With Earth Day come and gone and Earth Month almost over, let’s toast to #EarthDayEveryDay and all who did so much for the Earth this month with Biodynamic and Organic Waterford Whisky! Here on Wine Predator, we love organic and biodynamic products — and we love our whisky because we do not live by wine alone! So I was thrilled when we were offered samples of these beautiful Irish Waterford Distillery bottles of whisky that are organic and biodynamic which we paired with bread pudding that Sue Hill made… and yes, with a whisky sauce and homemade whipped cream!
Organic Waterford Irish Single Malt Whisky “Gaia 2.1”
Grapes: Organic Irish barley, water yeast free from coloring and chill filtration
Organic Gaia: Edition 2.1 (purchase here) champions “maverick barley farmers throughout Ireland, whose practices respect the land and reflect the old ways of farming in the pursuit of pure flavors. Derived from 6 farms using alternative farming methods including organic, biodynamic and heritage barley. Gaia is Ireland’s only whisky to be distilled from 100% organic Irish barley.”
Herb and Marshall preferred this one, finding it smoother.
Appearance: Light in color, golden honey without being honeyed
Aroma: While the nose of whiskey can be a bit overwhelmed by the alcohol we were entranced by the honey, honey pollen a bit of coconut, and the sweet oak.
Palate: Irish whisky by nature is sweet and smooth, a bit of coconut milk on the palate this did not disappoint in that but did have a bit of a whiskey bite. There is a bit of coconut milk on the palate if you pay attention. Do not treat whiskey like you would wine. Do not swish it around quickly in the mouth or it will become hot and unapproachable. This is not the smooth aged Tillamore Dew or Jameson, but the flavors are on the right path.
Pairing: So fantastic with the bread pudding. So smooth and enjoyable with this rich flavorful dessert. It picks up on the raisins and takes off on this incredible pairing.
Biodynamic Waterford Irish Single Malt Whisky “Luna 1.1”
Grapes: Biodynamic Irish Barley, Water, Yeast free from coloring and chill filtration
The world’s first whisky made from biodynamic barley, Biodynamic Luna: Edition 1.1 (purchase here) draws “upon ancient lore of lunar cycles & exotic preparations, the landmark whisky invokes the goddess of the moon for Waterford’s most esoteric & evocative bottling.”
Janie and I loved the texture and complexity we found in this one.
Appearance: Very golden sun, catching the light so nicely
Aroma: Honey, this needs a snifter to be appreciated. It is worth sniffing for the purity, cleanliness and the honey
Palate: Honey pollen and alcohol without being overwhelmingly alcoholic. Very smooth complex in flavor, very alive and vibrant, herbaceous,
Pairing: So, when I posed an Irish Whisky pairing meal, Sue was right away telling me that we needed to do a bread pudding with our Irish Whisky. It was a great suggestion. It is the perfect amount of sweet, creaminess, and crispy texture.