Recently i and the Whisky Circus had the pleasure in sitting down with Head Distiller, Ned Gahan from The Waterford distillery over in Ireland..
This second part of the chat evolved into the hot topic of Terroir and does it exist and more importantly, can you actually taste the difference in the spirit they are producing..
As those who have followed the story so far will know i am still not convinced about the whole thing and more importantly, does it actually matter ?
I want a good whisky that i can sit down with and enjoy, do i need to know the field the barley came from, no not really but i admit i can understand why some people will find this of interest.. Next, if trying to prove Terroir exists then surely you need to remove all traces of previous distillations from previous farms and not mix some liquids into the next batch.. Is this not a contamination of some sort and shouldn’t this then be classed as some sort of Blended farm rather than be miss classified as a Single farm release.. After all if you add water to a cask strength whisky, is it still cask strength ? If you add some grain to a single malt is it still a single malt or a blend ?
Ned does try to convince me and i honestly do thank him for his time which i really did appreciate.. At the end of the day the important thing in all this is that i hope the Liquid tastes good and i cant wait to actually try it !!