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Single Farm Origin
BALLYKILCAVAN

Edition 1.1

Key Facts

EDITION 1.1
Harvested 17 August 2015
DISTILLED Week 8 2016
Maturation 3 years 11 months 18 Days
ABV 50%
No. of Bottles 8,640
For Market Europe & Asia
Bottled June 2020

BALLYKILCAVAN, CO. LAOIS

The townland of Ballykilcavan is situated in Co. Laois on what is considered one of the best terroirs to grow malting barley – well-drained sandy loams on a bed of limestone. The gently sloping fields are surrounded by picturesque ancient woodland, among Ireland’s finest and rich in native species, which acts as natural shelter for the barley. Over winter cattle graze the cover crops to keep alive microbial activity in the soil.

David Walsh-Kemmis’s ancestors have been here since 1639 when Oliver Walsh acquired the lands from Robert Hartpole of Shrule Castle. David, who briefly moved from the farm to seek a career in IT, was one of the “first 40” barley growers who took up the mantle of supplying barley for Waterford Distillery, back in 2015, and we have been distilling his barley ever since. In fact, his barley was our second ever single farm distillation in early 2016.

In 2016 we held our first Growers Gathering at the distillery, where each year our farmers congregate at the distillery and our trophy for Barley Grower of the Year is awarded. David was the first winner of this coveted trophy, which now sits proudly in his resplendent old farmhouse, from which can also see another winner – the champion black walnut tree in Ireland.

Barley Timeline

Product Timeline

SOWN 19 March 2015
HARVESTED 17 August 2015
Arrived at Cathedral 18 August 2015
Went for Malting 11 January 2016
Arrived at Distillery 26 January 2016
Fermentation started 4 February 2016
Distillation started 9 February 2016
Filled at warehouse 29 February 2016
Marriage of casks 5 February 2020
Sent for bottling 3 June 2020

Head Distiller's Observations

Appearance: Light hay to honey, very oily.

Nose: Berries with fresh foliage, redcurrants, grapes, barnyard. Vibrant and again freshly cut grass.

Taste: Cooked bananas with brown sugar, and plenty of heat. Mulled wine and cinnamon. A dry, oily lasting finish.

TERROIR

FIELDS

Grower Info

Grower
Farm
County
Type
David Walsh-Kemmis
Ballykilcavan
Laois
Conventional

Soil

Series ELTON ASSOCIATION
Type Luvisol
Description Fine loamy drift, Elton Association soil (Elton, Faoildroim, Musicfield, Mullabane, Straffan, Rathowen, Coolnaha, Cullahill, Ballinamore and Castlemoyle).
Elevation 253 FEET
Sunlight AVERAGE 5-5.5 hours
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Barley, Yeast & Water

VARIETY TABERNA
Yeast Mauri Distiller’s Yeast
Production water Volcanic Aquifer
Fermentation 150.5 Hours

The Sound of Ballykilcavan

The track starts before dawn in the woods that runs alongside the recently harvested barley fields. It’s not raining, but there’s a heavy fog and the condensation drips from the trees onto the floor of the woods. The eerie atmosphere stifles the dawn chorus, but as morning breaks, the sound of neighbouring farms and traffic starting to move comes in – along with the wind which picks up as the sun breaks through. We listen for a while before walking out into the open field.

Meet David Walsh-Kemmis

Cask Composition

FIRST FILL U.S
45%
VIRGIN U.S. (Unavailable at the time)
0%
PREMIUM FRENCH
37%
VIN DOUX NATUREL
18%

Wood

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