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The Cuvée

HEADLINE FACTS

TITLE The Cuvée
MATURATION 1631 DAYS OR 4 YEARS, 5 MONTHS, 19 DAYS
ASSEMBLAGE DATE 23 April 2021
Bottled 26 July 2021
ABV 50%
For Market Worldwide
No. OF BOTTLES 40,000

 

THE CUVÉE

We rigorously apply the ancient terroir methodology to today’s verdant landscape of Ireland, home of the world’s finest barley. Now for the first time in single malt whisky – unashamedly inspired by the legendary châteaux of France – we reach the apogee of this radical philosophy.

Our distillery, the technological marvel we call the Facilitator, enables us to create elite whisky – farm by farm, terroir by terroir. State-of-the-art equipment marries with ancient knowledge, locally grown Irish barley with extended fermentations, unhurried distillation & an array of exceptional oak. It has provided a unique library of Single Farm Origins – each expressing its own identity, its own voice.

This unprecedented spectrum of flavours must now reach its crescendo: we have celebrated & explored the singles; now we produce our more immersive concept album. For layered together inthis cerebral fusion of flavours, these component Waterford Whiskies come together, culminating in our ultimate experience: textured, complex & compelling.

The Cuvée, a synthesis of Single Farm Origins, an enigmatic gestalt, a milestone in our journey. The definitive Waterford Whisky. Our LodeStar.

THE GROWERS

David Power Park
David Walsh-Kemmis Ballykilcavan
Edward Harpur Bannow Island
Evan McDonnell Mortarstown
Ger Byrne Fenniscourt
Jimmy Walshe Tinryland
Joe Doyle Kilnahoe
John Fletcher Ballycullane
John P Foley Newgardens
John Tully Clonhenrett
John Tynan Dunmore
Kelly Brothers The Bleeding Horse
Kenneth Ashmore Knockroe
Leeson Stanley Donoughmore
Barry Ashmore Blackcastle
Mark Browne Broomlands
Michael Carey The Rookery
Ned Murphy Dunbell
Philip O'Brien Sheestown
Richard Raftice Rathclogh
Robert Milne Ballymorgan
Simon Neville Ballyroe
Stephen Andrew McDonnell Ratheadon
Thomas Fennelly Cloncassin
William & Pat Doyle Cooladine
Alan Jackson Lacka
Pat & Denis Booth Kilone
John Mallick Garryhoe
Trevor Harris Coilltroim
Paddy Tobin Johnstown
Jason Stanley Castlefleming

BARLEY VARIETIES

The Cuvée

The Definitive Waterford Whisky

The Cuvée – The Sounds of Our Production Process

This track starts outside the Facilitator's doors. We hang around a while before heading inside, to follow some of the processes through the distillery… the Mash Filter and panels resetting, then through the Washback area as a vent opens relieving pressure from the system. The Spirit Still release valve opens and the lees drop away to drain as the Wash Still begins filling – then the Still hatch is closed. We go inside the Spirit Safe as the Stills heat up and pressure gurgles through the system before the spirit starts to flow through freely. We finish off our tour of the Facilitator on the balcony that overlooks the distillery, where all the sounds from the different areas merge together. Back outside, we head along the River Suir through Waterford, where the riverbed bubbles at low tide, and gulls fly overhead. From here we move out towards our warehouses at Ballygarran, which allows the sea breezes through its vents, then to high upon the clifftops overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

YEAST & WATER

FERMENTATION TIME 138 HOURS
Production water Volcanic Aquifer

Head Distiller's Observations

Appearance: Golden sunrise with intense oils.

Nose: Red apples, fresh dry soil, breadcrust, green foliage, lavender, digestive biscuits, oranges, barmbrack, over ripe banana skin, a summer flower bed, fresh mint, coffee cake.

Taste: Clove sweets, white pepper, oily, grapefruit, lemon zest, dark chocolate, dry toast, cherries, granola bar, dried herbs, aniseed, green olives, 3 peel marmalade.

