Whisky Focus - Waterford Inaugural Release - 1st Cuvee: Pilgrimage

Waterford Inaugural Release - 1st Cuvee: Pilgrimage


26th February 2020
Waterford Distillery has announced its inaugural release which will only be available at a distillery Open Day on 25th April.

Waterford 1ST CUVÉE: PILGRIMAGEMark Reynier, who I am sure you will recall as the man who brought the abandoned Bruichladdich distillery on Islay back to life and then sold the distillery on to Remy Cointreau for a staggering £58m.

Mark didn't stay out of the whisky business, or I should say "whiskey" business for long, in 2014, Mark, along with partners founded Irish company Renegade Spirits and proceeded to convert an old Guinness brewery in Waterford into a an Irish whiskey distillery.

Following the conversion from a Guinness brewery the first distillation at Waterford Distillery flowed from the stills in January 2016 and another 4 years on the terroir-driven whisky producer has announced its inaugural release – Waterford 1ST CUVÉE: PILGRIMAGE.

As you can imagine the inaugural Waterford 1ST CUVÉE: PILGRIMAGE is a limited release and will be available only at a forthcoming distillery open day on Saturday 25th April. Tickets to the event are being sold via Eventbrite. In the first weekend of the event being announced, Waterford tells me that 50% of tickets to acquire 1ST CUVÉE: PILGRIMAGE have already sold, with the masterclass level ticket selling out within 45 minutes of the event being shared.

THE OPEN DAY

The open day is to celebrate Waterford Whisky’s coming of age, their Irish Single Malt Whisky’s debut, and they wanted to open their gates on Saturday 25th April to those curious to see what the distillery has been up to these last five years.

I am told that there will be a festival atmosphere, irrespective of the weather, the distillery has invited local food suppliers, brewers and musicians – and Waterford Whisky will also be available to taste for the first time.

1ST CUVÉE: PILGRIMAGE

There are 1,500 numbered bottles of 1ST CUVÉE: PILGRIMAGE bottled at 50% ABV.

Only 1,000 of these are labelled "I Was There" and will be available to the public, strictly limited to one per individual.

This limited edition, first bottling has a retail value of €150 and is only available on Saturday 25th April at the distillery as part of this event – it must be collected in person. It is for those who make the pilgrimage.

To mark this historic moment, the launch of Waterford Whisky, a limited edition commemorative bottling has been created by Head Distiller Ned Gahan. For 1ST CUVÉE: PILGRIMAGE Ned has brought together each of the 36 farms that Waterford distilled in their first year, each one location, captured in spirit, a unique Waterford distillate. Together, they make a complex and multi-layered single malt – the determined goal of their intriguing journey, a pioneering concept for the whisky industry.

Waterford tells me that they will be announcing their first commercial releases soon, but in the meantime, whether you are a whiskey collector or drinker, if you want to to get hold of the inaugural bottling of the newest Irish single malt whiskey you will need to get yourself a ticket for the Waterford open day which are available from  www.eventbrite.ie

 

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