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The West Cork distillery started as a pet project by John O’ Connell, Denis McCarthy and Ger McCarthy in 2003 in Union Hall, West Cork. In 2013 after much expansion WCD moved to a larger distillery in Skibbereen, West Cork where it now resides. It now operates as only one of two independent distilleries in Ireland. They actually have their own ten year old single malt whisky (currently married with whisky from another distillery) that somehow, someway costs about the same as a bottle of ten year old Bushmills, despite the fact that they're an independent... Read More »
The West Cork distillery started as a pet project by John O’ Connell, Denis McCarthy and Ger McCarthy in 2003 in Union Hall, West Cork. In 2013 after much expansion WCD moved to a larger distillery in Skibbereen, West Cork where it now resides. It now operates as only one of two independent distilleries in Ireland. That means they actually make their own whisky that somehow, someway costs about the same as a bottle of 10-year-old Bushmills, despite the fact that they're an independent distillery with heaven knows how much debt and overhead to account for... Read More »
The elusive Green Spot Whiskey is finally here. This legendary whiskey is partly responsible for the resurgence in popularity of pure pot still whiskey, the traditional Irish method of whiskey production. Green Spot began as the house brand for a Dublin wine merchant Mitchell & Sons. After consolidation of the Irish Whiskey market, Mitchell & