Waterford Peated SFO Ballybannon Whiskey 70cl in gift box
Unashamedly influenced by the world’s greatest winemakers, Waterford Whiskey obsessively bring the same intellectual drive, methodology and rigour to barley – the very source of malt whisky’s complex flavour. Waterford Whiskey is the world’s largest producer of organic and biodynamic whiskies.
Ballybannon in Co. Carlow could be the perfect terroir for growing barley for peating. Sitting on raised ground along the banks of the River Barrow, its heavy, lime-rich soils — archetypal Elton series — are directly adjacent to sphagnum-dense inland bog. Small wonder then that the Pender family’s barley and peat from Niall Carroll’s Ballyteige cuttings in Co. Kildare have proven such a natural combination. Such is Ballybannon barley’s natural affinity for peat, that we have been able to kiln-dry it to a high 47ppm and still find that the character of Ballybannon’s terroir itself remains the dominant flavour in the spirit. Along with its sister bottling, Fenniscourt, Peated Ballybannon represents the first marriage of Irish barley and Irish peat in generations.