Finish: Pepper up front with oily spiciness that softens, starts dry but then gets mouth-watering & lingers where I close my eyes and relax!

cask no. cask type cask fill cooperage fill date farm
482 U.S. First Fill 199.7 Seagram Lawrenceburg 22 February 2016 Park
483 U.S. First Fill 199.71 Seagram Lawrenceburg 22 February 2016 Park
484 U.S. First Fill 198.42 Seagram Lawrenceburg 22 February 2016 Park
485 U.S. First Fill 198.36 Seagram Lawrenceburg 22 February 2016 Park
486 U.S. First Fill 198.29 Seagram Lawrenceburg 22 February 2016 Park
487 U.S. First Fill 198.5 Seagram Lawrenceburg 22 February 2016 Park
503 U.S. First Fill 199.22 Seagram Lawrenceburg 29 February 2016 Ballykilcavan
504 U.S. First Fill 196.5 Seagram Lawrenceburg 29 February 2016 Ballykilcavan
505 U.S. First Fill 196.75 Seagram Lawrenceburg 29 February 2016 Ballykilcavan
1164 U.S. First Fill 197 Clermont Springs 11 March 2016 Tinryland
1165 U.S. First Fill 199.32 Seagram Lawrenceburg 11 March 2016 Tinryland
1166 U.S. First Fill 198.14 Jim Beam 11 March 2016 Tinryland
1168 U.S. First Fill 198.14 Seagram Lawrenceburg 11 March 2016 Tinryland
926 U.S. First Fill 195.33 Seagram Lawrenceburg 16 March 2016 Newgardens
927 U.S. First Fill 197.13 Seagram Lawrenceburg 16 March 2016 Newgardens
930 U.S. First Fill 199.65 Seagram Lawrenceburg 16 March 2016 Newgardens
931 U.S. First Fill 196.37 Seagram Lawrenceburg 16 March 2016 Newgardens
929 U.S. First Fill 202.31 Seagram Lawrenceburg 16 March 2016 Newgardens
973 U.S. First Fill 195.45 Seagram Lawrenceburg 4 May 2016 Knockroe
974 U.S. First Fill 199.54 Seagram Lawrenceburg 4 May 2016 Knockroe
975 U.S. First Fill 198.84 Seagram Lawrenceburg 4 April 2016 Knockroe
1062 U.S. First Fill 204.57 Seagram Lawrenceburg 8 April 2016 Ballyroe
1063 U.S. First Fill 198.17 Seagram Lawrenceburg 8 April 2016 Ballyroe
1064 U.S. First Fill 196.59 Seagram Lawrenceburg 8 April 2016 Ballyroe
1345 U.S. First Fill 197.08 Jack Daniels 19 April 2016 The Bleeding Horse
1327 U.S. First Fill 204.36 Jack Daniels 19 April 2016 The Bleeding Horse
1324 U.S. First Fill 236.54 Bourbon Selects 19 April 2016 The Bleeding Horse
1326 U.S. First Fill 203.73 Jack Daniels 19 April 2016 The Bleeding Horse
1323 U.S. First Fill 197.1 Makers Mark 19 April 2016 The Bleeding Horse
1325 U.S. First Fill 160.60 Jim Beam 19 April 2016 The Bleeding Horse
1322 U.S. First Fill 203.17 Seagram Lawrenceburg 19 April 2016 The Bleeding Horse
1508 U.S. First Fill 194.28 Bourbon Selects 28 April 2016 Donoughmore
1509 U.S. First Fill 195.22 Bourbon Selects 28 April 2016 Donoughmore
1505 U.S. First Fill 194.95 Bourbon Selects 28 April 2016 Donoughmore
1721 U.S. First Fill 197.57 Heaven Hill 9 May 2016 Fenniscourt
1719 U.S. First Fill 198.56 Heaven Hill 9 May 2016 Fenniscourt
1723 U.S. First Fill 201.42 Heaven Hill 9 May 2016 Fenniscourt
1814 U.S. First Fill 196.31 Heaven Hill 19 May 2016 Kilnahue
1825 U.S. First Fill 194.45 Heaven Hill 19 May 2016 Kilnahue
1824 U.S. First Fill 197.02 Heaven Hill 19 May 2016 Kilnahue
1826 U.S. First Fill 198.23 Heaven Hill 19 May 2016 Kilnahue
