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Waterford "Fenniscourt" Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey
The Waterford Distillery was created in 2015 by converting a former Guinness Brewery in Waterford, in the very south of Ireland. The distillery's founder Mark Reynier was formerly the mastermind behind the rebuilding of Bruichladdich, the famed Islay Distillery. The former wine merchant approaches Whisky production in a similar way to wine production. He wants to capture the terroir of the grain in his Whisky.
“Arcadian Barley, from our secret garden of delights, explores the flavors intensity & honesty of old ways. Out of necessity, since the dawn of time, peat (or turf) has been the primary fuel source in rural Ireland, with its sweet pungency familiar to generations gathered around the hearts of ancient thatched cottages. This same diffused aroma cloaked barley dried over peat smoke by illicit distillers, a custom that died out in the 1850’s.
The lush, inland terrors of Fenniscourt in Co. Carlow has been farmed by the Byrne family since 1870, its rich Elton Series soils nourished by the River Barrow. Fro this whisky, their barley was kiln-dried during malting by heat generated from the sphagnum-rich peat from Niall Carroll’s cuttings at Ballyteige, Co. Kildare. The terroir’s character suited a medium pleating intensity of 38ppm. Along with its sister bottling, Ballybannon,, Peated Fenniscourt reprisents the first marriage of Irish barley and Irish peat in generations.”
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