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26 Feb 2014

Irish single malt 1988 (Whisky Agency)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: * Ireland

I can’t remember other Irish whiskey from The Whisky Agency, but now they have two at the same time. It’s a single malt so either produced at Bushmills or Cooley. This one was distilled in 1988, the year Cooley started distilling, but that doesn’t tell us anything. Update: according to the Teeling brothers, Cooley distilled it first malt in 1989. Bushmills it is?

 

Irish single malt 1988 | The Whisky AgencyIrish single malt 25 yo 1988
(51,1%, The Whisky Agency ‘Old Times Diving’ 2013, 212 btl.)

Nose: all the yellow fruits you can expect from Irish whiskey. Especially Maracuja sherbet. Also pink grapefruit (BenRiach 1976’s style), white apricots and hints of Charentais melon. Orange blossom. Bags of gummy bears. Very fresh, with a definite acidity, although there’s a warmer vanilla theme in the background. Soft notes of herbal honey. Mouth: sweet, still lots and lots of this passion fruit sherbet, simply lovely. There’s some oak and liquorice, as well as fresh herbs, but they don’t stand a chance, the tropical fruitiness is ten times bigger. Bananas, mandarins and a little coconut. Triple Sec. Truly a fruit bomb. Hints of cinnamon and mint. Finish: long, still sweet, slightly nuttier and more chocolaty now.

Just excellent Irish whiskey, it turns the fruity volume up to 11 but it wouldn’t be a Whisky Agency release if it didn’t show complexity as well. It doesn’t matter, but this time my guess would be Bushmills. Highly recommended, even at € 200.

Score: 92/100

Irish single malt 1988 (Whisky Agency) 4.5 Ruben Luyten 2014-02-26
  • Teun

    tried it yesterday. Love it! Did remind me a bit at first of the excellent Limerick Adelphi bottling 1988-2012.

  • WhiskyNotes

    Yes that’s quite similar indeed.

  • Teun

    but I was led to believe that one was actually a Cooley.

  • JohnM

    The Adelphi is a Bushmills. It was distilled before the Cooley distillery started producing. Cooley didn’t distill its first whiskey until Easter Sunday 1989, I believe.

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