Thursday, May 21, 2020


The Waterford Distillery, has announced the launch of its new “barley-forward, terroir-driven” Single Farm Origin Series.

Influenced by the world's greatest winemakers, the Single Farm Origin Series, is the distillery’s first commercial releases since it began distillation in 2015.

Waterford Distillery launches new Single Farm Origin Series

Using 100% Irish barley, the new Single Farm Origin series is an “uber-provenance” range of limited edition natural whiskies, that explore Irish terroir one farm, once place, at a time, showcasing barley flavours derived from individual Irish farms and harvests.

Waterford Bannow Island: Edition 1.1 (50% ABV) distilled from barley grown by Ed Harpur on the extreme southern coast of Co. Wexford, where salt-laden Atlantic winds and sandy soils create a unique, if challenging, terroir.

Ballykilcavan: Edition 1.1 (50% ABV) distilled from barley grown by David Walsh-Kemmis west of the Barrow in Co. Laois in the barley heartlands, where his fertile fields are sheltered by  ancient woodland.

Different Single Farm Origin bottlings, will be released to the US and other overseas markets later in the year, whilst Single Farm Origin: Ratheadon: Edition 1.1 will follow exclusively online and from the distillery itself.

Commenting on the news, Mark Reynier, Waterford Distillery Founder and CEO, said: "I’ve spent a lifetime in the top end of drinks industry – half in fine wine, half in single malt – and Waterford is the culmination of this rather unusual journey. It’s rare one has the chance to breathe life into to such a provocative concept, one of such of precision, challenge and originality.”

He went onto say: "For years folk have been hoodwinked on where whisky’s quality truly lies – once stills, then water, now wood. We want to shine the light on what really makes malt whisky the most complex spirit in the world, the primary source of all that extraordinary flavour: barley.” 

He concluded by saying: "I can safely say no stone has been left unturned. No challenge unmet. Thanks to unparalleled logistics, great teamwork, and singleminded focus we can now share our inspiration, this vision, that will one day rebalance the way we look at and enjoy this fine spirit. And this is just the beginning."

The Waterford Single Farm Origin Series bottlings, will be available later next month from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £70.00.

Posted by Steve Rush