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Cooley 23-year-old CA

Overall rating
89.19/100
votes
95
Whiskybase ID
WB66005
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
World Whiskies - Individual Cask
Bottled
04.2015
Stated Age
23 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
192
Strength
55.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
27 mar 2015 6:23 pm by ARDBERG
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 457.50

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Whisky Reviews for Cooley 23-year-old CA

25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.19 points

  1. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A Cooley of a beautiful complexity, which will be able to please everyone by its different profiles. It remains very atypical in the fruity world of "Irish".
    • Nose
      A double-sided nose to see multi facets, a beautiful complexity. The first fragrances are clearly on white and exotic fruits. After a few moments the nose is nothing but peat and smoke. There is some shell and that I do not know what mineral. Even later, we find fruits and especially vanilla cream and homemade cake.
    • Taste
      On the palate it seems clearer with a nice mix between oily peat and oily and malty fruits (less fruit than nose anyway). There are notes of caramel, cocoa and vanilla. When to alcohol it is integrated perfectly, not the slightest defect.
    • Finish
      Very nice length on peat oil and the return of exotic fruits. Some saline notes appear as well as spices, coconut and vanilla.

  2. HammerHead scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Clean smoke and peat, vanilla, citrus, peachy, sour apple, a hint of farmyness, herbal and spicy with mint, clove and pepper, also some sawdust.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Light peat, sweet, vanilla and lemon zest, some mild grapefruit, white pepper. Very well balanced.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Quite long: some (tropical) fruit juice, vanilla cream, mild liquorice and pepper, ending on charred wood with a light touch of mint.

  3. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A peated double distilled Irish on age, that’s a first for me. I do have high expectations consolidering the average scores it is getting.
    • Nose
      My goodness this is good! This nose brings you back a few decades in a time where this kind of quality was almost normal. A classic old, musty/dusty nose. I love this style! It’s very well layered giving layers of freshness, tropical fruits and delicate peat smoke. Just lovely! I get apricot, fresh, juicy apple, ripe banana, mild vanilla sticks, wood polish and a mild whiff of clove. Great complexity and without the shadow of a doubt the best Irish whiskey I’ve had!
    • Taste
      On the palate even so great. Gentle, sweet, juicy and full bodied. What a great mouthfeel this gives. A tad dry combined with tropical fruits like melon, dried apricot and those musty sugared banana candies. Again here fantastic age and complexity. This is a real joy and one hell of a start for the weekend!
    • Finish
      A sensational start of the long finish! Silky, incredibly silky peat smoke wraps around ripe tropical fruits and some lighter orchard fruits like ripe pear. A very delicate layer of pine tree freshness. This finish goes on and on. This is the part where you just don’t want to pour another dram and just keep enjoying this. Absolutely stunning, sensational stuff! If you can find it, buy it!

  4. Dede scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Not that it's bad, but I'm disappointed ... It's not what I expect from an Irishman of this age.
    • Nose
      On the nose, it is quite peaty, but instead of the expected basket of exotic fruits, I find lactic notes of pear yogurt, barley sugar, vanilla, and a vaguely farmy side. 'aeration.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, it's a little the same ... The peat, without disappearing, is more discreet than on the nose, otherwise the flavors perceived are quite similar on the nose. There is a good power but the alcohol is well integrated.
    • Finish
      The long finish is marked by peat and earthy notes (gentian).

  5. sagara-kun scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Rough enough for an Irishman of this age. Pity. Because the fruit is there and well integrated.
    • Nose
      Nose with a majority of citrus fruits. Lemon, pomelos, mandarin. Butter biscuit. Flowers, violet. White pepper. Very light pineapple bark.
    • Taste
      In the mouth we have a lot of solvent. Wax, alcohol. We are on lemon, basil, fresh mint, black pepper, green wood, pineapple peel.
    • Finish
      The finish is long on the solvent, lemon yellow, white pepper.

  6. addyhd did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SV;

