PILGRIMAGE

1ST CUVÉE

HEADLINE FACTS

Pilgrimage
TITLE 1ST CUVÉE: PILGRIMAGE
MATURATION 3 years 5 months 14 days
CODE ID C001VAR-01
ASSEMBLAGE DATE 10 Jan 2020
Bottled 29 May 2020
ABV 50%
For Market Direct Only
No. OF BOTTLES 1,000 Publicly Available + 500 "I Made It Happen"

1ST CUVÉE: PILGRIMAGE

We all have to start somewhere – so naturally we decided to start at the end. Whilst we launched our first Single Farm Origin whiskies commercially in May 2020, individual expressions of a single place captured in spirit, those whiskies in fact stepping stones to something greater. It is a multi-farm cuvée that, eventually, will become our destination. A Single Farm Origin represents a single voice, one terroir, but we intend to get the full choir of farms to sing – for that is the point of terroir-driven distillations. In this way, it gives us a whisky of even greater complexity, as individual base spirit flavours layer on top of each other, like a mille-feuille pastry: a whisky of unrivaled density.

In our wee cellar at the distillery we have a library of tiny 35-litre American oak “blood tubs”, one per farm distillation, which provide the backbone of the Pilgrimage bottling. Not only are they quite charming to show our farmers who want to check in on previous distillations, but their turbocharged effect on maturation – due to the small surface area to volume ratio – give us a glimpse into the future. Which in some ways is exactly what 1st: Cuvée: Pilgrimage represents.

To mark our launch, Head Distiller Ned brought together each of the 36 farms we distilled in our first year – each one location, captured in spirit, a unique Waterford distillate. It was a fitting way to announce our arrival.

Of the 1,500 of these released, 500 went to staff, shareholders, colleagues and very good friends who helped us along the way. 1,000 of these were meant to be labelled “I Was There” and made available to the public for our open day at the distillery – that was, of course, before the major global complications forced us to postpone the party element. Those labels now say: “The First.”

THE GROWERS

Ed Harpur Bannow Island
David Walsh-Kemmis Ballykilcavan
Kenneth Ashmore Knochroe
John P Foley Newgardens
David Power Park
Jimmy Walsh Park
Simon Neville Blackwater
Kelly Brothers The Bleeding Horse
Tom Fennelly Cloncassin
Leeson Stanley Donoughmore
Ger Byrne Fenniscourt
Joe Doyle Kilnahue
Andrew & Stephen McDonnell Ratheadon
Leonard Ashmore Blackcastle
Robert Milne Ballymorgan
Philip O'Brien Sheestown
Richard Raftice Rathclough
John Tynan Dunmore
William & Pat Doyle Cooladine
John Tully Clonhenrett
Ned Murphy Dunbell
Michael Carey Newcastle
John Fletcher Ballycullane
Evan McDonnell Mortarstown
Mark & Garret Browne Broomlands
Paul Mernagh Coolamurray
Jason Stanley Castlefleming
Paddy Tobin Main Street
Trevor Harris Coiltrim
John Mallick Garryhoe
Pat & Denis Booth Kilone
Alan Jackson Jackson Organic

BARLEY VARIETIES

Our Elite Production Process

YEAST & WATER

FERMENTATION TIME 120 HOURS
Production water Volcanic Aquifer

Head Distiller's Observations

Appearance: light copper with a lovely oiliness on the glass.

Nose: Malty, almonds, fresh zest, leather, fresh linen, damp hay, clove spice, orange chocolate, cooked banana.

Taste: Rich mouth puckering oils with a chew-ability, pepper, cherries, sticky dryness, malt, crème caramel, buttery, milk chocolate. The finish reminds me of warm chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream.

 

WOOD

cask no. cask type cask fill cooperage fill date farm
2216 U.S. Virgin 200 litres Speyside, KY 5 April 2016 Kenneth Ashmore
1608 VIN DOUX NATUREL 225 litres Tonnellerie Radoux, France 16 March 2016 John P Foley
3021 FRENCH PREMIUM 225 litres Tonnellerie des Domaines, France 22 July 2016 Tom Fennelly
2131 U.S. Blood Tub 35 litres Speyside, KY 29 April 2016 David Power
2133 U.S. Blood Tub 35 litres Speyside, KY 4 February 2016 David Walsh-Kemmis
2135 U.S. Blood Tub 35 litres Speyside, KY 7 March 2016 Jimmy Walsh
2136 U.S. Blood Tub 35 litres Speyside, KY 14 March 2016 John P Foley
2137 U.S. Blood Tub 35 litres Speyside, KY 24 March 2016 Kenneth Ashmore
2138 U.S. Blood Tub 35 litres Speyside, KY 4 April 2016 Simon Neville
2139 U.S. Blood Tub 35 litres Speyside, KY 15 April 2016 Kelly Brothers
2140 U.S. Blood Tub 35 litres Speyside, KY 19 April 2016 Leeson Stanley
2141 U.S. Blood Tub 35 litres Speyside, KY 28 April 2016 Ger Byrne
2142 U.S. Blood Tub 35 litres Speyside, KY 16 May 2016 Joe Doyle
2143 U.S. Blood Tub 35 litres Speyside, KY 19 May 2016 Stephen McDonnell
2144 U.S. Blood Tub 35 litres Speyside, KY 26 May 2016 Leonard Ashmore
2145 U.S. Blood Tub 35 litres Speyside, KY 3 June 2016 Robert Milne
2146 U.S. Blood Tub 35 litres Speyside, KY 13 June 2016 Edward Harpur
2147 U.S. Blood Tub 35 litres Speyside, KY 22 June 2016 Philip O Brien
2149 U.S. Blood Tub 35 litres Speyside, KY 1 July 2016 Richard Raftice
2150 U.S. Blood Tub 35 litres Speyside, KY 12 July 2016 John Tynan
2151 U.S. Blood Tub 35 litres Speyside, KY 15 July 2016 Thomas Fennelly
2152 U.S. Blood Tub 35 litres Speyside, KY 25 July 2016 William & Pat Doyle
2153 U.S. Blood Tub 35 litres Speyside, KY 9 September 2016 Organic Growers
2159 U.S. Blood Tub 35 litres Speyside, KY 22 September 2016 John Tully
2160 U.S. Blood Tub 35 litres Speyside, KY 27 September 2016 Ed Murphy
2161 U.S. Blood Tub 35 litres Speyside, KY 10 October 2016 Michael Carey
2162 U.S. Blood Tub 35 litres Speyside, KY 14 October 2016 John Fletcher
2163 U.S. Blood Tub 35 litres Speyside, KY 21 October 2016 Evan Mcdonnell
2164 U.S. Blood Tub 35 litres Speyside, KY 27 October 2016 Mark & Garret Browne
2165 U.S. Blood Tub 35 litres Speyside, KY 4 November 2016 Coolamurry
2166 U.S. Blood Tub 35 litres Speyside, KY 14 November 2016 Ted Caldbeck
2167 U.S. Blood Tub 35 litres Speyside, KY 23 November 2016 Gerard Kelly
2168 U.S. Blood Tub 35 litres Speyside, KY 28 November 2016 WL O Hanlon
2169 U.S. Blood Tub 35 litres Speyside, KY 5 December 2016 Andrew Bergin

Composition

36% FIRST-FILL U.S "Blood Tubs"
21% VIRGIN U.S.
22% PREMIUM FRENCH OAK
21% VIN DOUX NATUREL