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Locke's 8 Year Old

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Locke's 8 Year Old

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  • Brand: Locke's
  • Bottler: Unknown
  • ABV: 40.0%
  • Age: 8 year old

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Locke's 8 Year Old

Named after one of the previous owners of the Old Kilbeggan Distillery (halfway between Dublin and Galway) this is a single malt and bottled at 40%. Light gold in colour with Citrus fruits, vanilla and honey on the nose, probably best summed up as biscuity. Tasting offered a very distinct almond taste with some sweetness reminiscent of a macaroon biscuit, some maltiness there as well and very smooth on the palate. A medium finish - quite sweet with some saltiness right at the end. Interestingly Locke’s is a combination of peated and unpeated whiskies, but I couldn't really identify any peatiness.

OK but wont set the world on fire.


This whiskey was originally produced at John Locke’s & Sons distillery near Kilbeggan, but is currently put on the market by Cooley’s. This single malt is a pure pot still, a procedure unique to Ireland whiskey.

This one has a typical Irish nose with lots of fruity barley, loads of oak and some citrus grass.

Pretty creamy, this dram fills your mouth with peaches. It’s very fruity and fresh, but leaves the mouth dry.

The finish is disappointingly short, with a hint of peat and slightly peppered.

This bottle can be obtained at retailers for about 30 pounds and is worth every penny. It’s one of the lesser gods from Cooley’s, always in the shadow of Kilbeggan, Tyrconnell and the Connemara series. Something of a silent partner, if you know what I mean.

Well, I was very pleasantly surprised. Having said that though... I do have a soft spot for Irish whiskey. So maybe my scoring is a little influenced. But hey, in the most interesting thread elswhere on this wonderful site, I hear that's absolutely fine LOL :-)

I don't think this is available in the U.s. (If it is, please share where!) I had a drop in Northern Ireland this summer and thought it was quite nice: nothing bad, all good stuff, but somewhat subdued. I would have snatched up a bottle at 30-35 pounds.

I read elsewhere that it's Cooley's lower-peat version of Connemara, or something like that. That sounds about right based on my one taste experience. It also would explain why it's unfamous.

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