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Waterford Distillery Launches Oldest Whiskey To Date

By Robert McHugh
Waterford Distillery Launches Oldest Whiskey To Date

Waterford Distillery, a producer of single malts, has launched its new flagship bottling, The Waterford – Cuvée Koffi.

Inspired by Bordeaux chateaux and grande marque champagnes, The Waterford – Cuvée Koffi has been curated by layering together 24 individual single-farm origins of six to seven years of age.

Each single-farm origin was distilled separately, using 100% local Irish barley grown on individual terroirs across the south-east of Ireland.

‘No Ordinary Whiskey’

“The Waterford – Cuvée Koffi is no ordinary whiskey. It’s our lodestar,” said Mark Reynier, CEO and founder of Waterford Distillery, “made from Irish-grown barley that is harvested, malted and distilled separately, then layered together, one after another, to achieve the most natural, complex, flavoursome single malt.”

New Approach

The single malt is free from artificial colouring, additives, and chill filtration, and bottled at a 50% ABV.

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The Waterford is an assemblage created from four distinct cask types, including 36% first-fill American oak, 17% virgin American oak, 21% premium French oak, and 26% vin doux naturel.

At six years of age, this release marks a new approach for the terroir-driven producer.

‘Our Vision’

“Our whiskey has the audacity and generosity to actually taste of barley – ours is agricultural produce, not a manufactured product,” said Reynier.

“Our vision from the start has always been to challenge the whiskey status quo and show how whiskey’s core ingredient – the barley – is responsible for its natural flavours, and Cuvée Koffi is further proof of that concept.”

Artist Collaboration

A rising star of the French art scene, Nathanaël Koffi, collaborated with the brand to create the label and packaging design.

The multidimensional colours and patterns aim to reflect the complexity of each bottling, in which ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’.