04 Sep 2012
Cooley 1999 (Thosop)
Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in * Ireland
And now the Irish dram by Thosop: Cooley 1999. It’s a Connemara style of dram, so expect some peat in there.
(53,3%, Thosop 2012, 179 btl.)
Nose: nice Brora-esk nose with medium peat and quite a lot of candle wax. Not unlike the several casks bottled by Cadenhead. Gorgeous farmy notes too: a little wet wool and a goat stable with not so fresh hay. Quite some sweetness to balance it out. There’s pink grapefruit, tangerine and melon. Settles on mint and eucalyptus. A very enjoyable mix. Mouth: tobacco notes, herbs, cardamom, soft smoke, oak, grapefruit again, ginger… Some salted liquorice in the end. Excellent balance. Finish: medium long, with herbs and tobacco lasting until the end.
Love it. We already knew peated Cooley can be great at a medium age and with medium peat. Around € 80, that’s pretty much a steal.