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07 Jan 2010

Tyrconnell Ambassador’s Choice

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in * Ireland

Irish distillery Cooley has different brands: the peated Connemara of course, Locke’s, the Greenore grain whiskey and this unpeated Tyrconnell pure pot still whiskey. Tyrconnell was named after a very successful racing horse owned by the Watt family who founded the distillery.

Tyrconnell Ambassador choiceLike most Tyrconnell single casks at the moment, this release is 16 years old. It was bottled exclusively for Belgium, at cask strength.


Tyrconnell 1992 Ambassador’s Choice
(51%, OB 2009 for Belgium)

Nose: very fruity barley. Hints of apple pie and lemon sweets. Lively and juicy with tiny notes of freshly cut grass and mint. Apricots. Spicy undertones (cinnamon, lots of vanilla). Floral notes as well. Mouth: big, fresh maltiness with some lightly toasted accents which gives it more weight. Sweet and honeyed with banana. Interesting notes of hay and green tea. Finish: medium length, with some oak and hints of prunes.

Clean, firm and summery with a lovely nose. Around € 80 which is a heavy price for a faultless but still relatively simple Tyrconnell.

Score: 84/100

Tyrconnell Ambassador’s Choice 3 Ruben Luyten 2010-01-07
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  • John Hansell

    Did you mean “Single Malt”, not “Pure Pot Still”?

    I would love to try this one. Too bad we’ll never see it here in the U.S.

  • Ruben

    Thanks for stopping by, John. It’s a pure pot still single malt, as Tyrconnell describes it on their website. So both malted and unmalted grains are used and distilled (as a mixed batch) in a pot still.

  • Mick

    Sadly, Cooley’s use of the term “pot still” is not in accordance with the historic usage. Tyrconnell is a single malt (malted barley only) and not a classic “pot still” made with the mix of malted and unmalted barley.

  • Ruben

    Well they call it “pure pot still single malt whiskey”. In theory “pot still” is just a name for the form of the still, not for the composition of the mash (although of course it’s true that pot still whiskey such as Redbreast are made of malted and unmalted barley)



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