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
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
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.
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.
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.
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).