Waterford Gaia 2.1

Waterford Gaia 2.1 bottle

70cl, 50% ABV

Waterford Gaia is made from organic Irish barley grown on six farms. It is a complex and viscous whisky with an amazing purity and precision. Gaia, the neopagan goddess of 'Mother Earth' is a fitting name.

The whisky is the first release from the second harvest of organic barley that Waterford distilled. It was fermented for 181 hours and aged for 4 years and 7 months. The liquid has a rich texture with notes of fig rolls, grapefruit, orange zest, cherry and liquorice with a long and complex finish.

Waterford Gaia 2.1 bottle

Tasting Notes

Nose

Freshly cut apples, stewed pears, vanilla toffee and spiced shortbread lead. The toffee notes build as the whisky sits in the glass, contrasting with damp mown grass.

Palate

Sweet apples return – both fresh and crunchy, and stewed and rich –, with buttery pastry and soft spice close behind: a tasty apple pie of a flavour combination. Aniseed ball spice and heat build, all backed up by creamy caramel notes.

Finish

Tart apple and apple candy at first, with spiced butter and caramel developing. That all slowly fades, leaving hay and grass.

Comment

A well-balanced whisky, with fresh fruit matched by soft space and richer, more decadent notes.