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Waterford Gaia: Edition 1.1

Overall rating
83.81/100
votes
224
Whiskybase ID
WB166118
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Arcadian Series
Vintage
07.2016
Bottled
08.2020
Calculated age
04 years old
Casktype
US FF, US Nw.Oak, Fr.Oak, Vin Doux Naturel
Number of bottles
24000
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Label
Organic
Barcode
5391536630256
Added on
25 sep 2020 8:39 pm by whisky313
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 79.07

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224 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Waterford Gaia: Edition 1.1

52 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.81 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2021] The whiskey world turns crazy these days - not just that any older dram fetches prices way north of 200 bucks (and climbing) no matter of its quality but many renowned and reliable whiskey blogger (like Serge) rate under-aged drams with scores above 85 points at the dozens (even from third-tier distilleries). I still did not find any reason for this massive uplift of scores, most probably my taste buds are too dull to find the hidden secrets of today's pre-teen drams but I keep trying...

    ...and Waterford distillery stands somewhat in the centre of this hype with Serge scoring unbelievable 90 points. To put this into perspective: In 2007 he scored a 30-years old Bowmore from 1957 two points less at 88 and the 42-years old "Black Bowmore" from 1964 just one point better at 91. So, according to these gospels this Waterford must be a flabbergasting "paedophilic" dram...

    ...to be honest, I am out of this strange youngster's game not knowing what it is good for. Maybe there comes a time when I get bored of all these hyper-complex, super-balanced and delightful treats to my taste buds from old drams which matured a decent time in non-aggressive casks but I doubt this will happen very soon (if ever). I will return to Waterford releases once they become adult - which is around 10 years of age for non-peated and 8 years for peated malts, in my honest opinion.
    • Nose
      82 82
      The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a fresh and very young profile (what else?) with mostly cereals and some shy fruits and honeys in a still unfinished hence unbalanced mixture. This is easy to sniff but very simple like almost all paedophilic drams - hey, why do they age whiskey for more than the legally required three years? There most be a quality reason for this, otherwise it would be financially stupid. Yes, I can see this distillate is clean and will become an excellent malt once it matured a decent time, most probably. But it does not smell excellent at this age, sorry Serge.
    • Taste
      83 83
      The taste is pretty immature with malty-mashy flavours dominating in a very sweet barley sugary profile. There are no flaws or off-notes but this dram is far from being balanced, which is not a shame at such an young age. Balance comes with maturity, not just for humans... What else to say? Actually not a lot, it is drinkable but why should I?
    • Finish
      81 81
      The initial mouthfeel is good but not excellent, to be honest. The coating effect is rather limited and there are some minor drying-astringent moments of the tannins (surprisingly for such a young dram, obviously the cask was very aggressive - modern whiskey "zeitgeist"). The finish is of medium length and adds no new impressions beside an increasing dryness towards the end. Water turns the nose punchier (more alcoholic) and even younger with much more bready aromas, same with the taste. I clearly prefer the neat dram.

  2. 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.

  3. holborndrinker scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    I recommend flipping this bottle - upside down over a sink. Not my cup of tea (would rather have a cup of tea).
    • Nose
      74 74
      Reminded me of a baby regurgitating a rusk - oat flavoured baby sick.
    • Taste
      75 75
      Weird - not a normal whiskey (the baby sick carries on), sweet.
    • Finish
      72 72
      If you can't say anything good, say nothing: nothing.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Jackson05 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Promising young malt. Not a necessary buy at this age, but it’s solid for what it is.

  7. whiskydramo scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Rich sweet fruit to start. Mango, pineapples, apple. Then honey. Lemon pomelo. Hay. Then cherry. Also walnut and pear. Hard inhale: it smelled like sprite. From the side sweet thick fruits like mango, hami melon. Smell again - liquorice. Malt after a sip. It's quite capricious!
    • Taste
      83 83
      Melon. Grassy. Pomelo peel. Sharp and mild spiciness like ginger. Sweetness dropped more oily. A hint of citrus sourness, disappeared fast
    • Finish
      81 81
      Little bit numb pepper. Not sweet. Cheap Diluted green tea. Eventually tongue and upper mouth felt dry

  8. St. Pauli scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    A nice distillate, but overpowered by the wood which gives a sweet, creamy vanilla like taste, accompanied by some spice. Not nasty or bad, but rather simple.

