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Peated Fenniscourt 1.1

Single Farm Origin

Key Facts

EDITION 1.1
HARVESTED 10 AUGUST 2017
DISTILLED 10 SEPTEMBER 2018
Maturation 1344 DAYS OR 3 YEARS, 8 MONTHS, 5 DAYS
ABV 50%
No. of Bottles 11,898
For Market WORLDWIDE
Bottled AUGUST 2022
Peated PPM 38
Peat Source Ballyteague, Co. Kildare

Fenniscourt, Co. Carlow

Arcadian Barley, from our secret garden of delights, explores the flavours, 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 hearths of ancient thatched cottages. This same diffused aroma cloaked barley dried over peat smoke by illicit distillers, a custom that died out in the 1850s. 

The lush, inland terroir of Fenniscourt in Co. Carlow has been farmed by the Byrne family since 1870, its rich Elton Series soils nourished by the River Barrow. For this whisky, their barley was kiln-dried during malting  by heat generated from sphagnum-rich peat from Niall Carroll’s cuttings at Ballyteige, Co. Kildare. The terroir’s character suited a medium peating intensity of 38ppm. Along with its sister bottling, Ballybannon, Peated Fenniscourt represents the first marriage of Irish barley and Irish peat in generations.

Barley Timeline

Product Timeline

SOWN 17 March 2017
HARVESTED 10 August 2017
Arrived at Cathedral 11 August 2017
Went to Maltings 1 August 2018
Arrived at Distillery 22 August 2018
Fermentation Started 3 September 2018
Distillation Started 10 September 2018
Distillation Finished 17 September 2018
Filled at Warehouse 20 September 2018
Marriage of Casks 26 May 2022
Sent for Bottling 23 August 2022

Head Distiller's Observations

Appearance: Rich buttermilk with fabulous oils.

Nose: Turf (peat), saltiness, pear skin, woodland moss, hay, lemon skin, dried thyme, malted biscuits, marzipan, cooked banana, sweet floralness, wattle and daub, golden syrup.

Taste:  Farm tastes, dry rub that you would use on a barbecue, bog myrtle, clove sweets , leather, maraschino cherry, barley husks, gooseberry jam. 

Finish: Soft, earthy warmth, dry, finish in gentle waves.

TERROIR

FIELDS

Grower Info

Grower
Farm
County
Type
Ger Byrne
Fenniscourt
Carlow
Conventional

Soil

Elton--scaled-e1601393051273
Series Elton Association
Type Luvisol
Description Fine Loamy Drift, Elton Association soils composed of (Elton, Kellistown, Baggotstown, Mylerstown, Ballylusky, NewInn, Cloonmore, Newtown and Greenane)
PDF Elton Association

Barley, Yeast & Water

VARIETY LAUREATE
Yeast Mauri Distiller’s Yeast
Production Water Volcanic Aquifer
Fermentation 187 Hours

The Sound of Fenniscourt

An overcast summer’s day at Fenniscourt. This track starts out under the trees by the entrance to one of the barley fields. Heading down around the edge of the field, where the quiet is interrupted by the Waterford to Dublin train as it hurtle past on a line that spits the farmland, it’s a brief change of pace. We keep moving along the eastern edge of the field. The breeze picks up a little, blowing through the crop; the hedgerows are still busy and a buzzard flies overhead. There’s a wide headland along the northern edge of the field; the wild flowers here give the bees plenty to do before the rain sets in for the afternoon.

Peat Smoke

Peat: the original flavour of Irish whisky (even if you spell it the other way). Watch our film, Peat Smoke, for the full story about the lengths we had to go in order to make enough Peated Waterford Whisky to share with the world.

Cask Composition

FIRST FILL U.S.
33%
VIRGIN U.S.
18%
PREMIUM FRENCH
20%
VIN DOUX NATUREL
29%

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