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Waterford Ratheadon 1.2 5cl Sample

Original price €7,00 - Original price €7,00
Original price
€7,00
€7,00 - €7,00
Current price €7,00

This is a 5cl sample decanted into generic bottle from original Ratheadon 70cl

HEAD DISTILLER'S OBSERVATIONS

Appearance: amber with thick oils and legs to die for.

Nose: the youth catches you, but then floral and honey comes in to soften; digestive biscuits, malty, gentle spices that tingle your nose, mandarins; berry fruits as you sit into a leather seat that’s a snug fit (that might just be me though).

Taste: white pepper, ginger, pearl barley, honey oiliness, soft spices, orange barley sweets.

Finish: the spice lingers just long enough, oily mouthfeel that is endlessly mouthwatering.


RATHEADON, CO. CARLOW

An Bhearú, the “bubbling” River Barrow, which was mentioned by the ancient writer Ptolemy, winds through the limestone lowlands of County Carlow. Ratheadon, Aidhne’s Fort, once home to the Lords of Idrone, stands beyond the river’s east bank on rich & loamy soils. Ratheadon stands in the heartlands of the Irish malting barley industry. 

The echoes of this old trade can still be seen today – the keen-eyed would note the numerous majestic old malting house buildings that line the river –  indeed, were once powered by the river – with the largest malt house standing in Bagenalstown.

This early-sown barley from the superb harvest of 2015 was grown by father and son Stephen & Andrew McDonnell – third and fourth generation growers respectively – upon this unique terroir of a fertile flood plain of the River Barrow. The McDonnell family has farmed here at Ratheadon for some five decades.

This bottling, Edition 1.2, is again an Irish exclusive release as will be the case for all bottlings from Ratheadon. This time, having learned just how significant the demand was locally, we bottled a significant quantity – 10,000 bottles.

GROWER STEPHEN & ANDREW MCDONNELL
FARM RATHEADON
EDITION 1.2
HARVESTED 11 AUGUST 2015
DISTILLED WEEK 25 2016
MATURATION 4 YEARS 1 MONTH 8 DAYS
ABV 50%
NO. OF BOTTLES 10,000
FOR MARKET IRELAND

BOTTLED AUGUST 2020

BARLEY TIMELINES

SOWN 15 FEBRUARY 2015
HARVESTED 11 AUGUST 2015
ARRIVED AT CATHEDRAL 12 AUGUST 2015
WENT TO MALTINGS 7 MAY 2016
ARRIVED AT DISTILLERY 19 APRIL 2016
FERMENTATION STARTED 10 MAY 2016
DISTILLATION STARTED 14 MAY 2016
DISTILLATION FINISHED 23 MAY 2016
FILLED AT WAREHOUSE 25 MAY 2016
MARRIAGE OF CASKS 3 JULY 2020
SENT FOR BOTTLING 24 AUGUST 2020