In taking the same approach that some of the world's finest winemakers do with lower intervention vine growing procedures, Waterford are applying these approaches to Barley.
From the producer:
The Arcadian Series of alt-barley is where we champion those maverick growers whose inspirational ethos & way of life respects the land and the old ways in the pursuit of flavour over yield imperative. For the first time we dip into a new vintage: the 2016 organic harvest. Once again Gaia, neopagan goddess & a personification of Mother Earth herself, is our standard bearerfor the celebration of this vibrant new edition of Ireland’s only whisky to be distilled from organic Irish barley.
Head Distiller's Observations
Appearance: Golden peach with super rich and thick oils on the glass.
Nose: Orange peel, fresh soil, bread crust, brown sugar, milk chocolate, fresh fruit salad, fig roll biscuits, lavender, sweet marshmallows, butter milk.
Taste: Spicy, white pepper, grapefruit, dry heat, liquorice, cherries, coco powder, wine gums, dry toast, salted peanuts, lemon zest.
Finish: A dry spice dance that tangos and waltz's like a happy couple into the golden peach sunset.
Extolling a hundred exclusive farms of Irish-grown barley, we search for natural flavours via three paths: our Single Farm Origins pursue the individualism of terroir-derived flavour; our Arcadian Series expresses the intensity of flavour from alternative philosophies and long-forgotten varieties; whilst our Cuvées revel in the ultimate sophistication, where the whole is greater than the sum.