1823 U.S. First Fill 196.30 Heaven Hill 19 May 2016 Kilnahue
1822 U.S. First Fill 197.60 Heaven Hill 19 May 2016 Kilnahue
2118 U.S. First Fill 192.37 Heaven Hill 6 June 2016 Blackcastle
2119 U.S. First Fill 188.47 Heaven Hill 6 June 2016 Blackcastle
2120 U.S. First Fill 197.76 Heaven Hill 6 June 2016 Blackcastle
3929 U.S. First Fill 179.78 Jack Daniels 13 June 2016 Ballymorgan
2130 U.S. First Fill 197.67 Heaven Hill 13 June 2016 Ballymorgan
4130 U.S. First Fill 199.39 Speyside 7 July 2016 Sheestown
4186 U.S. First Fill 196.60 Speyside 7 July 2016 Rathclogh
4183 U.S. First Fill 195.09 Speyside 7 July 2016 Rathclogh
4352 U.S. First Fill 193.48 Heaven Hill 15 July 2016 Dunmore
4353 U.S. First Fill 200.69 Heaven Hill 15 July 2016 Dunmore
4351 U.S. First Fill 202.83 Heaven Hill 15 July 2016 Dunmore
4448 U.S. First Fill 201.66 Heaven Hill 22 July 2016 Cloncassin
4446 U.S. First Fill 199.69 Heaven Hill 22 July 2016 Cloncassin
4449 U.S. First Fill 201.38 Heaven Hill 22 July 2016 Cloncassin
4450 U.S. First Fill 202.78 Heaven Hill 22 July 2016 Cloncassin
4451 U.S. First Fill 200.90 Heaven Hill 22 July 2016 Cloncassin
5142 U.S. First Fill 201.03 Diageo America 12 August 2016 Cooladine
5141 U.S. First Fill 200.79 Diageo America 12 August 2016 Cooladine
5145 U.S. First Fill 202.50 Diageo America 12 August 2016 Cooladine
5241 U.S. First Fill 195.87 Seagram Lawrenceburg 16 September 2016 Various (Organic)
5315 U.S. First Fill 200.60 Jack Daniels 27 September 2021 Clonhenrett
1959 U.S. First Fill 201.49 Heaven Hill 25 May 2016 Ratheadon
3986 U.S. First Fill 200.14 Jack Daniels 23 June 2016 Bannow Island
3664 U.S. Virgin 199.1 Kelvin Cooperage 11 April 2016 Broomlands
2202 U.S. Virgin 201.44 Speyside Cooperage 16 March 2016 Newgardens
2203 U.S. Virgin 198.79 Speyside Cooperage 16 March 2016 Newgardens
2205 U.S. Virgin 205.53 Speyside Cooperage 16 March 2016 Newgardens
2204 U.S. Virgin 202.72 Speyside Cooperage 16 March 2016 Newgardens
2221 U.S. Virgin 203.48 Speyside Cooperage 5 April 2016 Knockroe
2218 U.S. Virgin 201.15 Speyside Cooperage 5 April 2016 Knockroe
2429 U.S. Virgin 196.75 Speyside Cooperage 8 April 2016 Ballyroe
2431 U.S. Virgin 202.16 Speyside Cooperage 8 April 2016 Ballyroe
2450 U.S. Virgin 203.56 Speyside Cooperage 19 April 2016 The Bleeding Horse
2451 U.S. Virgin 202.46 Speyside Cooperage 19 April 2016 The Bleeding Horse
2452 U.S. Virgin 201.63 Speyside Cooperage 19 April 2016 The Bleeding Horse
2470 U.S. Virgin 200.04 Speyside Cooperage 28 April 2016 Donoughmore
2482 U.S. Virgin 200.04 Speyside Cooperage 9 May 2016 Fenniscourt
2506 U.S. Virgin 201.93 Speyside Cooperage 19 May 2016 Kilnahue
2510 U.S. Virgin 202.47 Speyside Cooperage 19 May 2016 Kilnahue
2511 U.S. Virgin 203.72 Speyside Cooperage 19 May 2016 Kilnahue
2529 U.S. Virgin 206.84 Speyside Cooperage 25 May 2016 Ratheadon
2532 U.S. Virgin 207.08 Speyside Cooperage 25 May 2016 Ratheadon
2555 U.S. Virgin 202.18 Speyside Cooperage 6 June 2016 Blackcastle
2562 U.S. Virgin 198.63 Speyside Cooperage 13 June 2016 Ballymorgan
2591 U.S. Virgin 203.74 Speyside Cooperage 23 June 2016 Bannow Island