    I wouldn't recommend this very quickly.
    • Nose
      83 83
      The nose very friendly but not with much depth. It's very creamy on vanilla custard, butter cookies. Yes it is herbal too (sage), and flowery (lilly) and a tad citric.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Still rather friendly and sweet, with a spicy edge but as a whole it is too friendly, or not offering enough. Vanilla milkshake, lemon balm, topping cherry, mango and banana. The wood has delivered a peppery edge.
    • Finish
      81 81
      As on the taste. Rather sweet and coating first, with this spicy edge at the end. Plenty of vanilla and candied fruit, with some pepper and ginger.

  9. AnnEm scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This is also very successful. Light and fresh with an attractive, pleasing aroma. Here, too, all the flavors play well together, namely in the spectrum fruity - vanilla - spicy. I notice it positively because of its particularly tingly mouthfeel, so I probably won't need a piccolo in the future!
    • Nose
      First of all, nice and fruity towards precociousness (is that how you say it? So in the initial stage of ripening, I want to say ...) Pineapple, apricot, pear, but they are already beginning. Reduced sugar cookie dough. Young, fresh, untreated oak with subtle spice. Milk coffee dusted with a little cocoa. Everything comes together nicely and harmoniously. A slightly melty impression is created.
    • Taste
      Play-Doh notes of musk and vanilla. Green spiciness, freshly blooming bushes in the spring forest. Some caraway seeds and laurel. Fizzy mouthfeel, Riesling sparkling wine with a nice interplay of sweet and acidic.
    • Finish
      It has almost something "Spruz", very lively it invigorates the throat. Vanilla and cream toffee, star fruit and gooseberries. Then it becomes increasingly drier and a nice wood spice sets in with a suitable light and invigorating bitterness.

  10. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Quince

    Mark Reynier goes further (or is that less far?) than Single Farm Origin. This Gaia, the first in the so-called Arcadian Series, is distilled from barley sourced at different farms. That undoubtedly explains why there are no less than 24.000 bottles on the market. Distilled in July 2016 and bottled in August 2020, so just over four years old. Again it is cut to 50% and bottled in those typical blue bottles. This time not a gold colored glass stopper, but a blue one. It's a matter of making a distinction with the Single Form Origin.

    Young but pleasant nose on sweet malt and raw barley in combination with some floral notes and chalk. Breakfast cereals galore, upholstered with some vanilla and orange juice. Honey and dried apricots. Summary in fresh.

    Nicely oily on the palate and immediately honeysweet but also very spicy. Quince, oranges – zest included – and dried apricots are wrapped in a blanket of cloves and white pepper. But it is nicely balanced.

    The wood makes the medium long finish somewhat drying. It dies a sweet death on pear drops.

    This is among the best stuff I have tried from Waterford so far (admittedly , I haven't tried that many). Thanks, Benny.

  11. DenverbroncosDuke scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    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.

  12. 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!

    https://www.whiskey-connaisseur.de/2020/11/06/waterford-organic-gaia-1-1-3yo-the-arcadian-series/
    • 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.

  13. 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.

  14. grinface scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Most of the time this is a very young malt. Often reminiscent of high-quality "Korn" (grain spirit). Still, it has a little surprise at the end. Not bad.

    Full review, alongside five other Irish: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/03/23/sechs-irische-whiskey-am-st-patricks-day/

  15. nallacam scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  16. PanAroma0815 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

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

  17. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskeylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2022/04/20/spotlight-on-waterford/

    This organic creation – Ireland’s first – and the biodynamic release [up next], are both a part of Waterford’s experimental outlook. Like at Bruichladdich, Reynier’s Waterford Distillery is “pushing the envelope out”. First of all, the fermentation time for this release is a staggering 181 hours – that’s over 7.5 days! Cask-wise, Gaia was matured in:

    25% sherry, 19% red wine, and the rest – ex-bourbon or virgin US casks.

    N: Sweeter, oilier,.. salty, not dissimilar to Bruichladdich’s 2011/2021 10yo Bere Barley [WF90] – with a bottle report to follow in due course.

    T: Wow yes,… everything from the nose translates on the palate. There’s a “precision”, says Nathan.

    F: Banana-ey~bourbon-y [little vanillin], cocoa chocolate.

