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01 May 2013

Cooley 1999 (Whisky Mercenary)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: * Ireland

Two new releases by The Whisky Mercenary will appear in shops around the 9th of May. One of them is a Braeval 1991, the other one this Cooley 1999. Usually something we’re quite fond of.

 

Cooley 1999 - The Whisky Mercenary

Cooley 13 yo 1999
(51,4%, The Whisky Mercenary 2013)

Nose: starts a bit fruitier and less peaty than I remember other sibling releases. Melon, citrus (tangerine), red berries. A hint of marshmallows, typical for Irish whiskies. Slightly more waxy than the others. Less peaty means less farmy in this case. Still some mineral / grassy undertones though. Mouth: medium peat, with plenty of citrus again (lemon, pink grapefruit). A good dose of spices: pepper and ginger, accompanied by salty liquorice. Fades on soft bitter / herbal notes. Finish: long, slightly zesty, with soft peat.

Compared to the official Connemara (peated Cooley) profile, these casks were probably too soft, too elegant if you like. But we love this balance of fruits and mellow peat. Too bad the farmy notes are a little less pronounced in this case. Around € 80.

Score: 89/100

Cooley 1999 (Whisky Mercenary) 4 Ruben Luyten 2013-05-01
  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.geysen Chris Geysen

    can’t wait till next week !!!

  • James

    Do you think this is the Thosop cask diluted slightly?

  • WhiskyNotes

    There has been a whole batch of Cooley 1999 casks. Liquid Sun, Kintra, Anam na h-Alba, Villa Konthor have all bottled one or more over the last few months. It’s possible that some of them were shared and diluted, but I don’t think this was the case for TWM and Thosop.

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