Tyrconnell Port Cask 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey (700ml)
Located on the Cooley Peninsula in County Louth, Cooley is Ireland's only independent Irish owned distillery. Converted in 1987 from an older potato alcohol plant by John Teeling and other investors, Cooley only distils their whiskey twice, not three times, as is the norm for many other Irish producers. They employ two copper pot stills with large necks, which according to the distillery, increases the time it takes for spirits to pass through. The result is a 'more refined and milder' whiskey.
The Cooley Company has won over 300 medals since opening. Other awards they have received include "European Distiller of the Year" in 2008 and 2009 and "Distillery of the Year" in 2008 from the International Wine and Spirit Competition, and "Distillery of the Year" in 2010 from Malt Advocate magazine.
Once owned by the Watts family, the historic Tyrconnell label (named after a successful racehorse) was originally a best selling brand in the United States before Prohibition.
Tasting note: Very pale gold appearance. Moderate aromatics reveal initial hints of marzipan and caramel. Not the most distinctive port finished nose but surprises after brief aeration becoming fresher, richer and more stone fruit like (ripe pear) as the whisky shines through. The soft, seductive texture is immediate upon entry, continuing through to a classically styled, robust Pure Pot Still-like profile that melds fruit and sweet spices, finishing honeyed yet dry and exceptionally long. Mouthwatering stuff! 46% Alc./Vol.
Other reviews... Deeper, thicker, and more lush than the Madeira Cask Finish... Notes of strawberry preserve, caramel apple, nougat, sponge cake, and a hint of chocolate cream pie. All these sweet, richly textured flavors without being cloying. Nicely done. 92 points - www.maltadvocate.com (Vol. 17, #3) Reviewed by: John Hansell size>