    C: Compared to the last four, I find this one the most spirit-faithful.

  18. zzqfyl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  19. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    28.03.2022
    • Nose
      Honey, coconut, mint, herbs, grasses
    • Taste
      Honey, coconut, mint, herbs, spices, pepper

  20. WhiskeyMaster scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      80 80

  21. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    N 25
    Fruity, orange
    Honey
    Fresh wood
    Sweet dough aroma concluded the nose

    P 24
    Sweet, citrusy, spicy
    Candied malted barley
    New oak spice

    F 21
    Mid, dry, young finish
    Oak spice prevail
    Some citrusy underlying

    S 4
    Overall, a fruity and spicy dram. Relatively balanced experience for such a young whiskey.
    Would give it another try if it’s 6-8yo.

  22. Glenrothes1973 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  23. MrYens scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  24. Banzai scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  25. Lorion scored this whisky 68 points Expert Senior

    A great first impression on the nose, then it breaks down. 68 points.
    • Nose
      Very grainy, almost a bit whole grain. Sweet. After a while, I'll have some burnt hair on my nose. It gets a little uncomfortable.
    • Taste
      Sweet and powerful. Malty and a little caramel in the aftertaste.
    • Finish
      Short to medium length, quite unspectacular.

  26. Wolfe Tone scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Dusty, fruity and floral on the nose, with a hint of candy, but also a lovely combination of salt water, earth, hay and spearmint.

    The taste is soft, creamy, oily with fruits, spices as expected from Waterford, but also werther's originals and almonds.

  27. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Compare with (Lakefield 177962 and Bannow Island 158664)
    I didn't like it, too young
    • Nose
      Sweetness increases, young malt, slightly earthy, minimal milk chocolate, light fruit, slightly dusty, becomes thin over time
      with water: all in all better, sweet candy, slightly fruity, minimal lemon

      from the 1920s: grassy, fresh, sparkling, lots of young malt
      with water: a chemical note, becomes earthy
    • Taste
      full and vigorous
      slightly oak, slightly spicy, sweetness, light fruits and a note that is funny

      with water: milk chocolate
    • Finish
      rather short
      first sweet then wood notes, beer

      with water: longer, slightly acidic + ??, slightly rotten eggs

  28. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Powerful dram, fresh and fruity, with in the body some whiffs of mustiness as well. But pleasant for sure.
    • Nose
      Fruity, sweet, pretty strong in alcohol, citrus, pear, somewhat grassy too.
    • Taste
      Powerful, pepper, sweet and fruity, pear, vanilla. A little musty touch as well, also some caramel.
    • Finish
      Still strong and powerful, some alcohol bitterness, sweet and fruity, fresh, pretty long.

  29. Dris scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

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

  30. Derufus scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  31. Ninofdram scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  32. LaddieNerd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Strong cereal notes with fruity hints of pineapple and apple. In addition, a touch of fudge with spicy notes and some wood.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium.

  33. geriud scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  34. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    A young, obstinate whiskey, with a complex character and honey bias.
    • Nose
      White bread, yeast, foliage, pear lozenges.
    • Taste
      Slightly harsh, malty, slightly brewed, with a honey note.
    • Finish
      Short, with hints of bread, honey, unfiltered beer and spices, with a rather rough influence of tannins.

  35. ARDBERG scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Type in code OR01E01-01 after clicking on "Terroir" on the waterford website for every single nerdy detail of this bottling including 10+ min. soundtrack on what the barley heard on the field while it grew...

  36. tommy12 scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    I cannot understand the relatively good ratings in any way. I don't like it at all. Here are my brief notes:

    Very light color, nice bootlegs.
    Scent: sticky, glue, some fruit, intense sweetness; very unusual, but unfortunately unpleasant smell that somehow reminds of vegetable soup; the alcohol is poorly integrated, there is a hint of mustiness.
    Taste: Sharp (the alcohol is poorly integrated), sweet, some fruit (difficult to identify), inharmonious, short finish.
    I am very happy that I only had one sample. I couldn't even finish this. I think sometimes you just have to write 'organic' on it and then it is bought.

  37. YD84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  38. Julia E S scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    My first Waterford and I have to say I am thrilled. Certainly not a whiskey for beginners or people who prefer a clean spirit and not for barrel aficionados either. You have to bring a whiskey made with a love of distillate.
    We are really dealing with a distillate with rough edges.

