Deep, biscuity aromas accompanied by notes of citrus fill the nose. Toasted oak, light brown sugar and cedar join them and lead into a creamy, yet wonderfully briny mouth-feel with candied orange peel and vanilla making an appearance. An enduring, deep finish ensues.
I read about this whiskey in a book of Irish Whiskey I purchased at the Celtic Ranch in Weston, Mo. It is the smoothest Irish Whiskey, I have ever drank though slightly higher priced than some others. Well, worth the extra and I give this as gifts and drink it myself. It is a St. Pat's Day favorite and I have converted several people from Jameson's.
In a normal year, any one of the six Irish whiskeys released in 2011 could have staked a claim as Irish whiskey of the year. But 2011 wasn’t normal, not least because in a normal year it’s not likely there would have been six releases in total, let alone six potential award-winning contenders. Unsurprisingly, given the last decade or so, Cooley was never far from the headlines, and the company bookended the year with Kilbeggan 18 year old and Greenore 18 year old at the beginning of it, and Connemara Bog Oak toward the end.