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Cuvée Argot
OUR NEW WILD CHILD CUVÉE CONCEPT
February 27, 2023 | ELEMENT: barley, life, spirit | editorial | 5 minute read

WE ARE DELIGHTED TO INTRODUCE A NEW CUVÉE CONCEPT, AND A PERMANENT ADDITION TO OUR RANGE OF WHISKIES: CUVÉE: ARGOT.

Inspired by the greatest châteaux of Bordeaux as our ‘second wine’ – a little brother to The Cuvée, a compelling entry point to Waterford Whisky … and a wild child with a cheeky Will o’ the Wisp of Irish peat.

Argot – pronounced “ar-go” – a patois, the underground language of bohemians and renegades, an underworld idiom, a secret tongue, reserved for those in the know.

Argot, a single malt whisky, is created as a vibrant, enthusiastic, devil-may-care bottling, bringing together several of our Single Farm Origins for beguiling depth and ultimate complexity with a mere hint of true Irish peat.

Waterford Whisky - Cuvée Argot

CUVÉE CONCEPT

Inspired by Bordeaux’s greatest chateaux, the Cuvée concept is the apogee of our radical, novel philosophy. By harvesting, distilling and maturing Irish barley farm by farm – each expressing its own distinct terroir-derived flavour profile – an unprecedented flavour library is achieved. By drawing on these building blocks, Head Distiller Ned Gahan can bring them together, layer by layer, to create the ultimate in complexity – where the whole is greater than simply the sum of the parts.

Argot is the exuberant little brother to the The Cuvée, a new iteration of which is scheduled for the autumn.

WATERFORD WHISKY CEO MARK REYNIER SAYS

‘Our somewhat sacrilegious view is rather than a manufactured product, Waterford Whisky is an agricultural produce. It’s of the land; our reverence for its raw material, barley. And Argot is our introduction to that Waterford Whisky world. ‘On the one hand we can express barley by letting Ireland’s farmlands do the talking via uber-specific focus of our Single Farm Origins; or as in this case, with ultimate creativity, we can bring these flavours, those barley ingredients together for ultimate harmony and complexity in the same way as Bordeaux Grand Vin and Champagne Grand Marques. We call it the Cuvée Concept.

‘Argot with that wisp of peat smoke is our cheeky chappie – our wild child – heralding a new way to experience the Cuvée Concept.’

RELEASE INFORMATION

Cuvée: Argot is bottled at 47% ABV – and eschews a gift carton – as a compelling new entry point to the world of Waterford Whisky.

As always, full transparency and traceability are provided via its game-changing TÉIREOIR Code.

HEAD DISTILLER NED’S NOTES

Cuvée: Argot is matured fully in a mixture of 37% first-fill US Oak, 19% Virgin US Oak, 19% Premium French Oak and 23% Vin Doux Naturel.

The whisky has aromas of orange peel, almonds stewed apple, bread crust, green foliage, mixed berries, fennel and white chocolate, with the flavours of bell peppers, granola, grapefruit, smokey barbecue, banana milkshake, green apple skin – the finish is long, warming, peppery and dry.

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