    So nose, blueberry yoghurt at first, but over time it turns more towards canned peaches, nectarines, apricot jam.
    But right behind it it gets really malty. Wheat flour, grain rice, bread spices, wholemeal pizza dough, pretzels but also biscuits. The sweetness is clearly a fruit sweetness and together form the association of apricot roulade. Those fruity, malty flavors are then normally broken up by salty and dirty flavors. Anchovies pickled in olive oil, dry seaweed, clay, metal dust, boiled potatoes.

    The aromas already present in the nose repeat themselves in the taste, whereby the fruit tends to recede. There is also some toasted wooden toasted bread and unsweetened cocoa. The finish is then comparatively long for the age.

    Really exciting young whiskey! Unfortunately too much terroir marketing and normal bottles would have been enough. It's also really difficult to get the glass cork off.

    Unfortunately, I'm somehow hooked, even if the prices are really high. It's best to get a sample beforehand. Certainly not a whiskey that will appeal to everyone.

  39. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
      Definitely a bit raw at first nosing. Shoe polish and chalk. ] Dried anchovies soup. Perhaps even some soap. It's not great to be honest.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Sea salt, quite maritime, with some seaweed. Pretty pungent, but there's some sweetness to it... I wouldn't call it fruity at all, but there's some artificial sweetness here. New make-ish.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Alcoholic sting at the end... almost numbing to the tongue. Lingering salt. And plasticky bitterness also.

  40. gossm01 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    It has a medium viscosity and a strong bouquet. I have aromas of citrus fruit, maritime notes, herbs, vanilla, creme brulee, marzipan and malty sweetness. A still relatively flat malt. Relatively dry in taste. The alcohol is well integrated and it has a relatively heavy body.

  41. thebonewolf scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Cookie/dough/bread with a decidedly banana vibe. Apple/vaguely tropical like kiwi. Slight musty honey.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Apple/tropical fruit, bready (specifically banana).
    • Finish
      80 80
      Banana bread, some spice. Wood

  42. besar scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  43. robbert88 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  44. Maltimizer scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
      Banana and fresh grain, some oak and unripe orange in the background
    • Taste
      79 79
      Quite oily with a lot of oak and pepper, slight sweetness, quince, otherwise no fruit that I can define
    • Finish
      77 77
      Medium length and rather meaningless ...

  45. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    amazing whiskey. Not just for old age, but also like that. Very aromatic and also independent. I really like it. Won't the last Waterford be with me. I'm curious what will come out with a few years of maturity.
    • Nose
      the first thing that comes to mind is yeast ... and fruit, fruity yeast. Do they use "aromatic yeast" at Waterford? Sweet and fruity, vanilla, mild, pleasant with an amazing aromatic depth for the age, without which one can exactly describe it. You can tell he's rather young, but that doesn't matter. Amazing.
    • Taste
      nice start with the 50%, sparkling, slightly peppery, but a great note of vanilla and a nice ripe fruit sweetness (yellow fruits) are included here.
    • Finish
      here are a few tart tones, a little mint, but also vanilla, and some rather unusual, spicy aromas, as well as ripe fruits.

  46. 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

  47. dapoinbua scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    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.

  48. Teatrinker did not rate this whisky 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.

  49. 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.

  50. stefan_PB scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Another beautiful young malt from Waterford
    • Nose
      82 82
      In the nose it comes across as very fruity at first. A scent of overripe apples dominates here and a little pear is added. You can literally smell the sweetness that you already know from other Waterfords. But also a malt and barley aroma is unmistakable. A light hay and honey note rounds off the odor profile. Very pleasant on the nose.
    • Taste
      86 86
      A strong whiskey on the palate that still shows its youth. Toasted grain and a very nice sweetness lie in the mouth. Then you can taste the fruit through. Again it reminds me of pear and light grain notes like with muesli. A hint of lemon also settles on the palate. Towards the end, a peppery sharpness develops, which you can still feel in the finish.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The Waterford Gaia stands in the mouth and on the palate for a long time. The sharpness comes in

      Finish well again, but some fruit also remains for a long time.

  51. JNuyts scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  52. kanpai79 scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

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

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