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Waterford Releases Some Extremely Peated Irish Whiskeys

Waterford Distillery recently announced the launch of Peated: Lacken and Peated: Woodbrook, among what’s described as “the most heavily-peated Irish whiskeys of all time.”

Made from barley grown on two distinct Single Farm Origins, Lacken in Co. Wexford and Woodbrook in Co. Dublin, the new single malt whiskeys are said to “use the old ways of whisky production of Irish peat” to impart more unique flavors, at a phenol parts per million (PPM) rate of 57 ppm and 74 ppm, respectively.

The two new bottlings are the latest additions to Waterford Distillery’s Arcadian Farm Origins series, joining Peated: Fenniscourt and Peated: Ballybannon, which were released in August last year, and were among “the first in generations to use real Irish peat in whisk[e]y production.”

Waterford Peated Lacken Woodbrook
Waterford Distillery recently announced the launch of Peated: Lacken and Peated: Woodbrook, among what’s described as “the most heavily-peated Irish whiskeys of all time.” (image via Waterford)

As with other Waterford Distillery releases, a unique “TÉIREOIR CODE” on each bottle provides validation and verification of its individual journey from barley to bottle – harvested, stored, malted, distilled and matured.

“Our ongoing exploration into the old ways of whisky-making have taken us, once again, to forgotten flavours: Irish peat, the original taste of Irish whisky,” said Mark Reynier, Waterford Distillery Founder and CEO, in a prepared statement. “Having demonstrated the unique flavours from our first peated Single Farm Origins, and that terroir trumps peat,we decided to dial up the smoke.

“This new brace of Single Farm Origins – using Irish peat and Irish barley – have been peated to levels higher than most of the famous Islay whiskies, and certainly the most for an Irish whisky. And guess what? Those terroir flavours are still distinct and still apparent.”

Official tasting notes for each are as follows:

Peated: Lacken

  • Appearance: Virgin olive oil with tears to match.
  • Nose: High-toned, vibrant, fresh smoke-on-the-breeze-on-a-spring-morning style of peat.
    A coastal walk; brine, oyster shells, barley sugar and orchard fruits: soft apples and pear skins. A little warm hay too as it opens in the glass.
  • Taste: Full-bodied, oily, unctuous. Grist, driftwood, campfire and creosote. Sheepswool and Lapsang Souchong tea. Juiciness comes in the form of white peach and apple sauce.
  • Finish: Complex cigar tobaccos, green tea and tar.

Peated: Woodbrook

  • Appearance: Pale straw with oils that are in no hurry.
  • Nose:  Lemon skins, beeswax and recently-extinguished candles. Freshly-torched crème brûlée. Very fresh, with meadow flowers and hemp alongside a light, complex touch of medicine cupboard.
  • Taste: Dry spices, dry rub and shortbread biscuit. The ashes of a beach campfire. Preserved lemons and Lapsang Souchong tea. Very citrusy – lemon oils and thick-cut lime marmalade.
  • Finish: Long with more of the spices and comforting bonfire tones emerging.

The new Peated: Lacken and Peated: Woodbrook are available to purchase at, with a price of approximately €95/£90 (varying by location).

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Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.

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