2692 U.S. Virgin 203.09 Speyside Cooperage 23 June 2016 Bannow Island
3483 U.S. Virgin 206.12 Kelvin Cooperage 7 July 2016 Sheestown
3509 U.S. Virgin 200.03 Kelvin Cooperage 7 July 2016 Rathclogh
2736 U.S. Virgin 200.02 Speyside Cooperage 15 July 2016 Dunmore
2737 U.S. Virgin 199.64 Speyside Cooperage 15 July 2016 Dunmore
2773 U.S. Virgin 204.31 Speyside Cooperage 22 July 2016 Cloncassin
2770 U.S. Virgin 201.14 Speyside Cooperage 22 July 2016 Cloncassin
2772 U.S. Virgin 203.72 Speyside Cooperage 22 July 2016 Cloncassin
2769 U.S. Virgin 200.65 Speyside Cooperage 22 July 2016 Cloncassin
2781 U.S. Virgin 201.36 Speyside Cooperage 12 August 2016 Cooladine
2206 U.S. First Fill 205.88 Speyside Cooperage 27 September 2016 Clonhenrett
2873 U.S. First Fill 201.57 Speyside Cooperage 5 October 2016 Dunbell
4715 French 231.62 Laurent Vives 20 October 2016 Ballycullane
3390 French 228.69 Chateau Lafite Rothschild 28 October 2016 Mortarstown
14 French 223.75 Nadalie 22 February 2016 Park
12 French 224.05 Taransaud 22 February 2016 Park
42 French 217.42 Seguin Moreau 29 February 2016 Ballykilcavan
49 French 223.13 Bureau & Fr 29 February 2016 Ballykilcavan
52 French 223.35 Taransaud 11 March 2016 Tinryland
53 French 222.15 Radoux 11 March 2016 Tinryland
23 French 223.78 Magrenan 16 March 2016 Newgardens
99 French 223.94 Nadalie 5 April 2016 Knockroe
70 French 226.38 Taransaud 8 April 2016 Ballyroe
73 French 226.99 Demptos 19 April 2016 The Bleeding Horse
89 French 221.78 Bureau & Fr 28 April 2016 Donoughmore
105 French 223.35 Bureau & Fr 9 May 2016 Fenniscourt
231 French 222.96 Radoux 19 May 2016 Kilnahue
229 French 222.89 Berthomieu 19 May 2016 Kilnahue
227 French 220.42 Victoria 19 May 2016 Kilnahue
243 French 222.28 Berthomieu 25 May 2016 Ratheadon
2978 French 227.34 Tonnellerie des Domaines 6 June 2016 Blackcastle
308 French 221.62 Tonnellerie Radoux 23 June 2016 Bannow Island
660 French 238.59 Tonnellerie Baron 7 July 2016 Rathclogh
679 French 226.86 Mercurey 15 July 2016 Dunmore
3018 French 243.58 Tonnellerie des Domaines 22 July 2016 Cloncassin
3020 French 226.46 Tonnellerie des Domaines 22 July 2016 Cloncassin
3023 French 227.2 Tonnellerie des Domaines 22 July 2016 Cloncassin
710 French 239.72 Tonnellerie Baron 12 August 2016 Cooladine
718 French 239.77 Francis 12 August 2016 Cooladine
727 French 227.37 Francois Freres 16 September 2016 Various (Organic)
755 French 240.47 Francis 27 September 2016 Clonhenrett
812 Vin Doux Naturel 401.14 Oloroso 22 February 2016 Park
1540 Vin Doux Naturel 505.74 Oloroso 11 March 2016 Tinryland
1617 Vin Doux Naturel 225.25 Demptos 16 March 2016 Newgardens
1546 Vin Doux Naturel 509.4 Oloroso 5 April 2016 Knockroe
1645 Vin Doux Naturel 220.2 Tonnellerie Radoux 8 April 2016 Ballyroe
1638 Vin Doux Naturel 231.32 Francois Freres 19 April 2016 The Bleeding Horse
1550 Vin Doux Naturel 504.36 Oloroso 28 April 2016 Donoughmore
127 Vin Doux Naturel 227.27 Taransaud 9 May 2016 Fenniscourt
2614 Vin Doux Naturel 204.68 Speyside Cooperage 19 May 2016 Kilnahue

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