Waterford Gaia: Edition 1.1

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Arcadian Series
Calculated age
04 years old
US FF, US Nw.Oak, Fr.Oak, Vin Doux Naturel
Number of bottles
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
25 Sep 2020 8:39 pm by whisky313

Average value

€ 77.39

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Whisky Reviews for Waterford Gaia: Edition 1.1

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.35 points

  1. Gareth74 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Do you want custard with that?

    I'm not sure how I feel about all this 'barely legal' whiskey hitting the market. Every other day there appears to be an inaugural release from a new distillery with a young whiskey that tastes of next to nothing. It all feels a little rushed and, I hate to say, boring. But..., but but but, there's always an exception to the rule. I've not had the Raasay young'n but it looks very tasty and there's a few others which are worth a sip to be sure. And The Waterford Gaia 1.1 is one of them. yes it is.

    To be fair I wasn't expecting too much from this. Like others of a similar age I've tended to see them more as mementos of a special moment in time rather than an actual, drinkable product but this is.

    On the nose, oof! what a wallop of vanilla and custard and fruitiness and syrups and LOADS or barley. This is porridge and custard. All mixed together with a squeeeeeze of fruit syrup. This is breakfast. Warm gristiness, bready notes. The wood from the sweet wine barrels is there making it feel like sunlight is shining on it. I'm a little taken aback. I was expecting something far more woody and stark and something far nearer to new make, than this. It's very creamy on the nose too. Some sort of slightly aromatic spice, a handful of sage leaves, a little earth and a little citrus peel. I like it. The lesson, never prejudge something.

    So, in the mouth. Thick, custard and vanilla are right up front, it really coats the mouth, the creaminess in the nose translates directly to the palate. Spiced custard all over a warm porridge. A teaspoon of apricot jam is in there somewhere, the fruitiness is really nice. The sweet french wine barrels are apparent but not dominant. I am loving the custard. Custard, who doesn't love custard? This is comfort food merged with booze and bottled with sunshine. It's light but full and that mouthfeel is excellent, it really does blanket the tongue. There's a slight building of citrus notes in the mix, some old barley sugar sweets (haven't had any of those in a long time!) and little brittle toffee and stale chocolate. Marzipan - I was never a fan, maybe more frangipani, either way there that in the mid palate and I actually quite like it, sweet almond paste. Mmm. Spicy on the swallow. Well. Bloody Hell. That was pretty good. The finish isn't huge, but how could it be? But it is full and creamy. It kind of holds onto the porridge notes and it goes out sweetly, no bitter notes. A creamy, honeyed, dryish finish. Ginger and wood spice. I just want to keep sipping this.

    So, it;s pretty good. Way better than I was expecting. This is going to be pretty spectacular in years to come as long as the barrels don't swamp the character. This sunny, sweet porridge is delightful. I want to get another at 5yo or 8yo and then see how it's going. I get the feeling that this is going to be one of those whiskies that will help rewrite the Irish whiskey landscape in years to come.

  2. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The youth is mostly noticeable on the somewhat aggressive palate, but otherwise this is another well-rounded, impressive showing from Waterford.
    • Nose
      The barley and cereal notes are omnipresent, always lurking. Hints of droopy honey enhance the sweet floral notes, but vanilla, orange zest, mush bananas and raw sugar stand out as well. A whiff of chalk as well, with some lingering spicy notes in the back row.
    • Taste
      Thick, oily and spicy. A fair amount of oak and heat, with cloves and pepper vying for attention. Cherries, quinces, pear skin and dried apricots restore the balance.
    • Finish
      Pretty dry, but sweet and with notes of port-stewed pears in the end.

  3. DenverbroncosDuke scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I have already checked out almost all of Waterford's bottlings and have not even been disappointed so far. This organic whiskey is no exception, it has all the classic attributes of older Irish whiskeys (is a great fruit bomb).
    • Nose
      88 88
      Tropical fruits, especially pineapple, fresh notes of lemon and grapefruit.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Pineapple, hints of mango, some grapefruit, strong sweetness, cloves.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium-long aftertaste with clear oak tones, becoming increasingly bitter but still pleasing.

  4. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Sometimes not a single farm origin, but a "blend" of different barley - very similar in taste to the single farm origin bottlings, as well as qualitatively. Could they actually save the whole fuss with Teireoir etc. Tastes like that too. ;-)
    Here, too, it is very pleasantly surprising how far it is in terms of taste with only 3 years, 9 months and 20 days under his belt.
    And no, I'm neither on you and you with M. Reynier, nor do I hold shares in Renegade Spirits Ireland Limited.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The nose welcomes you with a freshness and the scent of just cut red apples, with pear compote, garnished with cinnamon and sugar and a scent of fresh hay. Has nothing schnapps or immature about it, despite its short maturation period. Almond butter, nougat chocolate, toffee, coffee beans.
    • Taste
      87 87
      On the tongue with a pleasantly powerful start, in which ripe red apples romp about, accompanied by milk chocolate, marzipan, malt, vanilla and honey. Slightly dry at the beginning, it attracts over time and spreads small wooden blocks on the tongue. Removes a mild blend of spices, not identifiable.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium-long and dry finish. A sweet fruity note of light fruits, some rosemary and thyme, finely chopped almonds, dark chocolate.

