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Peated Single Farm Origin

Woodbrook

Key Facts

EDITION1.1
HARVESTED12 August 2017
DISTILLED21 August 2019
Maturation1309 Days or 3 Years, 7 Months and 1 Day
ABV50%
No. of Bottles8000
For Market WORLDWIDE
Bottled18 July 2023
ppm74
Peat sourceBALLYTEAGUE, CO. KILDARE

Woodbrook, Co. Wicklow

Arcadian barley, from our secret garden of delights, explores the natural flavours, intensity & honesty of old ways. Out of necessity since the dawn of time, peat has been the primary fuel source in rural Ireland, with its sweet pungency familiar to generations gathered around the ancient hearths of thatch-roofed blackhouses. Farmer, & often illicit distiller, dried barley over peat smoke infusing the same heady aromatics, an ancient custom that died out from the 1850s. With this Single Farm Origin’s barley, Irish grown & Irish peated, we return to the earthy, wild & raw tradition rooted in the distant past.

However, one of the more curious notes about this bottling is that it uses barley grown on fields that no longer exist – indeed, these fields are now occupied by a modern housing estate, such is the need for progress. We’ll never have barley from here again. Therefore Woodbrook represents our first “lost” Single Farm Origin – hopefully there won’t be too many more.

Woodbrook: A Lost Single Farm Origin

This is one of our more unusual tracks, for the fields on which the barley was grown are been wiped from the map. So we begin on a bright, early summer day in South Dublin, to capture what’s left. This track opens up in some woodland at the south end of the field – familiar Single Farm Origin territory perhaps. A stream runs past ahead, and the Dublin road runs north from Wicklow alongside us. All sounds as it should. But as we get closer around the north side of the field, we hear the Excavators and Dumper Trucks that are working: what was once a Single Farm Origin is being turned over into a residential area. Nearby, to the east, golfers tee-off on the course as trains rattle through on the Dublin-to-Wicklow line. We move back around to the south, and closer in again where most of the building work is happening. Nearby we can hear the hedgerows and tree-lines full of life; at least they haven’t changed since barley was last harvested here. The track finishes up on the west side of the old field, where a new entrance, traffic lights and pedestrian crossings have been added. The building work continues beyond, as traffic passes by, north and south.

BARLEY TIMELINES

SOWN16 March 2017
HARVESTED12 August 2017
Arrived at Cathedral21 August 2017
Went to Maltings8 August 2019
Arrived at Distillery13 August 2019
Fermentation Started15 August 2019
Distillation Started21 August 2019
Distillation Finished29 August 2019
Filled at Warehouse3 September 2019
Marriage of Casks3 April 2023
Sent for Bottling18 July 2023

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.

TERROIR

FIELDS
SOIL

CREDIT: TEAGASC.

series Elton Association
type Luvisol
pdf Elton Association
description Fine Loamy Drift, Elton Association soils composed of (Elton, Baggotstown, Kellistown, Boyne, Finisk, Clohamon and Kilrush)

Growers

Grower
Farm
County
Type
Michael Carey
Woodbrook
Wicklow
Conventional

BARLEY, YEAST & WATER

VARIETYOlympus
YeastMauri Distiller's Yeast
Production WaterVolcanic Aquifer
Fermentation139 Hours

Head Distiller's Observations

Appearance: Pale straw with oils that are in no hurry.

Nose: Lemon skins, beeswax and recently-extinguished candles. Freshly-torched crème brûlée. Very fresh, with meadow flowers and hemp alongside a light, complex touch of medicine cupboard.

Taste: Dry spices, dry rub and shortbread biscuit. The ashes of a beach campfire. Preserved lemons and Lapsang Souchong tea. Very citrusy – lemon oils and thick-cut lime marmalade.

Finish: Long with more of the spices and comforting bonfire tones emerging.

 

cask no.
cask type
cask fill
cooperage
fill date
farm
22705
Vin Doux Naturel
500
Rivesaltes
3 September 2023
Woodbrook
22726
Vin Doux Naturel
500.59
Rivesaltes
3 September 2019
Woodbrook
23275
FIRST FILL U.S.
196.32
Heaven Hill
3 September 2019
Woodbrook
23276
FIRST FILL U.S.
192.32
Heaven Hill
3 September 2019
Woodbrook
23277
FIRST FILL U.S.
195.24
Heaven Hill
3 September 2019
Woodbrook
23278
FIRST FILL U.S.
197.07
Heaven Hill
3 September 2019
Woodbrook
23280
FIRST FILL U.S.
192.64
Heaven Hill
3 September 2019
Woodbrook
23287
FIRST FILL U.S.
200.04
Heaven Hill
3 September 2019
Woodbrook
23288
FIRST FILL U.S.
194.09
Heaven Hill
3 September 2019
Woodbrook
23289
FIRST FILL U.S.
194.33
Heaven Hill
3 September 2019
Woodbrook
23290
FIRST FILL U.S.
197.46
Heaven Hill
3 September 2019
Woodbrook
23291
FIRST FILL U.S.
193.89
Heaven Hill
3 September 2019
Woodbrook
23292
FIRST FILL U.S.
195.34
Heaven Hill
3 September 2019
Woodbrook
24971
PREMIUM FRENCH
219.15
Chateau Talbot
3 September 2019
Woodbrook
24972
PREMIUM FRENCH
223.58
Chateau Talbot
3 September 2019
Woodbrook
24973
PREMIUM FRENCH
218.81
Chateau Talbot
3 September 2019
Woodbrook
24974
PREMIUM FRENCH
229.94
Chateau Talbot
3 September 2019
Woodbrook
26169
VIRGIN U.S.
204.12
Speyside Cooperage
3 September 2019
Woodbrook
26170
VIRGIN U.S.
202.18
Speyside Cooperage
3 September 2019
Woodbrook
26171
VIRGIN U.S.
203.39
Speyside Cooperage
3 September 2019
Woodbrook
26172
VIRGIN U.S.
203.4
Speyside Cooperage
3 September 2019
Woodbrook
26173
VIRGIN U.S.
201.26
Speyside Cooperage
3 September 2019
Woodbrook

Composition

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

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