Waterford The Cuvée 1.1

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
04 years old
Calculated age
04 years old
US 1st Fill, US New Oak, French Oak, VDN
Number of bottles
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
20 Aug 2021 7:57 pm by PeterN

Average value

€ 71.05

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152 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Waterford The Cuvée 1.1

36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.47 points

  1. Official tasting note

    • Nose
      Red apples, fresh dry soil, breadcrust, green foliage, lavender, digestive biscuits, oranges, barmbrack, over ripe banana skin, a summer flower bed, fresh mint, coffee cake.
    • Taste
      Clove sweets, white pepper, oily, grapefruit, lemon zest, dark chocolate, dry toast, cherries, granola bar, dried herbs, aniseed, green olives, 3 peel marmalade.
    • Finish
      Pepper up front with oily spiciness that softens, starts dry but then gets mouth-watering & lingers where I close my eyes and relax!

  2. Hemdl scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    I've taken a lot of time for it now. But how you can assign high 80s or even 90s scores here is an absolute mystery to me - seriously.
    Starts really well in the nose, but not much after that. Young, unbalanced, immature. The marketing around it, the transparency up to the time of the first urination of the maltster on the day of harvest and no matter how fancy the bottle may be - in the end the whiskey has to convince. And here we have a 4-year-old dram that can only convince to a limited extent with all its "potential" and what people like to write about.
    No thank you. But if you look at the scoring here, you are inclined to tell the manufacturers that there is still a lot to be gained. Either the expectations in the scene are now so low that you think yourself in seventh heaven with stuff like this - or people have simply forgotten what whiskey was all about.

  3. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    As Mark Reynier announced in an interview in the run-up to the release of The Cuvéé 1.1, this type of whiskey is exactly what Waterford ultimately wants: a multitude of very good single farms, married to a whiskey. Funny: at first it sounded as if the Single Farm Origin bottlings were the ABSOLUTE measure of all things. Honi soit qui mal y pense.
    It doesn't matter, it's just marketing anyway. If you concentrate on the whiskey alone, you actually have one of the best Waterford whiskeys in your glass to date.
    • Nose
      89 89
      At the beginning reminds of the great Gaia 1.1: full and creamy, malt, nougat, toffee and caramel full and in an intensity that can only be found in very few single farm origins. In addition, a certain maritime saltiness, roasted orange peel, dry wood. Very nice flavor - subtle, but then again so pronounced that you can easily make out tarragon, marjoram and savory. Pear compote with cinnamon and sugar, coffee beans.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very soft and creamy. For its age it comes up with quite astonishing complexity. In other words: it is full-bodied, covers the entire mouth for a long period of time, leaves a multitude of aromas and exudes a calm that one would expect from much older whiskeys. Malt, toffee, nougat, coffee beans, red apples. Everything is wonderfully interwoven.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium to long (sic!), Slightly dry. Sweet apples, juicy pears dusted with cinnamon and coriander, a little more marjoram, marzipan, chopped almonds, dark chocolate.

  4. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Once again, very impressive. I also find it remarkable how much of a recognizable style Waterford already has.
    • Nose
      Big notes of apfelstrudel with warm vanilla sauce, as well as a strawberry reduction, nougat, plenty of toffee, and some shortbread too. Most importantly, there's a lovely malty backbone highlighted by whole-grain bread and barley husks.
    • Taste
      Rather oily from the get-go. Some spices like nutmeg and cardamom, but the barley talks loudest. Muesli, biscuits and a hint of porridge with lemon zest. There's also an encore of the apple, more like a compote now.
    • Finish
      A pinch of white pepper, but then sweet stone fruits, poached pears and flower honey. Medium in length.

  5. robbert88 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      vanilla cookies, toasted bread, malt, toffee, fruity, little bit of an alcohol punch, sugar, fresh eucalyptus
    • Taste
      creamy, vanilla, greasy, malt, apple, white pepper, red fruit, spicy,
    • Finish
      spicy, wood tannins, alcoholic tingling on the tongue, cloves, black pepper, medium long, vanilla

