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Waterford Ballymorgan Edition 1.2

“Unfinished Sympathy”

Whisky Review # 998

Country: Ireland 🇮🇪
Region: South-East
Brand: Waterford Ballymorgan Edition 1.2
Type: Single Malt Irish Whisky - Single Farm Origin Series - 30.000 Bottles
Age: 4 Years (2016 - 2020)
Alcohol By Volume (ABV): 50%
Maturation: Mixed Barrels (See Conclusion)
Chill Filtration: No
Price Range: US$ 55-70 (August 2023)
Price/Quality Ratio: 😐 Borderline okay
Buying Advice: 😐 There's potential here but it's just too immature

Colour: Pale Gold (Natural Colour)


Please give the Waterford a little time in the glass before Nosing to avoid the initial waft of Varnish. With that out of the way you clearly get the Virgin Oak, present in most West-European whiskies. The Nose is Young with various Bakery notes. Lots of Toffee and Vanilla as well as some Sweet and Sour Fruity notes. Not bad but rather underdeveloped. The Alcohol is noticeable but not as strong as you would expect in view of the high ABV.

Main Aromas:

Sweet Barley, German Butter Biscuits, Toffee, Vanilla, Yeast, Bread Dough, Apple-Filled Pastry, Hay, Dusty Track, White Chocolate, Dairy, Sour Berries, Fresh Herbs, Cinnamon and Ginger.
Supportive Aroma Accents:

Caramel, Treacle, Farmyard, Floral Perfume, White Port Wine, Artificially-Flavored Candies (Orange, Lemon, Banana), Slivovitz, Varnish, Sweet Tropical Fruit Salad, Oak and Pepper.


Young, Thin and slightly Hot. The Cask and its Spices come to the front. It's like soaking White Bread in New Make Spirit and cover it in Spices. It's not bad but it tastes like a semi-finished product.

Main Flavours:

Sweet Barley, Toffee, Vanilla, Dough, Yeast, Fruit-Flavored Candies (Orange, Green Apple, Lemon, Banana, Pear), Sour Berries, Grapefruit, Oak, Pepper, Ginger, Cloves, Nutmeg and Licorice.

Supportive Flavour Accents:

Sugary Honey, Caramel, Floral Perfume, Slivovitz, Milk Chocolate, Leather, Tobacco, Fresh Herbs, Cinnamon and Aniseed.


Middle-Long, quite Hot & a little on the Thin side. Sweet at first but with increasing Bitterness towards the Dry end. The potential is there but this Spirit is very Young & clearly requires some additional Cask time. I find Toasted Barley, Caramel, Vanilla, Toffee, Resin, Varnish, Pastry, Sour Berries, Lemon, Grapefruit, Green Apple, Floral Perfume, Dusty Track, Bounty Candy Bars, Oak, Pepper, Ginger, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Mint, Licorice and Cloves. Slightly stale Espresso after a while.

Drinking Advice:

A little Water helps to control the Alcohol of course and that's a plus. On the minus side you lose a lot of the Flavours. A few drops can't hurt but don't overdo it.

Rating: 6.5 (******1/2)

Nose: 7 - Taste: 6.5 - Finish: 6

*** Important Note with respect to Rating.

If the Final score is above 8 you can safely buy the whisky in question if and when it fits your Aroma/Flavor profile. If the score is between 6 and 8 you might want to try it out in the form of a sample or if offered at a good price. Anything below 6 should be left alone when you are looking for a nice sipping whisky. You might still like it of course & I realize pricing is an important item for many whisky fans especially when you are used to enjoy whisky in a cocktail or a mixed drink.

Drinking Experience Neat: Okay but way too Young.


The Waterford distillery is located in the town that bears the same name and was founded in 2014 by former co-owner of Bruichladdich, Mark Reynier. The current production capacity is one million litres. Waterford seems to specialize in organic & biodynamic whisky using local products whenever possible. The Single Farm Origin Series are made with Barley produced on a single farm. In the case of the 1.2 I'm reviewing today the barley was produced by Robert Milne in the County Wexford.

The 1.2 Edition matured in the following very interesting cask combination: 1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Casks (37%), Virgin US Oak (20%), French Oak (23%), Fortified Sweet Wine-Vin Doux Naturel (23%).

The Waterford Distillery took a lot of effort to create something special here. They took Single Farm Barley and matured the Spirit in a variety of casks of good quality. They gave it everything but...Time! Four years is simply not enough and the Virgin Oak and Hot Spices are in full control. And that's a pity because I feel that the full potential of the Fruity Waterford Spirit is there. It just needs to be left alone for at least 12 Years. I really hope to be able to taste a fully matured Waterford in the near future.


Jan van den Ende                                                                         August 3, 2023