Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 25, 2010
In 1988 JohnTeeling bought the Cooley Distillery from the Irish Government essentially as a purchase of a facility meant for the scrap heap. The distillery however, was never scrapped. Instead John Teeling and his Master Distiller, Noel Sweeny, turned their perceptions of the facility around, rolled up their sleeves, and ten years later were making some of the most unique Irish whiskey in the Country. Not that it was easy, Dr. Teeling tried unsuccessfully to sell the distillery five years into the process to rid himself of the bad investment. But… innovation and desire played their part, and the remarkable turn around of the Cooley Distillery is the stuff of legend.
One of the innovative products made at the Cooley Distillery is the Greenore Single Grain Irish Whiskey. It is the only single grain Irish Whiskey that I know of which uses a double distillation of a single grain (corn) in a continuous column still. The final product is aged in used bourbon barrels for either 8 years or 15, and bottled at 43% alcohol by volume.
I am reviewing the 15-year-old version which quite frankly is one of the most surprising whiskeys I have come across recently. Here is a small snippet from my review:
“…The delivery of the whiskey leads out with rich oak spice and honey. A sweet vanilla bourbon flavour swamps the taste-buds, and I am fully aware that this whisky is unlike any Irish whisky I have tasted. As the flavour settles toasty corn-on-the-cob with mouth-watering butter comes to mind. ..”
You may read the rest of the review here:
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 7, 2009
A good Irishmen will tell you that Ireland is the birthplace of Whiskey. (He probably will not tell you that this original Irish Whiskey was made from oats not barley and it tasted disgusting.) Whether Ireland really was the birthplace of whiskey is a matter of debate, (for a good Scotsman overhearing the conversation might just roll up his sleeves and start swinging at the mere suggestion that his ancestors did not invent the stuff). But actually the evidence tips slightly to the Irish who are not above tipping and tottering after a dram or two. In fact it is said that the Irish first spelled whiskey with an “e” and the Scots decided to drop the “e” just to point out that their whisky was different, which originally it probably wasn’t, but soon was. And if you follow all of that you probably need a dram of the stuff right about now. So let me introduce an outstanding Irish Whiskey:
Bushmills 16yr Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Irish Whiskey has its own unique flavour heritage, spicy anise and a smooth grainy profile. Personally I find Irish whiskey to be a smooth and easy to drink. Bushmills 16yr Single Malt does not disappoint in this regard. The Irish heritage stands proudly here, but this is a single malt, not a grain whiskey. This means we get a little more sweetness on the palate. The anise flavour is more licorice like. However the whiskey has other complex flavours not commonly found in other Irish whiskeys. A firm but mellow vanilla bourbon (from the American whiskey oak), a subtle but slightly heavy sherry influence (from the Oloroso cask), and fruity cherry like flavours from the port pipes. ….
You may read the full review here:
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