At last, we have Irelandís answer to Lagavulin! The innovative folk at the independent Cooley distillery near Dundalk have never been afraid to experiment, introducing the first peated Irish single malt in the shape of Connemara in 1996. Since then, an expression with a 12-year-old age statement and a cask strength edition have appeared, and most recently this Sherry-finished variant has hit the shelves.
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|Cooley, Connemara Sherry Finish Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey (Ireland) |
This release follows a highly-acclaimed single cask Sherry-finish offering and is the first release in a ĎSmall Batch Collection.í Just 10,000 bottles will be available for an 18 month period. Future bottlings are expected to include a heavily-peated expression. The Sherry-finish version comprises whiskeys aged between five and 15 years, which have undergone secondary maturation in ex-Sherry wood for a period of around 18 months.
The nose offers a big hit of rich, raisiny, smoky leather. Riding boots standing close to a turf fire. It becomes slightly more rubbery with prolonged exposure to air, and more overt Sherry notes develop. The palate is bold, with citrus fruits, freshly-laid tarmac and liquorice. Water releases a greater flavour of Sherry. The lengthy finish features more citrus fruits, liquorice and bonfire smoke.
A great winterís evening whiskey.
46.0% ABV, 70cl, £50.00, specialist whisky merchants.