Speciality Brands adds Waterford Distillery with new releases planned for June

Speciality Brands has been appointed exclusive UK distributor of Waterford Distillery, the Irish whisky producer set up by Mark Reynier in 2015.

The news coincides with Waterford’s plans to unveil its first commercial releases since it began distilling five years ago.

The producer’s new Single Farm origin series is described as “an uber-provenance range of limited-edition natural whiskies that explore Irish terroir one far, one place at a time”. The whiskies are “expressions of precision and rarity”, showcasing barley flavours fgrom individual Irish farms and harvests.

The distillery was set up by Reynier who was inspired by his 40 years’ worth of experience in the world of wine and spirits. He believes the notion of terroir – commonly found in winegrowing – can apply to single malt whisky production.

The very first Single Farm Origin releases: Bannow Island and Ballykilcavan, will be available from June 22 with only 1,500 bottles of each available in the UK. Further releases will be available in October.

Bannow Island: Edition 1.1 is distilled from barley grown by Ed Harpour on the extreme southern cost of County Wexford, where salt-laden Atlantic winds and sandy soils create a unique, but challenging terroir.

Ballykilcavan: Edition 1.1 is distilled from barley grown by David Walsh-Kemmis, west of the Barris in County Laois in the barley heartlands, where his fertile fields are sheltered by ancient woodland.

Chris Seale, managing director, Speciality Brands, said: “We were hugely impressed by the unique thinking and innovative character of Waterford Distillery. This is a revolutionary concept for the whisky world with seriously experienced people behind it.

“The brand is a great addition to our portfolio of forward-thinking whisky brands. We couldn’t be more excited to generate conversations about terroir and introduce their single farm origin series to whisky fans across the country.”

Bannow Island and Ballykilcavan will be available from selected specialist whisky stores and e-commerce platforms from June 22. . Both will have an RRP of £70.

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