Overall rating
Single Malt
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Hubba-bubba, mango and monstera
Stated Age
25 years old
1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
58.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
27 Jun 2014 11:47 am by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 424.05

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Whisky Reviews for Cooley 1988 SMWS 117.3

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.39 points

  1. Gaija scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    PS : rumour has it that this one's actually a Bushmills ... and rumour has it that this wouldn't be the first mis-stenciled SMWS either ;)

  2. Gaija scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    [Blind tasting] This is schockingly fruity. Most of the time you'd imagine that only very strong flavours like big peat or big sherry can "take you hostage", but this one proves the contrary : its fruitiness is literally intoxicating, very in your face, but the quality is so splendid that you'll gladly let it beat you. Sadly I didn't take plenty of time with this one, but I should have.

    I guessed Irish blind quite rapidly, yet the reveal was still a surprise : I had wanted to taste this famous bottling for a long while ! Reputation well deserved, immense fruitiness. If you're looking for subtlety though, other Irish drams are better picks. Thanks again to tOMoH for letting me taste this !
    • Nose
      [Blind tasting] Veeeeery fruity. Full blown mango and lacquered exotic woods. Maracuja, peach, a slight touch of solvent that's not bugging in this context (high proof). Close to some early 90's Teelings : my guess goes for an Irish.
    • Taste
      Very, very fruity again, massive peach and massive mango, a slight touch of sweet soy sauce (which I've already encountered in other old Irish). Added red fruits upon second sip, mostly raspberry. The fruitiness is really massive and notes can't quite do it justice. The proof is totally tolerable neat at more than 58%, which is great.
    • Finish
      The raspberry continues, with all the rest actually, as well as a typical metallic touch (which is also a trademark of Irish fruit bombs in my experience), close to licking a drop of blood after cutting your finger. The length here is literally endless, it's shocking. Fruit, fruit, fruit. For more than an hour. Rinsing the glass with water four or five times (!) still transforms this very water in a light tropical juice, as if the glass itself had been contaminated. This is black magic.

  3. Allandale scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Very good this one. 
    • Nose
      Sweet fruit: tropical fruit, grapefruit,cherries,pineapple, some spring smells like blossom, rose pedals.
    • Taste
      Mouth tickling: sherbet sweet, monstera, mango fruit, rhubarb and blackcurrant jam. Lovely sweet. Complex. Als found traces of mint, lemon balm apple tart.
    • Finish
      Long and lovely sweet, all kind of sweetness, very fruity. Very nice this Cooley.

  4. FernetBranco scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Issue price: GBP 335.00
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. John Barleycorn did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes

    Colour: Dried papaya

    Flavour: Sweet, fruity & mellow

    Early nose suggestions of balsa models, linseed and elastoplasts turned more tropical (grapefruit, cherry, pineapple, orange blossom, muscovado, crystallised ginger, rose petals, hubba-bubba gum). The palate had an amusing, mouth-tickling effect like tiny leprechauns River-dancing on our tongues; sherbet, Monstera, mango, rhubarb and blackcurrant jam on toast – a sunny, honeyed, Sunday afternoon feel. The reduced nose found traces of mint, lemon balm, apple tart and angelica, but still sweet (toffee, trifle). The palate was sweetly perfumed – sherbet straws, Rainbow drops and black jack chews with hints of peach sorbet and fine leather – tasty and decidedly drinkable.

    Drinking tip: Frivolous and frothy enough for a carnival, party mood – or just a lazy Sunday dram.


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