Country: Ireland
Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Distiller
ABV: 50%
Score: 92 points

Waterford Gaia Organic 1.1 Irish Single Malt Whisky. Image courtesy Waterford Distillery/Glass Revolution Imports.This is the debut release in Waterford’s Arcadian Series, and billed as Ireland’s “first organic whisky.” Unlike the Waterford Single Farm Origin whiskies, it’s made using organically-grown barley from several Irish farms. The nose is aromatic and very malty with touches of figs, dates, plums, and hints of honey, vanilla, and butterscotch. The flavor is intense with a malty touch of barley sugar along with cinnamon, white pepper, and cardamom spices complemented nicely by dark fruits, honey, and butterscotch. Adding water opens up touches of citrus fruits and dried flowers. The finish is very long, aromatic, and thick with lingering spices, butterscotch, toasted oak and a touch of grilled fruits. (August, 2020)