  6. 2ndSip scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    I understand Waterford's approach, but I'm not convinced by it. It's all way too expensive for me.
    There are other examples of relatively young whiskeys/distilleries that are significantly cheaper (around 15-20 euros) and do less marketing blabla and also bring the local/organic/transparency idea with them (e.g. Ardnmurchan, Nc 'Nean).
    In terms of aroma and taste, it is certainly not for everyone; It was worth a try - but I'll leave it at that.
    [81 - 78 = 'ok' whiskey -> but do I need a whole bottle?]
    • Nose
      initially grainy notes, then fruit basket of apples, pears, apricots, nectarine, peach, green bananas with a combination of fresh and mushy fruits.
      However, the grainy, malty notes remain and mix with the fruit to create a strange mix.
      In the background, an alcoholic (youthful) note always comes through, which also brings an artificial, sweetish, perfumed aroma.
      With a little time you will also find a chalky and earthy character - you have to like it, otherwise it is somehow annoying on the nose. There is also a wet hay moment.
    • Taste
      fruity, creamy, slightly spicy, malty, tart and earthy tone. Gets dry quite quickly with tannins (whether it's wood or earth tannins is an open question).
      Sticky note like a bourbon.
      Second sip: more fruit, light spice again. But the tart note turns into slightly bitter, but just about catches on.
    • Finish
      Fruit stays medium long, tannins a little longer, becomes more bitter at the end. The strange malt-cereal note from the nose is back. The wet hay moment doesn't make it any better either.

  7. HunterRomario scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    In Malá Morávka, I was fascinated by this bottle with its inscription "Irish single malt whiskey". I later found out that Mark Reynier, the former owner of Bruichladdich, was behind the construction of Waterford.
    Alcohol: 50%
    Aroma: Extraordinarily sweet aroma, very fruity to sweetly "tasted", followed by acidity, honey, biscuits. (87 b)
    Taste: Surprisingly smooth, creamy, oily, with citrus and milk caramels. (87 b)
    Points: 87/100
    Summary: Tasted at the Whiskey Festival 2021 in Malá Morávka. Very nice Ireland, a little strange, unconventional, which is appreciated.

  8. abcmeuric did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    First encounter with The Cuvée, but had several single farms before which got me interested if not convinced.

    N : sourdough ! Light fruitiness on processed orchard fruits (baked green apple, peach syrup). Very light touch of menthol and pepper. Barley sugar. All Waterford seem to be a variation on a theme, very much barley-driven. Here I miss some little specificity found in the single farms, like coastal notes, minerality or else. But at the same time it's more refined, more rounded-off.
    After more time, I get more floral notes and strong orangettes (orange zest in dark chocolate). More pepper too.

    M: the 50% are surprisingly smooth there, blind I'd guess 43 or something. Oily and mouthcoating. Still very much barley, chocolate (not too dark). A little eau-de-vie-esque. Simple, but nothing off-putting.

    F: medium, more power than expected. Barley eau-de-vie again, black pepper, vanilla and orange blossom.

    Great, great body. I had a glass of CB Asyla recently and it's suprisingly close, but the Cuvée is a good league above. I still have mixed feelings about this : again it's more refined than the single farms, but it's more common too. I guess it's made to appeal to customers who do not care about the whole terroir story. 6/10

  9. notesofmalt scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Waterford The Cuvée 1.1. 50% alc. Original bottling. Maturation: Bourbon barrels, new oak barrels, French oak (wine) and strong wine barrels.

    Nose: At first a little alcoholic, very young. This is followed by sweet fruit aromas. Dried apricots, orange peel, caramel and some malt. Moist forest floor, eucalyptus, dug up earth, salt liquorice and tarragon, a touch of anise and salmiak. Complex, but the alcohol keeps coming back from time to time.

    Palate: dry and sharp, somewhat metallic. Cereals, muesli, anise and dried citrus fruits. Nutmeg and ginger, orange jam and dark cocoa flavors. In addition, fresh blackberries, some espresso.

    Finish: Medium length, continues like on the palate, but less complex. Cloves, roasted almonds and black pepper stand out.

    Conclusion: Lots of good approaches, especially in the nose. But this whiskey is just too young and immature. From my point of view, it simply has too many edges for the name Cuvee, I would say quirks. It's a shame, actually. 77/100 points (2021). I thank simple-sample.de for the sample.


  10. WhiskyShaman scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    I thought this was good but a little hotter than the Arcadian.

    Lots of apples in this, from caramelised baked apple, to apple blossoms to astringent and bitter crab apple. It all worked for me, especially with the vanilla and lemon.

    There's just one point at the handover between the palate and finish, where the pepper spikes. It doesn't last long, but it's a bit jagged and hot.

    Not jarring, or anything but noticible against what else is going on.

    I feel like time would take the edge down a bit.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Apple blossom from afar, but yeasty vanilla and dried plus baked apples closer to the glass, faint lemon mint and lemon thyme, poached quince and like 2 raisins.
    • Taste
      76 76
      Shortcrust pastry fumes. Baked apple, apple juice with cream soda, Lemon sherbets and eucalyptus lozenges, sharp, pink and black pepper corns
    • Finish
      79 79
      Crab apple, sweet horseradish, cinnamon oak and ginger prickles, Tarragon


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