Waterford, Bannow Island 1.2, 50%, Single Malt

Well I’ve finally given in to the hype.

Much has been written about Waterford Distillery.

Early on I decided not to bother with the auctions, inflated prices & general Hoorah! around this brand – until it arrived in my local O’Brien’s – which it did – tonite.

Waterford Bannow 1.2 c/othewhiskeynut

There were 2 bottles, Ballykilcavan & Bannow Island, 1.2 editions.

I chose Bannow.

Tales of Norman invaders, soil content & provenance don’t particularly excite me – taste does. So I didn’t bother looking up the minutiae & poured myself a glass.

Norman tales c/othewhiskeynut

Golden brown colour with thick legs.

Quite a soft, subtle sweet malt biscuity nose.

Smooth & dry on the palate.

The dryness develops a bit of a fresh young malt bite – then fades rather quickly.

This is quite a young & aggressive malt.

Style over substance? c/othewhiskeynut

For me Bannow 1.2 is more about the hype than content.

It needs a few more years in the barrel.

Sláinte

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4 thoughts on “Waterford, Bannow Island 1.2, 50%, Single Malt”

  1. You picked the better of the two. I’m excited about the direction they have chose to go to. This ‘single farm’ idea is something that could really be something. I do agree with Whisky Jason though. They really missed a trick by not putting the different spirits through the same wood so we could really find out what the difference is like.

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