  5. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A still young Irish single malt that already leaves a mature and advanced impression. Strongly characterised by cereal notes, with a light fruitiness, warming spices and a discreet earthiness as a counterpoint. I like it much better with water. Interesting, and certainly a distillery that needs to be observed further.

    I thank Kirsch Import e.K. for the complimentary sample!

    • Nose
      Sweet cereal notes mix with bread crust and slightly earthy tones. Then slowly fruity aromas of apricot, peach and pink grapefruit emerge, with a touch of lime. Spicy notes of white pepper and ginger, with a whiff of lemon cake dough in the background.
    • Taste
      Initially sweet on the palate with fruity notes of apricot and peach, accompanied by creamy vanilla. Then warming and spicy with pepper, ginger and oak. Becomes increasingly dry with citrus peels - orange and lime, followed by some sweetness with malt candy and barley sugar.
    • Finish
      The finish is of medium length and warming with increasingly dry and bitter notes of pink grapefruit and lemon peel. A little barley sugar sweetness towards the end.

      With water: After adding a little water, it becomes much fresher and more present on the nose with citrus, cereals, ginger and vanilla notes. Creamier on the palate with vanilla, malt sugar and fruity notes of apricot and fig. Pleasantly warming with creamy milk chocolate and some honey. The finish is still of medium length, slightly warming and dry with earthy tones, oak and slightly spicy bread crust.

  6. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Creme brulee, green apples. Barley notes. Drizzling lemon cake. A drop of honey. Mandarins and green bananas. A floral note in the background.
    • Taste
      Vanilla custard, lemons and pears. Barley. Honey. Mint and a hint of sweet pink grapefruit, but not the bitterness if that makes sense. Pink peppercorns.
    • Finish
      Mid-long and dry. Slightly oaky, sweet and peppery.

  7. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Last time I followed Serge´s recommendation for an Irish whiskey it was quite a disappointment. Let´s see!
    • Nose
      87 87
      young, very young but not unpleasant. Bready notes in the foreground, green apples, unripe yellow plums, crushed barley, something earthy. Dust. A little lactic sourness. There´s a certain Hazelburn - edge to it.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet and sour at the same time. The same bready notes as on the nose, sour apples, very close to the nose. Nicely balanced, crisp and clean. I like it. Reminds me a lot of this Breton whiskey Glann Ar Mor Maris Otter Barley. Yes, this one was very young, too!
    • Finish
      86 86
      slightly fishy and salty in the finish

  8. dapoinbua scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    my first waterford. let it sitin the glass for a few minutes before trying. for this age this is a decent dram. does not lack of edginess, while still functioning well. i can imagine this becoming a nice dram with a few more years. given the age it is ok but i would not buy a bottle myself, especially with this price.
    • Nose
      84 84
      vibrant. young but not unpleasant. crisp bright fruit. processed cookie dough. straciatella. very special. smells like some artificial aromas you would use for baking. artificial vanilla extract. very sour, reminds me a little bit of fermented most (Sturm). interesting. white wine vinegar. sour grapes.
    • Taste
      82 82
      spirit driven and young. but the young part is not as unpleasant as one would expect. you get the connection to bruichladdich - style has some similarities. acidy and sour. diluted vinegar. there are some parts which i truly enjoy on this one, while on the other hand it somehow irritates me. maybe that is not a bad thing?
    • Finish
      81 81
      young and bitter oaky. had worse but had also better ones. i am a bit ambivalent on this one.

  9. Teatrinker scored this whisky 95 points Newbie

    I can imagine to have a great Seafood like a simple saltwater cooked Lobster with that.

    Its that clear, straight and sleek Irish at high, almost oily, density.

  10. craide scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Another fine, quite tasty, albeit young whiskey from Waterford. Fits well into the whole row again. Geschmachlich also more like the others. I would probably not be able to distinguish them blindly.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Soft with a nice freshness on the nose. Great grain notes, slightly malty, fresh hay, fresh sourdough, again very floral the whole thing. There are also a few fruit aromas of bananas, aricots and peaches with a slight honey sweetness. A bit woody like oak. Doesn't seem particularly alcoholic.
      After a while in the glass, the sweet grain notes developed into nut chocolate.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Thick, oily, almost syrupy appearance with a spicy oak note that already dominates. Even then it's a bit stronger. Cherries, pears and peaches come out and suppress the spiciness a little. In addition, there are vanilla and bread dough, as in the nose, more like sourdough. Nice combination, I like it. Honey brings a little sweetness. The fine initial freshness in the nose comes back, possibly mint.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium-long finish, becoming drier with sweet notes of marzipan and roasted almonds.


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