WATERFORD DISTILLERY IS A MAJOR NEW WHISKY PROJECT BY THE MAN BEHIND THE RENAISSANCE OF ISLAY’S BRUICHLADDICH SINGLE MALT WHISKY.
We’re embarking on a long journey, a voyage as ambitious as it’s pioneering. The destination is to create not just the most compelling Irish whisky, but the world’s most profound single malt.
We chose Waterford, for here on the banks of the river Suir, on Ireland’s sunny south-eastern coast, we have an exceptional state-of-the-art facility originally built by Diageo in 2004 and converted to distilling in 2015. And we have the finest quality raw materials: the purest of spring water from renowned ancient wells; a team of passionate distillers that share the vision; and the very best barley in the world.
The provenance of our barley, where and how it is cultivated, is therefore key. Taking proven principles from Islay a giant step further, we have an unprecedented 46 Irish farms, some organically-run, growing barley on 19 distinct soil types. With a pioneering digital logistical system keeping track, each farmer’s crop is harvested, stored, malted and distilled separately. Thus we can capture in spirit each farm’s terroir, that subtle character shaped by micro-climate and soil. Individuality and integrity from field to barrel.
The goal of this precision, provenance with total traceability, is to provide us with an unparalleled library of maturing, nascent single malt whisky as each farm’s barley is distilled, one per week throughout the year.
The first whisky ran in January 2016. After maturing for several years in the best of French and American oak, we believe these component “single”, single malts, each one exhibiting its own nuances, will come together making the most profound single malt whisky ever created.
*From distillery website 10 Aug 2017
A project by Mark Reynier, the former managing director of Bruichladdich Distillery
Distillery located on the site of the former Guinness brewery
Along with Blackwater, Waterford has chosen to drop the "e" on their whisk(e)y. See the blog for more info: https://waterforddistillery.ie/element/e-not-e/
Most likely only going to double still a single malt
Producing their own spirit now, maturing
Phase 1 (COMPLETE): purchase of the Guinness Brewery from Diageo in December 2014 for €7.5m.
Spent €2m during 2015 converting it to a modern distillery
Distilled 1m litres of new spirit traceable to 46 farm terroirs by January 2017
Established a warehouse complex at Ballygarran.
Phase 2: Building up stock volumes to 5m litres.