Our Irish Whiskey sale continues this week and I have picked out a trio of Irish Whiskeys made at the multi award winning Cooley distillery in Dundalk that offer a little something different. These expressions of Irish Whiskey that show the diversity of styles now being produced in Ireland.
Kilbeggan 8 year old, previously known as Greenore, is a single grain whiskey distilled in column stills using with white corn and then aged exclusively in ex Kentucky Bourbon barrels. This produces a very approachable whiskey that is smooth and light bodied with tropical flavours and a touch of spicing from the oak. Well deserving of its Gold medal at the International Wine and Spirits Competition.
On the other end of the flavour spectrum is the Connemara Peated Single Malt. This is a revival of a style that had disappeared in Ireland in the 20th century. This is a full bodied and rich malty whiskey with pungent peat smokiness. Not to be confused with the smoky whisky of our Scottish neighbours this has a definite Irish accent underneath the peat with soft honey and golden pear notes. Easy to see why it has won awards the world over.
To round up I would recommend the Tyrconnell Port Cask. This single malt whiskey is double distilled resulting in an upfront and rich flavour profile. It is then matured for 10 years, first aged in American Bourbon barrel for nine years then finished in port cask which lends a complex sweet dried fruit character. Add a drop of water to really release the fruit notes.