Locke's 8 Y.O. Single Malt Irish Whiskey (700ml)
The Locke's Single Malt was the pioneer brand for Cooley Distillery, first launched in 1992. On the 17th of July that year the first mature cask of Locke's Single Malt was tapped by the Grand-daughter of the last John Locke. The initial bottling was a limited edition of 5,000 individually numbered bottles. In 1998 the Locke's brand was officially launched and went on general release to complete Cooley's malt range. However it wasn't until 2000 that Cooley launched its first aged version, Locke's 8 Year Old Single Malt. Its unique quality and flavour was fully rewarded when it won a Gold medal at the 2001 International Wine and Spirits Competition. Noel Sweeney, Cooley Master Blender, comments, 'Forget all the bottles of fancy wood finished Scotch and get this. I promise you a rare and wonderful treat. A minimum age of 8 years has given this whiskey the smoothness one would expect. The marrying of peat and non-peated malts has given this whiskey everything, honey, oak, fruit, peat, mouth-feel and finish.'
'A very tasty dram, with a clear malt-intense in the Speyside style. The sheer intensity of the malt is sublime.'
Jim Murray, author of Classic Irish Whiskey.
Tasting note: Nose: Fragrant, with just the tiniest hint of peat. Grassy. Lemon-grass. Palate: Honeydew melons. Finish: Full. Firm. Juicy. Peachy maltiness. Comment: Beautifully balanced with toasted dryness. 40% Alc./Vol. Rating: 80 points - note sourced from Michael Jackson, www.whiskymag.com
Other reviews... Nose: Pounding, intense, grassy sweet barley; Taste: excellent mouth arrival and almost immediately a honey-rich delivery of lush, slightly oily malt: wonderful, wonderful stuff! Finish: soft oak tempers the barley... Rating: 92 points - Jim Murrays Whisky Bible 2006
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