Making it Work: Waterford Whisky is all about the barley and not the barrel

The Waterford distillery aims to set itself apart from the Irish whiskey industry – right down to its decision to spell the storied drink without the ‘e’. Its new bottling, Ballyroe 1.1, marks its first distillery exclusive

18th July, 2021
Making it Work: Waterford Whisky is all about the barley and not the barrel
Ned Gahan, head distiller at Waterford Whisky, pictured with the new Ballyroe edition: ‘We’re letting the barley speak for itself.’ Picture: Patrick Browne

Five miles north of Wexford town lies An Baile Rua, a farmstead which sits on sand and mudstones. Ballyroe is the name of the townland, and it’s also the name of the newest offering from Waterford Whisky.

The distillery, which employs 24 people, is aiming to take the “intellectual drive, methodology and rigour” of the great French winemakers and channel them into the production of single malt whiskey.

Ballyroe Edition 1.1 is...

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