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Waterford Sheestown: Edition 1.2

Overall rating
83.63/100
votes
26
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Farm Origin
Vintage
2016
Bottled
09.2020
Stated Age
04 years old
Casktype
US FF, US New Oak, Fr Oak, Vin Doux Naturel
Number of bottles
30000
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5391536630409
Bottled for
European & Asian markets
Added on
03 Nov 2020 4:32 pm by Christian Zimmermann
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 71.62

4 × in wishlist

26 × member ratings

90 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Waterford Sheestown: Edition 1.2

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.63 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Like its predecessor, Edition 1.1, which is almost two months younger, it does its job surprisingly well for the fact that it is still a young hopper. Next to Bannow Island and Ratheadon the best single farm bottling so far in my opinion.

    ... and since my Ratheadon Edition 1.2 is coming to an end, a quick comparative tasting:

    Waterford Sheestown Edition 1.2
    Age: 4 years, 0 months, 9 days
    Burning date: week 24/2016
    Bottling date: September 2020
    Barrel types:
    33% FIRST FILL US
    19% VIRGIN US
    25% PREMIUM FRENCH
    23% VIN DOUX NATUREL

    Waterford Ratheadon Edition 1.2
    Age: 4 years, 1 month, 8 days
    Burning date: week 25/2016
    Bottling date: 08/2020
    Barrel types:
    34% FIRST FILL US
    20% VIRGIN US
    26% PREMIUM FRENCH
    20% VIN DOUX NATUREL

    In the nose, both have that nice malt-nougat-toffee-warm caramel note. Ratheadon also supplies vanilla, which makes his nose look a little sweeter than that of Sheestown. Otherwise they are very similar in the nose.
    Also on the tongue: both are intensely chocolatey and at the same time spicy, both have dried apricots. With Ratheadon I have the impression that he is a little bit further and "clearer" in everything. Somehow more concise. The better coffee beans, the higher quality chocolate with a higher cocoa content ...
    In the finish, Ratheadon has the lead. Not overly clear, but in such a way that you can notice it.
    Ratheadon 1.2 and Sheestown 1.2 are very similar. I don't think I could blindly tell them apart. But is it because of the differences between the TÉIREoir? Or the 1 month age difference? Or maybe more because the barrel composition differs - even if only slightly? Who knows. In any case, it's always fun to have a Dram Waterford in your glass and to be able to compare it with your brothers every now and then.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Malt, nougat, hand-warm caramel and toffee literally jump at you. This has been the case with every Waterford I've had in my glass so far (not exactly this choice of aromas, just the fact that the whiskey shows immediate presence), but with the Sheestown series it is a tad more intense than with the others. Freshly mown meadow with a high density of flowers. Fresh yeast dough, milk chocolate.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Intense start with chocolate, marzipan, nougat, caramel and with a spicy note of wild herbs, pepper and grated nutmeg. Dried apricot pieces, soft toffee with a liquid core. Malt, fresh yeast dough. As with Edition 1.1, the focus is on the chocolate notes, the fruit notes serve as a flavor-rounded accompaniment.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Cold coffee with milk, milk chocolate, nougat, marzipan. Cinnamon and coriander. Medium length and only a little dry. There is no difference in the length of the exit compared to Edition 1.1, which is almost two months younger (4 years, 9 days to 3 years, 10 months, 25 days).

  2. besar scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  3. besar scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  4. besar scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  5. EbriusPodex scored this whisky 77 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
      Malty sweet with honey, cookie dough, then herbaceous with oak seasoning, typically Waterford! Fruit maximum Williams pears
    • Taste
      75 75
      Dry, slightly sour, cloves and oak spice. Completely different from what the nose suggests
    • Finish
      75 75
      Still dry, long and spicy

  6. _stefanmayer scored this whisky 83 points Member Junior

    I like the aromas in the nose. In terms of taste, the Sheestown 1.2 is objectively interesting, but unfortunately not a direct hit for me personally. But I can well imagine that fans of marzipan and herbal flavors will get their money's worth here.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Intense and sweet. Creamy candy and yeast plaits come to mind. Still a certain lightness. The wine note is fine and well integrated. No alcohol sharpness.
    • Taste
      83 83
      A bit of dark chocolate adds to the creamy-sweet aromas and stays. It's going in the direction of marzipan, which I personally don't like so much here. On the tongue, too, the filling seems rather mild for 50% vol. And I feel remotely reminiscent of notes that I usually know from herbal schnapps. Certainly interesting objectively, but not really my case subjectively.
    • Finish
      81 81
      The slight bitterness disappears quite quickly and the mouthfeel is less dry than expected. Overall short to medium length. Totally okay but far from what I was hoping for based on the aromas in the nose. The fine wine note is there, but does not push itself forward. It's more like caramel sweetness. I can at best guess the vanilla note expected in view of the barrels used.

  7. L_Gillian scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Liquid malted biscuits, the whole way! Very interesting nose, especially at the young age. The rest is okay, no off notes but mostly a faint echo of what's discovered in the nose. The alcohol is well integrated, it's a pleasant drink!
    • Nose
      86 86
      Fresh and dry. Sweet malted milk biscuits, white chocolate, pine tree, lemon juice. Subtle fruits.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Oily and malty. Sweet vanilla, kiwi, again those malted milk biscuits, slightly boozy but pleasant.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Little body, medium short finish. Much alike the taste, no off notes but not much happening here either.

  8. galg33 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Looking at their info on the site, you can see the actual vatting : a mix of 33% First fill casks, 19% Virgin American casks, 25% Premium French casks, and 23% of Vin Doux Naturel casks.

    Now let’s try some of that nectar, shall we?

    Waterford Sheestown 1.2, 50% abv

    Nose: Quite fruity and sweet on entry with a plethora of fruit: mainly peaches, apricots and apples, fruit cake and vanilla, sweet dough and orange zest alongside wood spices such as cinnamon and black pepper.

    Palate: Starting very malty and rich with barley sugars, stewed fruit (apple and pear), alongside spices (the pepper is quite evident, but also ginger) which subside giving way to vanilla ice cream (very creamy), blood oranges, and more pepper.

    Finish: Medium with spices, and more of the oranges, and a hint of mint chocolate.

  9. JNuyts scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

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