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Hook Head Edition 1.1

Single Farm Origin

Key Facts

EDITION 1.1
HARVESTED 12 AUGUST 2015
DISTILLED WEEK 06 2017
Maturation 1364 DAYS or 3 YEARS, 8 MONTHS, 26 DAYS
ABV 50%
No. of Bottles 30,066
For Market Global
Bottled February 2021

Hook Head, CO. WEXFORD

The lighthouse at Hook Head stands resolute against the full force of the Atlantic Ocean on Ireland’s southern coast, 10 miles from the distillery – so close that Oliver Cromwell vowed to take Waterford ‘by hook or by crook’ in the 17th century. In its shadow, Martin Foley grows barley on clay/loam soils derived from limestone, belonging to the Elton series. Exposed to the full range of salt-laden storms, sea mists & ocean breezes, it’s an extreme maritime terroir.

Barley Timeline

Product Timeline

SOWN 21 March 2015
HARVESTED 12 August 2015
Arrived at Cathedral 13 August 2015
Went to Maltings 7 December 2016
Arrived at Distillery 25 January 2017
Fermentation Started 29 January 2017
Distillation Started 3 February 2017
Distillation Finished 10 February 2017
Filled at Warehouse 15 February 2017
Marriage of Casks 10 November 2020
Sent for Bottling 14 February 2021

Head Distiller's Observations

Appearance: Straw with legs of oils coating the glass.

Nose: Earthy maltiness & fresh soil, citrus peel, breadcrust, clove, white pepper, caramel, milk chocolate, salted popcorn, barnyard, oak green foliage.

Taste: It’s a spice bomb up front; with cloves, white pepper, salted caramel, liquorice, ginger biscuits, lemon zest, & chilli chocolate.

Finish: Dry, but it leaves a lasting oiliness that holds the spiciness for a long time.

TERROIR

FIELDS

Grower Info

Grower
Farm
County
Type
Martin Foley
Hook Head
Wexford
Conventional

Soil

Series Elton Association
Type LUVISOL
Description Fine loamy drift with limestones, Elton Association (Elton, Faoldroim, Musicfield, Mullabane, Straffan, Rathowen, Coolnaha, Cullahill, Ballinamore and Castlemoyle
Elevation 25 – 40 FEET
Sunlight AVERAGE 6 – 6.5 HOURS
PDF Elton Association

Barley, Yeast & Water

VARIETY PROPINO
Yeast Mauri Distiller’s Yeast
Production Water Volcanic Aquifer
Fermentation 142 Hours

The Sound of Hook Head

This track starts out in the open in a field of last year’s barley stalks, with Skylarks singing overhead & the sea in the near distance. We then move down towards the headland where a strong south westerly breeze comes ashore. Next we’re by a sheltered pool, where the sea surges up through a hole in the rocks. Then along to a beach below the fields where the sea drags the stones back & forth in the wash. We move west along the cliffs as the Atlantic crashes up on the rocks. Finally we finish up underneath the mighty Hook Head Lighthouse, one of the oldest working lighthouses in the world.

Ned & Megan Visit Hook Head

Cask Composition

FIRST FILL U.S
36%
VIRGIN U.S
17%
PREMIUM FRENCH
21%
VIN DOUX NATUREL
26%

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