Waterford Hook Head 1.1 Irish Single Malt
The lighthouse at Hook Head stands resolute against the full force of the Atlantic Ocean on Ireland’s southern coast, 10 miles from the distillery – so close that Oliver Cromwell vowed to take Waterford 'by hook or by crook' in the 17th century. In its shadow, Martin Foley grows barley on clay/loam soils derived from limestone, belonging to the Elton series. Exposed to the full range of salt-laden storms, sea mists & ocean breezes, it’s an extreme maritime terroir.
The nose provides an earthy maltiness & fresh soil, citrus peel, breadcrust, white pepper & milk chocolate. This leads to a spice bomb up front with cloves, white pepper, salted caramel, liquorice, ginger biscuits, lemon zest, & chilli chocolate.The finish becomes dry but it leaves a lasting oiliness that holds the spiciness for a long time.