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The Tyrconnell 16 Year Old

A Great Balancing Act

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@OdysseusUnboundReview by @OdysseusUnbound

30th Aug 2019


  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
  • Overall

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This review is from a sample provided by @Astroke via @Nozinan. The bottle was 1/4 full when the sample was poured. I sampled this from a copita.

From what the internet tells me, The Tyrconnell is produced at the Cooley distillery. I can’t find information on the use (or lack thereof) of E150a, but I believe it is unchill-filtered. Yay! It’s also bottled at a respectable 46% abv. It seems Tyrconnell was a race-horse that won some race against all odds back in the pre-historic age (which is, like, the 1870s right?). I don’t know what that has to do with whiskey, but I guess it’s a good story if you like horse racing.

Tasting Notes

  • Nose (undiluted): baked honeycrisp apples, cinnamon, a bit of honey, almonds, malty with a slightly grassy note
  • Palate (undiluted): rich, mouth-coating, more apples, almonds, vanilla, a touch of lemon zest
  • Finish: medium length, vanilla, coconut, almonds, a touch of oak spices, with honey lingering

With water, enticing apricot and peach aromas appear on the nose. There’s more malt presence and nuttiness on the palate with water added. The texture becomes creamy rather than oily with water. Orange zest replaces honey as the lingering note on the finish. This is beautiful either way. No off notes, no overly dominant cask influence (I believe this is 100% first fill ex-bourbon cask matured), no spirity acetone flavours, respectable abv, and a lovely texture. A most impressive balancing act. Consider me a fan of this Irish beauty.

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cricklewood commented

Awesome review, a good description of this whisky, I was struck by how pleasant and fresh this whisky was. I appreciated how there wasn't any other cask influence at play since we often see Cooley stocks hit with all kinds of finishes.

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