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Waterford Distillery creates single malt whisky inspired by winemaking

Waterford Distillery has launched Cuvée: Argot, a single malt whisky created with barley harvested from individual farms to highlight the liquid’s “terroir”.

Waterford Distillery creates single malt whisky inspired by winemaking

Cuvée: Argot was inspired by the terroir-driven techniques of French winemakers.

Waterford Distillery harvests, distills and matures Irish barley farm by farm, creating distinct terroir-derived flavour profiles. These individual distillations are used to create the producer’s Single Farm Origin whiskies, of which there are 13.

Cuvée: Argot combines a number of distinct Single Farm Origin whiskies to create a signature bottling from the distillery.

The Irish distillery is encouraging transparency and traceability in the spirits world, inspired by that of wines from specific terroirs. Each bottle of Cuvée: Argot has a TÉIREOIR code, meaning drinkers have full access to how the barley was harvested, stored, malted, and distilled.

Mark Reynier, founder and CEO of Waterford Distillery, said: “We are delighted to introduce the Cuvée: Argot as part of our continued quest to uncover whisky’s most natural flavours. At Waterford Distillery, our view is rather than a manufactured product, Waterford Whisky is an agricultural produce. It’s of the land; our reverence for its raw material, barley. And Argot is our introduction to that Waterford Whisky world.”

He compared the whisky-making process to the blending involved in “Bordeaux Grand Vin and Champagne Grand Marques”.

Reynier added: “With this new addition to our ever-growing collection of bottlings, Argot is a refreshing, more accessible bottling for whisky lovers and flavour enthusiasts to experience our Cuvée Concepts.”

In other news, ever wondered why there are two different spellings of ‘whisky’ and ‘whisky’? The name for the spirit distilled from grain mash comes from Gaelic term for ‘water of life’. But why do the words differ? Find out more here.

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