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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.


Cooley 1999 ThosopCooley 1999
(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.

Score: 90/100

Cooley 1999 (Thosop) 4 Ruben Luyten 2012-09-04
  • Langelund_dk

    12-13 yo whisky at 80 € a steal?
    Well I hope you are right…. :-)

  • WhiskyNotes

    I’ve said this several times before, I don’t really care about the age. This is 90 points in my opinion and it has always been rare to find such a whisky for € 80. I’ve reviewed several examples of mediocre 20-25 year-olds lately, would you rather buy these? You’re right of course that prices of whisky (regardless of its age) are rapidly increasing, which is a sad evolution for us enthusiasts but I’m afraid there’s not much we can about it except trying to find the (younger) beauties.

  • johnm

    The Cadenhead bottlings were fantastic.

  • Guest

    Which CAD Cooleys are we talking about?
    This one? 13-yo @ 56.7% @ 198 bottles?

  • Langelund_dk

    The latest Cad bottlings were priced at 65-72 €
    Cad 13 56,7%
    Cad 13 60,6%
    Cad 14 58,7%
    Cad 15 58,6%
    Cad 16 57,4%
    Johnm – have you tried any of these?

  • WhiskyNotes

    Since 2003, Cadenhead has bottled a 1992 cask at least once a year.

    10YO 59.8%
    10YO 59.3%
    12YO 60.0%
    12YO 59.7%
    13YO 60.6%
    14YO 58.7%
    15YO 58.6%
    16YO 57.4%

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  • Bart

    I’m drinking a second dram of this wonderful bottling. Great great dram! I like your statement… age doesn’t matter, it’s the quality. This has great quality, and it was a steal!

  • Roberto Sikora

    I´ve bought this bottle a few months ago and never opened it until last weekend… this was quite a mistake! Now that it´s open I´m feeling really lucky that I could buy another two bottles of this wonderfull stuff! Thanks to you I´ve bought it once, thanks to the stunning profile I´ve had the last three times in my glas I´ve bought the next two bottles! THANK YOU RUBEN for you´re mention! I´m completely with you -> Quality comes FIRST!

  • WhiskyNotes

    You’re welcome, Roberto, and glad you liked it as well. They’re sold out around here, otherwise I would also buy some extra to hide and rediscover in a few years.

  • Roberto Sikora

    If you want I could give you a link with a shop where you still can find it for 79,- € :-)

  • WhiskyNotes

    If they ship to Belgium: yes please (

  • Roberto Sikora

    Done, I´ve sent you the mail.



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