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Key Facts

GROWER Martin Foley
FARM Hook Head
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.

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.

BARLEY TIMELINES

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

Ned & Megan Visit Hook Head

TERROIR

FIELDS
SOIL
series Elton Association
type LUVISOL
pdf Elton Association
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

BARLEY, YEAST & WATER

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

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.

WOOD

cask no. cask type cask fill cooperage fill date farm
7890 U.S. First Fill 194.82 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7891 U.S. First Fill 200.03 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7892 U.S. First Fill 199.59 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7893 U.S. First Fill 197.49 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7902 U.S. First Fill 204.88 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7903 U.S. First Fill 204.2 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7904 U.S. First Fill 200.94 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7905 U.S. First Fill 193.6 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7906 U.S. First Fill 197.7 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7907 U.S. First Fill 197.13 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7908 U.S. First Fill 192.26 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7909 U.S. First Fill 202.56 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7910 U.S. First Fill 194.31 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7911 U.S. First Fill 198.89 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7912 U.S. First Fill 200.75 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7913 U.S. First Fill 199.55 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7914 U.S. First Fill 193.14 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7915 U.S. First Fill 195.07 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7916 U.S. First Fill 194.66 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7917 U.S. First Fill 198.41 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7918 U.S. First Fill 192.32 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7919 U.S. First Fill 192.94 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7932 U.S. First Fill 194.88 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7933 U.S. First Fill 200.21 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7934 U.S. First Fill 194.13 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7935 U.S. First Fill 198.13 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7936 U.S. First Fill 196.93 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7937 U.S. First Fill 196.52 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7938 U.S. First Fill 199.94 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7939 U.S. First Fill 196.25 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7940 U.S. First Fill 201.17 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7941 U.S. First Fill 198.8 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7942 U.S. First Fill 193.45 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7943 U.S. First Fill 200.08 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7944 U.S. First Fill 202.54 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7945 U.S. First Fill 197.99 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7946 U.S. First Fill 195.74 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7947 U.S. First Fill 202.32 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7948 U.S. First Fill 197.64 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7949 U.S. First Fill 195.49 Heaven Hill 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
5489 U.S. Virgin 198.35 Kelvin Cooperage 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
5490 U.S. Virgin 195.39 Kelvin Cooperage 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
5491 U.S. Virgin 197.57 Kelvin Cooperage 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
5492 U.S. Virgin 198 Kelvin Cooperage 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
5493 U.S. Virgin 199.56 Kelvin Cooperage 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
5494 U.S. Virgin 199.65 Kelvin Cooperage 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
5507 U.S. Virgin 196.72 Kelvin Cooperage 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
5511 U.S. Virgin 199.98 Kelvin Cooperage 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
5512 U.S. Virgin 200.55 Kelvin Cooperage 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
5513 U.S. Virgin 198.57 Kelvin Cooperage 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
5514 U.S. Virgin 195.43 Kelvin Cooperage 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
5515 U.S. Virgin 195.42 Kelvin Cooperage 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
5516 U.S. Virgin 195.22 Kelvin Cooperage 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
5517 U.S. Virgin 196.89 Kelvin Cooperage 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
5518 U.S. Virgin 199.97 Kelvin Cooperage 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
5525 U.S. Virgin 200.96 Kelvin Cooperage 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
5526 U.S. Virgin 198.55 Kelvin Cooperage 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7977 U.S. Virgin 200.77 Kelvin Cooperage 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7978 U.S. Virgin 202.99 Kelvin Cooperage 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
7979 U.S. Virgin 206.67 Kelvin Cooperage 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
4623 French 224.84 Margaux 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
4624 French 226.46 Margaux 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
4625 French 227.26 Margaux 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
4627 French 222.12 Margaux 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
4628 French 224.25 Margaux 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
5989 French 224.52 Margaux 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
5990 French 224.41 Margaux 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
5978 French 226.18 Margaux 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
5984 French 222 Margaux 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
5988 French 225.99 Margaux 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
5991 French 220.99 Margaux 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
2959 Vin Doux Naturel 508.22 Sherry 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
2960 Vin Doux Naturel 507.34 Sherry 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
5798 Vin Doux Naturel 222.6 Marasla 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
5799 Vin Doux Naturel 227.33 Marasla 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
5800 Vin Doux Naturel 224.1 Marasla 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
5854 Vin Doux Naturel 216.25 Marasla 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
5802 Vin Doux Naturel 219.54 Marasla 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
5803 Vin Doux Naturel 227.99 Marasla 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
5804 Vin Doux Naturel 229 Marasla 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD
5805 Vin Doux Naturel 227.06 Marasla 15 February 2017 HOOK HEAD

Composition

46% FIRST FILL U.S.
22% VIRGIN U.S.
15% PREMIUM FRENCH
17% VIN DOUX NATUREL