    Cooley 23 yo 1992/2015 (55%, Cadenhead, Irish) Five stars A brand new Cooley by Cadenhead. Please note that I’ve used the picture of an earlier (very good – WF 90) bottling. Probably a barrel as well. Colour: pale gold. Nose: well, how many times have I already told that story about a friend who was pouring young peated Cooley to punters on the parking place of a famous Islay distillery starting with an A, around twelve years ago, and managed to let everyone believe it was young whiskey from that very Islay distillery? Indeed, you could think this is a slightly lighter and marginally fruitier A***. Especially love this smoky earthiness, these whiffs of lit cigars, the touches of garam masala and the horse saddle notes. With water: more fruits and more rooty notes. A little more barley as well. Mouth (neat): one of the fruitiest ueberpeaters I’ve tried. Shouldn’t work but it does. Smoky pineapples (not hand-grenades) and peppery litchis, then rather various oranges, especially bitter ones. And blood oranges. Really an unusual style, and this baby still roars like a tiger after 23 years. With water: perfect. Peat and fruits work in tandem, almost like… let’s see, say John Coltrane and Duke Ellington? (S., you’re afraid of nothing.) Finish: long, and rather more on fruits rather than peat this time. Strawberry yoghurt. A rather exceptional signature, as fresh as a baby’s… err, mouth. Comments: I absolutely love this style. Balance is deliciously perfect – what a tango! SGP:556 - 91 points.

  7. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Pretty closed, with some unidentified fruits. There is peat, moderately and a lot of malt. The vanilla, intense, emerges little by little. Adding water will not change much. I was waiting for a fruit bomb, I'm pretty disappointed. In the mouth, it's much more interesting! Very soft, fluid and supple as expected from an irish, alcohol is perfectly integrated. The addition of water makes it brighter and more spicy, making you forget that it is still 23 years old! The touch of mouth is really nice! In the end, FINALLY! Exotic fruits, here they are! Who survive, endure in the long final!

    Enthusiasm 3/5

  8. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Best Irish whiskey I've tasted so far. 89/90.
    • Nose
      Apricot, peat smoke, banana, vanilla and a little toffee. With water also strawberry and orange, as well as a touch of new leather. The peat goes to the background then.
    • Taste
      Peat, apricot, banana, apple and caramel. When adding water also some orange and vanilla.
    • Finish
      Peat, vanilla, caramel, pineapple, peach, apple and cocoa.

  9. grmmn87 scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    becomes fun only after adding some water
    • Nose
      Vanilla, muesli with fruits, a hint of campfire smoke 
    • Taste
      Grapefruit (a bitter citrus taste, maybe lemon peel?) and blackberries with vanilla sauce, a hint of salt
    • Finish
      Very fruity and long

  10. Willum scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  11. Rien scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  12. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very surprising whiskey, typical Irish flavors,with an atypical smoky touch. Very pleasant.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Peaty, smoky,but clearly the Irish sweet- and fruitiness. Powder sugar, vanillacake. Green apples. Citrus with a smoky edge.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet, smoky. Pretty some power, pepper. Oranges, oily, thick structure.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Still some power, sweet and fruity and a smoky touch. Pretty long finish.

  13. Sander79 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  14. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  15. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  16. Koning scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Combines fruitiness and a medium peatiness in a great way, a great Irishman!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  17. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Salt-n-Pepa's here.
    Never thought this was an Irish

  18. stefsel111 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  19. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  20. nallacam scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The fruitiness of an Irishman paired with peat, in this case a very successful combination.
    Cooleys from 1991/1992 with over 20 years of maturity are a very safe bank.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  21. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    https://whiskeylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/01/25/twe-show-2019-international-part-1-2/

    This morning’s in-queue offerings begin with a Cooley from the Cavalier.

    C: In a snapshot: more peated than expected. Lovely mouthfeel, lovely whiskey. [Provisionally scores 88]

  22. aphex scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Great balance between peat and fruits and nice pastry notes. Almost like a slightly smoked fruits yoghurt.
    Tasting from december 2016.
    • Nose
      Smoke, seabreeze, citrus, vanilla and some leathery notes.
    • Taste
      Peat and fruits (yellow, exotic). Vanilla cream.
    • Finish
      Long, creamy, fruity.

  23. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, dry grass, caramel dripping butter, vanilla, a little lemon and light smoke, subtle!
    2nd:
    malt, a little soggy wood, intense vanilla, a little cream, back grassy and a little light smoke.

  24. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting.
    • Nose
      Peat, fruity, some wax, vanilla, (cow) stable and hay.
    • Taste
      Fruity syrup of tropical fruits, peaty, citrus, apple and pastry.
    • Finish
      Grape fruits, salty, some ashes and spices. Coconut, liquorice and tobacco.

  25. ARDBERG did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Cadenhead's notes:

    Irish Whiskey (Peated) from Cooley Distillery, Eire 1992 23y/o 55%

    Nose: Clotted cream, custard creams, vanilla custard and very soft sweet smokiness.
    Taste: More smoke than the nose suggests; creamy with raspberry jam, strawberry yoghurt and salted butter.
    Finish: Initially very creamy then a dry ashy smokiness builds along with gooseberries and olive oil.

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