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

€ 71.59

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44 × member ratings

226 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Waterford Hook Head: Edition 1.1

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.37 points

  1. 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.

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 81 points 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 p√Ętisserie 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.

  7. Tomatin1980 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    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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