This 16-year-old single grain, single cask (cask # 12441) whiskey may seem to represent a niche of a niche, and as such could be dauntingly expensive, but this exclusive bottling for the Milroy's of Soho Single Cask Collection is a comparatively affordable way of sampling something very unusual.
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Cooley, Single Cask Single Grain Irish Whiskey (Ireland) |
Cooley distillery was established by entrepreneur John Teeling in a former industrial alcohol plant near Dundalk in 1987. Having survived turbulent financial times the venture is now thriving as Ireland’s only independent distilling operation. With a fraction of the budget that Diageo and Pernod Ricard can throw at the promotion of their Bushmills and Jameson whiskeys, Cooley has established a reputation for producing well regarded brands such as Locke’s, Connemara and Tyrconnell single malts.
A more recent addition to the Cooley line up is Greenore eight-year-old single grain, and this Milroy’s bottling is effectively the same spirit at twice the age, with 16 years in a first fill Bourbon hogshead under its belt. Made from unmalted barley, it was double distilled in a Coffey still.
The result is a whiskey with a rich, enticing nose of spicy butterscotch and sponge pudding with custard. Smooth and sensual on the quite complex palate, with honey, malt, milk chocolate, vanilla and more spice. The finish is lingering and creamy, with ginger and vanilla offering a contrast with the pleasant bitterness of ageing oak.
A lovely example of mature grain whiskey.
46.0% ABV, 70cl, £45.00, Milroy's of Soho.