Overall rating
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
World Whiskies - Individual Cask
Stated Age
23 years old
Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
55.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
27 Mar 2015 6:23 pm by ARDBERG
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 240.00

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Whisky Reviews for Cooley 23-year-old CA

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.54 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. sagara-kun scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    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.

  3. addyhd did not rate this whisky Connoisseur


    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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. nallacam scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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

  8. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur


    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]

  9. 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.

  10. wisekycourse scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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


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