Waterford Hook Head: Edition 1.1

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Farm Origin
Calculated age
03 years old
U.S. F.F; U.S.Virgin; Prem. Fren; V.Doux Nat
Number of bottles
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
26 feb 2021 1:10 pm by Tauti

Average value

€ 70.40

19 × in wishlist

105 × member ratings

327 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Waterford Hook Head: Edition 1.1

22 users have left 23 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.90 points.

  1. Drum scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I really liked my first Waterford! The alcohol was nicely integrated and a pleasant blend of floral, fruity wine and sweet aromas with a hint of heavy musty flavors but without losing its freshness.
    • Nose
      Very nice, sweet, gentle and soft wine notes come towards me from my glass. I have very floral notes, especially big wilted sweet musty bouquets. There are also fruits like canned peaches and pears with wine cream, vanilla and biscuits.
    • Taste
      Very mild, just a slight tingle on the tongue. Marzipan with notes of wine, punch and musty notes of champagne without losing its freshness. Wine cream and rosehip jam conclude for me.
    • Finish
      Warm and sweet with fondant and cut flowers. Very nice when exhaling after champagne and wine jam or jelly. The finish could stay a little longer.

  2. Andytka3 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    1741) Waterford, 2017/2021, 3YO, Single Farm Origin, Hook Head Edition 1.1
    • Nose
      N- Enjoy the greeny sweet malts and minerals when it rests calmly in the glass. Give it a gentle swirl, oozes of spicy honeycomb reveal along with the fine underlying maritime notes. Despite being young, very pleased with the natural sweetness and unpretentious characters. (87/21)
    • Taste
      P- Rich lemon honey rounded with shaded spices. Mild ginger, tobacco, clove, and nuttiness that derives from the oak whirling on the lovely fresh sweet juice. (92/23)
    • Finish
      F- Medium long, sweet-spicy mouth coat, comforting vanilla-ginger, creamy and lively. (90/22)

      B/B- 90/22 A 3 years wonder. Has undergone a long 6 days of fermentation.

      Weighted Rate- 88pt

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur


    Hook Head farm produces a “thin skinny” barley.

    N: A characterful [Cornish seaweed] vegetal-like malt if also rather similar to the Grantansbrook in certain respects.

    T: There’s a subtle quirkiness to this one coming out from salty maritime idiosyncrasies coupled with a winey lactic note. A tricky one to pin down.

    F: Vanilla < cream in keeping with the Grattansbrook.

    C: Characterful at first if becoming a bit same-y by the end, especially with the addition of water.

  4. dapoinbua scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Funtik scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

  6. JBKwb scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Ficelli scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  8. robbert88 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      N: sweet fruit, pineapple, tropical fruits, cheese spread, young/alcoholic, caramel, white pepper, a fresh saltiness.
    • Taste
      P: greasy, malt, sweet, oak shavings, lemon, fruity, salty meat, spices,
    • Finish
      F: medium long, salty, fruity, pepper.

  9. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Almond biscuits, nougat, orange meat, wet paper skin, grainy, meaty baked products, such as chicken biscuits from southern China, the aroma level is relatively simple, but the picture is uniform, if not very sensitive If so, this bottle of wine won't hurt you.

    Drink: Super oily, ginger, grapefruit honey, caramel, the end rhyme will produce sweetness and saliva in the mouth, a fresh experience.

    Overall: I believe that as long as the quality and expressiveness are online, and no one is hurt, no matter what the tune is, you will find someone who loves you.

  10. MrYens scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  11. imbula scored this whisky 77 points Member Senior

  12. Wolfe Tone scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Nice and oily with honey, tropical fruits, bread and malt on the nose, followed by a pallet that is much spicier and drier, with pepper, nutmeg, cloves, ginger chili and some seaspray. Lovely stuff.

  13. MrYens scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  14. besar scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  15. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Amazing for its age, if of course it could get a little more depth. Nice whiskey.
    • Nose
      Sweet, wine gum, chocolate banana, fruity, slightly yeasty.
    • Taste
      Soft, well-integrated alcohol, subtle fruitiness, a little oak, rather dry.
    • Finish
      quite long, dry oak, some malt, fruity and green, grassy.

  16. Don Cassi scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    The nose starts with honey and caramel, fleshy fruits, overripe apples and a dusty note of malt.

    Very full and fruity in the mouth, plus sweet and sour.

    In the finish, a nice, bitter chocolate note spreads out, which slowly fades away. Here and there some white pepper and a few sweet apples flash out.
    Length: 5/10

    Nice, multi-layered composition, the chocolate in the finish is awesome

    Grade: 2+

  17. dram-drinker scored this whisky 81 points Photo Moderator

    Green and quite unmature
    • Nose
      82 82
      Green fruits, grapes, little leafy and grassy, wet hay, lime, honeydew, spices, little herbs
    • Taste
      81 81
      Oily, creamy, spicy, subtle sweetness, more leafy and grassy, zesty, grapefruit, more grapes and vinous notes
    • Finish
      80 80
      Medium long, warm, spicy, zesty, a tad bitter

  18. St. Pauli scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    This whiskey has a friendly and welcoming nose, but appears to be not that balanced in the mouth. You would think to get a creamy, buttery, malty and fruity whiskey but it is gradually overpowered by spice which brings quite some cloying sensations.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Fresh Belgian waffles with hot cherries and cream is what comes to mind first. Then, cinnamon, lemon milkshake, pear drop, vanilla and honey. Although a bit alcoholic and maybe, it's very friendly overall and doesn't come across as many NAS whiskies.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Quite full bodied, rather sweet at first but with drying oak following put. It's a tad hot from the alcohol. It's earthier and more herbal now, with liquorice root and sage. Digestive biscuit, lemon balm, forest fruit, drying ginger powder and clove. Not as promising as on the nose.
    • Finish
      80 80
      The spicy character stays and lasts for quite a while. What has given some structure has become quite dominant. Pepper, ginger clove overpower notes of vanilla biscuit, soft wood, rich barley and lemon zest.

