Waterford Heritage Hunter "Arcadian Barley" Irish Single Malt Whiskey
The first bottling in Waterford's Arcadian Farm Origin range, which explores real rarity and the ﬂavours derived from the old ways, this ﬁrst Heritage bottling is made from a game-changing variety called Hunter. Named after pioneering plant breeder Dr Herbert Hunter, it was introduced in 1959, and was for two decades lauded for its distinctive ﬂavour. Modern distillers, obliged to use the yield-enhancing varieties, have been deprived of heritage ﬂavours – ﬂavours that evolved more naturally over centuries in harmony with Ireland’s terroirs.
Working alongside partners Minch Malt, and the Department of Agriculture, these Heritage distillations are a labour of love. Hunter had to be propagated from a 50 gram bag of seeds and upscaled over several years before there was enough to distill. Just 50 barrels were distilled from the ﬁrst harvest.
The whiskey was matured in a combination of 45% first fill ex-bourbon, 21% new French oak, 19% new American oak, and 15% Vin Doux Naturel. On the nose, it is earthy, with dry soil, lemon sherbet, red apple skin, dry bark, barnyard, petrichor, rolled barley, and chalk. The palate follows with jaffa cakes, dry savory spice, cloves, porridge with prunes, wood char, citrus oils, and a long green finish with subtle spice. Bottled at 50% abv.