Review: Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey / by Jason Hambrey

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100% Malted Barley
Distiller Cooley (Louth, Ireland)

A single malt, double distilled, at Cooley - this is named after a racehorse, Tyrconnell, which captured the imagination of a distiller who consequently named a single malt after the chestnut colt.  Like Connemara, it is maintained by Kilbeggan who are still using stocks of single malt from Cooley distillery - though, perhaps, the juice in the bottle is now from the distillery which commenced distillation in 2010 after being shut down since 1954. Perhaps it's a mix of Kilbeggan and Cooley now, but I'm not sure. Regardless, to the whiskey!

Review (2018)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L17123 09/11/17

  • Bottling Date: 2017

Dried fruit, cooked wine, dried fruit salsa, white pepper, brazil nuts, peach, hay, dried citrus peel – much more robust than the Bushmills malt to the north. Light earthiness on the nose – it is quite nice. The palate is full of barley, with a really nice earthiness from the barley. Dried fruits are throughout, and it is capped off with a light flourish of rancio. Banana, pear, and grapeseed oil on the palate too. The finish is lightly sweet and earthy, and full of nutty malt, alongside light spices, vanilla, green apple, and pizza dough.

Tasted side by side by another well known Irish single malt, Bushmills 10, it is a heavier spirit with a broader set of flavours, but it is also less mature.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, at $46.