Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead's (CA)
Bottling serie
World Whiskies - Individual Cask
Stated Age
11 years old
Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
49.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Added on
18 feb 2019 3:22 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 350.75

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64 × member ratings

78 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Cooley 1992 CA

18 users have left 18 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.55 points.

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Photo Moderator

    A very interesting mix of an irish fruit bomb with peat - very well balanced and thus very drinkable - very good!
    • Nose
      91 91
      Very fruity, apricots, peaches, tropical fruits too, pineapple, mango, passion fruit, white wine, honey, really just whiffs of peat and smoke, rather more going into greenish fruits - very good anyways
    • Taste
      92 92
      Very very creamy, oily, mellow, good sweetness, now the peat really kicks in - lot of peat and only little smoke, soot, cold ashes, later lots of fruits again - great
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, warm, fruity, more peaty but also still sweet

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  3. Cubey666 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    peaches, bit farmy, apples, straw, quite full of character
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Creamy and austere, yellow fruits with smoke, very interesting

  5. Merl scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  6. jujutoulouse scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Tangy candy, vanilla nose. On the palate, peat arrives, earthy, a little spicy, with harlequin candy in the background

  7. Funtik scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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  8. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Color: White Wine (pretty exceptionally pale for being roughly 27 yo--good sign for a dram like this, I suspect)

    Nose: Oh, I like this! This really is equally forward with the fresh fruit typical of these Irish vintages and some pretty strong peat. Complementing those salient notes are porridge (I won't speculate whether it's Irish steel-cut oatmeal or not), lemon, and some nice, solid malt. Time and water make it a bit more coastal in character.

    Taste: Perfect bottling strength--no nip on the arrival but you don't feel there's any real loss of strength or flavor. You can definitely appreciate that this is a very refill bourbon cask--it's very malty. The peat is coming through as is the fruit. Honestly, not as sure about this as I am the nose, which was quite impressive. Let's try some water. Better, actually. The fruit is pretty nice and the peat is there making things nicely ashy in the background. Good stuff--just give me a bit of water despite the somewhat modest cask strength.

    Finish: The ash is what sticks around.

    Comments: Like a handful of other bottles either currently or once in my collection, my attention was initially brought to this one as a curio. Here, as others have discussed in the comments, you have a wide discrepancy between the age statement and vintage/bottling dates. It's explained, of course, by the Irish appellation rules concerning where the spirit was matured. Still, it's pretty neat to have a contemporary 1992 that's technically 11 yo. Add into that it's a peated Irish fruit bomb (those late-'80s and early-'90s vintages), and it's checking a lot of connoisseur intrigue boxes. Beyond that, though, I think it does something for me that some of the more straightforward Irish fruit bombs don't, namely, it's exciting and a bit more complex. Yes, that complexity is largely driven by adding peat to the mix, but I find it does a great job complementing the more typical Irish single malt profile. As noted above, it swims pretty well, especially when you're tasting it. The only thing holding it back from a 90 for me is the neat palate. Still, quite nice.

  9. OKN scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A really impressive whiskey, another good bottling from Cadenhead's
    • Nose
      90 90
      Very nice and typical Irish with tropical fruits. There is some delicate smoke as well
    • Taste
      91 91
      Very pleasant with lots of fruit and a hint of smoke.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long finish with layers a different flavours. The peat is noticeable at first bud gives way to more fruit and even some nutty notes at the end.

  10. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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    An interesting experience, very good, soft, light, and grassiness can be traced, beyond praise!

  11. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  12. hans1971 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  13. MikerG2k scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  14. Vladimir Ziryanov scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very smooth and tasty in all ingredients. And of course, not the 11-year-old is 100%
    • Nose
      90 90
      On the first wave mint, menthol, eucalyptus, in the second wave citrus tones are clouded with a very subtle hint of smoke, as if the fruit is a little dirty
    • Taste
      90 90
      oily body, roasted seeds, smoke is more sensitive, but again at the shade level, exotic fruits
    • Finish
      89 89
      at the finish, among other things, there is some grassiness and a firestone

  15. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2019] Irish whiskey hugely improved both in quality (of the bottlings) and reputation over the last years - but unfortunately the prices sky-rocketed as well...

    ...because most Irish whiskeys offer a delicate fruity-honey profile, like this one. It is not the most complex one but who needs complexity if both nose and taste are that delicious. I like it!
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is pale gold and the nose offers the typical fruity and honeyed profile most Irish distilleries own. It is not the most complex one but very delicate and nicely balanced with the spicy wooden notes. No off-note that I can find, this is delicious to sniff!
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is fruity-sweet with honeys, waxes, barley sugars and some spices. This is tasty and very quaffable even if it is not very complex. Water releases more aromas in the nose (earthy, chalky) and the nutty flavours of the finish pop up earlier, together with an impression of white chocolate.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The dram arrives a little hot and nicely coating on the palate without distracting moments. The finish is of medium length and adds some tasty nutty flavours. Again, no distracting bitter or drying moments. By the way, I do not find any significant peaty or smokey notes - neither in the nose nor taste...

  16. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasted in the evening (19th dram!)

    Light, peat, pineapple, lime. Fine and sharp even if the fruits are fading a little.
    On the palate, spicy, fresh fruit, peat takes its place quietly.
    I'm not too much fan of peat Irish, but this one has a singular profile, memorable, and who speaks to me!

    Enthusiasm 4/5

    Whiskey # 2059

  17. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  18. johnmarrinan did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Gaiga - You are correct, I think. Look at all Cadenhead's Lammerlaws... they are all 10 years old, no matter when they were bottled. My guess is that they were all brought to Scotland at 10 years old... Apologies if I am wrong about this.

  19. Gaija did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Some insight about the strange stated age on this one.

    It seems that the Irish law has recently changed (or that Cadenhead recently agreed to abide by it) about Irish whiskey maturation. Now, as soon as a cask of Irish whiskey leaves Ireland, it "stops maturing" officially so the stated age is actually the duration of ageing *on Irish soil*. Which doesn't impede the bottler to state the real bottling date, though, so this one's obviously 27yo, rest assured ;)

    Someone correct me if I'm wrong ! :P


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