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Whisky Reviews for Cooley 1992 CA
16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.28 points
- According to Irish laws you can not name a whiskey Irish whiskey if it is not fully matured in Ireland. This cask was matured for 11 years in Ireland and after that moved to Scotland. Hence the age: 11 year old. But the whiskey inside is 27 year old.
You probably noticed: this whiskey was distilled in 1992 and bottled in May 2019, so it should be 27 years old. Yet the label says 11 Year Old. How? Well, Irish whiskey can only be termed such if it actually matured in Ireland, but this cask was already moved to Scotland in 2003 and matured a further 16 years. Weird but there you have it. And Cadenhead does not mind the controversy.
The nose makes is clear that this is a Connemara in disguise. The peat is recognizable, although instead of smoke, I get mostly farmy notes. Then lots of sweetness in the guise of dried fruit. Think pineapple, peach, mango and lime. Oh, this is good!
Good body and immediately mouth coating. You can almost chew this baby. Lots of yellow and dried fruit, but also pebbles and gyproc. I am reminded of Springbank, in fact. Melon, pineapple, mango and lots of peat. Lovely development of smoke. It becomes quite spicy and warms the mouth. Wonderful!
The finish is nicely long, almost piquant, with a great balance between smoke and fruit.
Excellent Cooley that flirts with tropical notes – because of the long maturation, no doubt – but still smoky enough to excite.
- (Tasted blind)
NOSE: Sweet, dark engine oil, old leather, camphor. (90-91p)
TASTE: The arrival is sweet, "dark" . Strong but not unpleasant green herbal astringency on the mid palate, with eucalyptus, mint etc. (89-90p)
EXIT: Minty, herbal, astringent, refreshing (88-89p)
SCORE: 89 points.
This has a sibling from a previous release earlier in the year [WB].
N: Dried tropical [green & yellow] fruits, a touch farmy. I guessed it was a Springbank on the back of the low ppm.
T: Sticky chewy mouthfeel on more yellow fruits – from melons [on the nose], to pineapples on the palate. Also, a lovely touch of peat, barley bread, some light meatiness, mash, putty,… super stuff!
F: A little drying with a hint of chilli, but it’s the delicious fruity putty mash base that endures.
C: Very decent indeed, and at £100 for a 26yo/[11yo] Irish whiskey, it looks like a steal.
- Nice nose, strong start, but the finish pulls him down a bit.
Was only available exclusively for the participants of the Masterclass, but he didn't convince me on site that I took a bottle with me here. The impression has now been confirmed for me again. Nothing wrong.
Not a bad whiskey, of course.
Honey-sweet, vanilla, floral, floury sweet apple, like millet milk vanilla, totally pleasant, very slightly hinted at banana, a hint of greasy smoke, the smoke comes through a little more clearly over time, and otherwise really totally vanilla, vanilla cream, almonds, at the very end then some oak
After the first sip more floral, grassy
great, full-bodied, intense, sweet, floral, grassy, sweet apple, prickles on the tongue, slightly tart oak, acid, sweetened grapefruit, even with the second sip no vanilla at the start, which is surprising to me because of the impression in the nose
slightly metallic, relatively quickly gone, here also vanilla, somehow then no smoke in the mouth, maybe very light on the palate
- Fine Cooley, classically matured in a bourbon barrel, it scratches at the 91 points, and the nose would have to bring something more.
Overall, a very good malt, one of the bottlings, which is why you should never underestimate Ireland.
Light smoke, sweet, yellow fruits, gritty fresh, lemon, salt, the alcohol is hardly noticeable, gum, honey, herbs,
Mouth-filling, sweet (!), Strong, smoke, lots of fruit, tropical fruits and citrus fruits
Long, dry, pleasantly smoky, very slight bitterness
- This is a truly outstanding Malt! Fuity, oily, ashy-peaty. Fantastic indeed!