  19. UnitedChart scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    I tasted this whiskey blindly.

    Once again, I didn't know what to expect.
    The first impression gives me the smell of glue, but it disappears quickly. It turns into herbs, not so extreme that you think you're standing in front of a herbal candy stand at the Christmas market, but it is already in the direction of dark green ground plants. Somehow slightly floral and a touch of fruit cake. At that point, I was hoping it wasn't an Asian.

    The taste is surprising. Strong, well over 46%, cask strength? Here I feel everything, just nothing floral anymore. More like a hint of burnt meat, ginger and liquorice or liquorice. A little maritime breeze mixes in.
    I think a little of Highland Park The Dark, but only a little.

    The finish is strong but pleasant, not too long.
    Overall I am very satisfied.
    Nose: 20
    Key: 23
    Finish: 22
    Total package: 23
    = 88

    Conclusion: A three year old Irishman with 50% from the coast, Waterford, a first for me. Can something, I could imagine in my collection.

  20. thijs100 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Rather a little less approachable than the Cooladine, the Hook Head 1.1 is a little more austere.
    • Nose
      Rather earthy with a good amount of malt and whole grain biscuits, as well as a touch of buttered toast and copper. Somewhat farmy and even a tinge of dried seaweed. There's a hint of orange marmalade in the background, as well as a touch of milk chocolate.
    • Taste
      Proper oily mouthfeel with touches of stewed apple and caramel, followed by white pepper, licorice root and ginger, as well as a subtle salinity and chocolate.
    • Finish
      Lingering spices and drying.

  21. AnnEm scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    An expressive, highly aromatic whiskey, which, compared to other Waterfords, with its gentle salty-lemony notes, develops more depth for me and, especially in the finish, an interesting tension and a crisp bite. Of the four Waterfords I've tried so far, this is my favorite.
    • Nose
      Fresh and appetizing. Lively fruit in the direction of a young, crisp pear. Fragrant. Slightly chalky, which is closely associated with a note of smooth vanilla pudding. Grainy notes in the direction of crispbread. Salty lemon. Rush grass sways in the summer sea breeze on the dunes. I put some sunscreen on and squint in the direction of the picnic basket: Cheesecake and Americans smell seductively tempting. (He already stimulates my imagination - a good sign!)
    • Taste
      Youthful, yes, but by no means immature. Salt dough from the craft room. A few scattered clamshells. Then there are nice grain notes, tart light fruits and slightly sweet notes. Successful wood flavor. It gets slightly salty for me towards the finish.
    • Finish
      Here, too, a little salt water, but only a touch that mixes with an impression of melty, vanilla pâtisserie dough. A lively, benevolent exchange of blows between slightly salty-tart-lemony and vanilla-powdery sugar-creamy impressions. The salty is increasingly noticeable, but never becomes too dominant or (I have to think of Manzanilla) even turns sour. A lot happens there, my tongue is delighted to be able to taste all of these impressions for a not even short while. The flow of saliva is also stimulated for a long time by a nice wood flavor (which seems European to me). This doesn't get too bitter or astringent, which I like less.

  22. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The fact that you get a medium-long and varied finish at an age of: 3 years, 8 months and 25 days (06/2017 - 02/2021) is pretty amazing - even if you already have this phenomenon with the other Waterfords is accommodated. So they're doing something pretty right down there.
    Maybe starting with an impressive fermentation time of 142 hours?
    When it comes to barrel composition, the focus is on 1st-Fill Casks (46% First Fill US, 22% Virgin US, 15% Premium French, 17% Vin Doux Naturel).
    Hook Head 1.1 is less chocolaty than, for example, Sheestown 1.2, but more fruity and spicy with a pleasant spiciness. I could very well imagine it as a peated edition.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Malt, nougat, toffee, caramel - the aroma quartet that is the prelude in the nose of every Waterford I've had in my glass. In different forms, different intensities, but always there. So this is something that should be terroir-independent. Here now the aforementioned aromas in an intensive execution, accompanied by yeast dough and fresh grass clippings. Apricot jam, quince jelly. Slightly salty, maybe even a bit maritime with sea spray. With it a good portion of cayenne pepper, rosemary, thyme.
    • Taste
      88 88
      As usual, strong and mouth-filling, the 50% suit him just as well as his brothers. Fruity and spicy with fresh apricots, apple pieces, quince. Milk chocolate, nougat and marzipan are there, although less pronounced than you might think based on the nose. A fresh and salty breeze from the sea, with pepper, chili powder, turmeric, cinnamon.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium-long finish, slightly dry. Here the chocolate notes develop to their full potential and then also bring cocoa, nougat and marzipan bread with them. Sounds spicy and only slightly fruity.

  23. Tomatin1980 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Wonderfully medicinal, a true coastal whiskey, and not only because of the power of suggestion. What especially speaks for this whiskey is how nice and fresh the taste experience is. Tasted head-to-head with the Bannow Island 1.2 and it has a lot more earthy tones. The contrast between these different terroir is very noticeable, which gives Waterford's mission all the more power. Compliments!


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