A short time back I was asked by the good folks at Cooley Distillery (currently, the only independent AND Irish owned distillery in operation in Ireland) if I was interested in trying a whisky that was yet to be released and if I’d post my thoughts on it.
My initial thought upon seeing this email from them was, to quote Jeffery “The Dude” Lebowski, “Does the pope shit in the woods!?”
For those who’ve not yet seen The Big Lebowski — go and rent it ASAP!! Or, watch this summation (a word to the wise – there are a few cuss words in this video…):
OK, back to the matter at hand – peated Irish whiskey. So, what’s it like? You’ll see below. I’ve reviewed their standard Peated Cask Strength whiskey here. Let’s see how this differs…
Lemon peel & espresso.
A wee bit of soy sauce.
On the mouth — Peaty yet not a smoke-bomb; earthy yet sweet; wet stones & flint yet grassy.
Wicked mouthfeel – all of these flavors make your mouth water something fierce making the experience a nice creamy one.
In sum – I’m not going to lie — this whisky is not for everyone. However, if you like the more medicinal/peaty/earthy whiskies – this will please you. It’s a powerful whisky for sure – one for the colder season (smart of Cooley Distillery to release it in December).