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Waterford Luna 1.1

  • Distiller:

    Waterford

  • Bottler:

    Waterford

  • ABV:

    50%

  • Age:

    3 Years 2 Months

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: Drink Hacker
  • Excerpt: Initial notes of dark red fruits and clove-studded citrus lighten quickly to candy apple and pear chips. The finish showcases a bit of peppery spice and fading notes of sweet orange glaze and vanilla icing. This definitely tastes “natural,” but I’m not sure considerably more so than any other whisky.
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  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: Words of Whisky
  • Excerpt: It totally intrigues me. It's just a little too spicy and (seemingly) immature at times for a higher rating.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: Youthful, elegant, and perhaps a bit awkward, this is not a generous whiskey. While it’s a little hard to love, I found myself returning to it more frequently than I originally expected, especially in an aperitif context.
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  • Intro:

    Produced using only Biodynamically farmed Barley, this is the inaugural release of Luna from Waterford in Waterford, Ireland. It's aged for just a touch over 3 years (3 years, 2 months) utilizing a variety of casks: virgin oak, ex-bourbon, dessert wine. Bottled without coloring or filtering, this is batch BD01-E01-01. Let's dive in!

  • Nose:

    Full of citrus, crushed stone, slate and a touch of pepper and ash. Citrus leans heavy into lemon and lime curd, sweet and a touch savory.

  • Taste:

    Sweet on the palate, blends caramel, creme brulee, a touch of cream and slate with ash, char, a bit of an industrial note and a touch of oak.

  • Finish:

    Long finish, drawing things together; balancing the sweet desserts, the citrusy fruits and the more industrial, savory notes like smoke, ash and that slate note.

  • Overall:

    Delightfully savory, this drinks more like some of my favorite wines: combining fruit, slate and spirit to deliver a unique, complex, pour.

  • Score:

    7

  • By t8ke
  • Disclosure: The producer provided this sample to review free of charge, and without expectation of review or rating.

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