Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Whiskybase.com (WB)
Bottling serie
200.000 bottles in Whiskybase
Stated Age
20 years old
Number of bottles
57.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Members of Whiskybase
Added on
30 aug 2022 10:52 am by Dirk
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 235.00

22 × in wishlist

59 × member ratings

113 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Cooley 2002 WB

13 users have left 13 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.25 points.

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

    Little bit reluctant on the nose, probably because the bottled was just opened, but anyhow, it opens very well on the palate, very fruity, very good mouthfeel, very drinkable and enjoyable, for sure in my target profile - very good!
    • Nose
      90 90
      Citrusy, orange peel, vanilla, honeydew, dry hay, lemony, marzipan, icing sugar, almonds, yellow fruits, peach, banana, pineapple, whiffs of tobacco, cookie dough - pretty good
    • Taste
      92 92
      Oily, creamy, honey, vanilla, good sweetness, citrus fruits, some tropical fruits, mango, passion fruit, pineapple, banana, orange peel, hints of grapefruit, hay, spices, pepper, ginger, marzipan, little herbs, oak wood - very good!
    • Finish
      91 91
      Medium long, warm, fruity, little grapefruity, zesty, spicy, peppery, herbs, some oak wood

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  3. sjoerd972 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Still very good, but it lost a bit of its initial fruitiness.


  4. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Those late 1980s and early 1990s über-fruity Irish single malts may have spoiled me.
    • Nose
      It’s a bit dense at first, with even some hints of burlap and sandalwood, but there’s clearly some fruity DNA in there, which reveals itself even more with a little patience. Vanilla custard, ripe bananas, grape must and stewed apples.
    • Taste
      Creamy mouthfeel. Slightly peppery and maybe even chalky, but again, the fruits are here. I’ve immediately added some water after the first sip, but I’m not sure that was the best idea. Fruits still, yes. Some lemon pith, peaches, lime and icing too. But it also enhances notes of ginger, oak and soft herbal touches.
    • Finish
      Gentle yellow fruits, oak and custard. Medium in length.

  5. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    vanilla, custard, velvety, sweet candied fruit, banana, a toasted return of warm brioche, intense vanilla with a little wood, well-scented almond shell, not bitter
    it heats up, the sweetness leaves; fruits on very sweet Mirabelle plums, mixed, undifferentiated tropical fruits; the shell exudes bitterness, peppery spices also come out suddenly
    the custard comes back with cereal yes, wood chips, a little sawdust
    slight bitterness with dry oak, the one you can smell in a carpentry, in a cooperage near the heater, a little glue and this cream!

  6. SimonOHA scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Too bad because the basket of ripe fruit behind the hot alcohol looked delicious.
    • Nose
      Pleasant and intense nose on a mixture of very ripe tropical fruits. Brioche with caramel and cookies.
    • Taste
      Very intense and aromatic mouth with as many yellow fruits as tropical fruits, very greedy. A nice black pepper finish. Too much alcohol.
    • Finish
      Warm, milky finish with wood that pushes tropical fruits to the fore.

  7. Bart-msb scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  8. Glenirgendwas scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    My sample had too much alcohol to be considered drinkable. With a little water it also loses the last remnant of aromas. Too bad.

  9. jazza scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Quite simple, with an alcohol well integrated. Directly a punch of a kind of rot and mold, then a sort of vanilla cream with some fruits behind.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Hard, alcohol badly integrated and lack complexity and interest
    • Finish
      85 85
      Nothing special, just the rest of the alcohol, spicy and some light fruits and the vanilla

  10. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Vanilla, marzipan, peach, banana, pineapple, mango, cookie dough, white pepper, honey, uber fruity, excellent

  11. whiskytornado scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  12. juju cassoulet scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A very recently bottled whiskey, you may have to wait a bit.
    • Nose
      Banana not ripe enough, cooked apple, it's round. The alcohol is quite present.
    • Taste
      Immediately intense, it revolves around yellow fruits but it's quite hazy. The profile reminds me of the Glenmorangie Astar.
      With a little water the wood stands out even more.
    • Finish
      Milky with lots of wood

  13. WantsWhisky scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  14. kcloo scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Needs water to open up to orchard fruits
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89


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