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.