps fresh pear). Very slightly bitter. After a while the aroma darkens and a little perfume comes through.
    • Taste
      Here, too, the sweet grain note and the malt are dominant. Reminds a bit of those malt sweets (Ricola herb sugar?). Again the mango with vanilla. Everything is very soft and harmonious, with a slight hint of alcohol. Overall, there is nothing disturbing here, the whiskey looks well made.
    • Finish
      Relatively short and quite easy despite the 50%. First sweet, then getting drier. Darker than the nose, fruits pair with oatmeal and vanilla. Malt sugar.

  5. Rody024 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Intense dram with the heavy and thick mouthfeel that matches the high ABV. It comes across as surprisigly adult despite the. oung age
    • Nose
      83 83
      Fresh, green and grainy. Cacao and milk chocolate. Porridge, vanilla and a whiff of red fruits.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Lovely thick and oily mouthfeel. Notes of sultana, cacao, grains, wood and almonds.
    • Finish
      83 83
      ≥10 seconds with tones of grain and cacao.

  6. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Coffee Grounds

    The first release of Bannow Island matured for three years, seven months and 27 days. This one matured a little longer on the cask, namely three years, 10 months and 23 days. You can find all this information thanks to the codes on the bottle. You'll notice immediately that the composition of cask types is slightly different as well. Here we have a combination of French wine casks, bourbon and virgin oak and even some oloroso. The first release I found very pleasant (contrary to the Ballykilcavan), so I was certainly curious about this new batch.

    Very grainy and sweet on the nose with marzipan, freshly chopped wood, caramel, rye bread, hint of peach, milk chocolate and lots of wild flowers in a sunny field. It is not very different from the first batch. Maybe just a tad more sweet.

    Oily and immediately very spicy, something I also had with the first release. White pepper, ginger and nutmeg. Then it becomes a bit vegetal (leaves, green garden herbs and the sap of young twigs) before the sweetness kicks in. Then returns in the guise of light honey and caramel. Hint of pineapple and rhubarb.

    The finish is medium long, drying with a malty heart and… Hey, that's a surprise: coffee grounds at the death. Nice!

    The difference with the first release is not that big (not that it has to be). This is a little more sweet and the finish is a tad shorter. Especially that finish was quite pleasant. Thank you, Bart, for the sample.

  7. STL scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  8. besar scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  9. thebonewolf scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Much like the 1.1, this is pretty good but young. My notes are more or less the same (different words, but about the same flavors), as expected.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Doughy, malty, floral, hint of tropical fruit.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Banana/bread, malty, light tropical fruit (the lighter variety, not lightly present).
    • Finish
      88 88
      Malty chocolate, vegetal/grassy. Medium.

  10. peej84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87


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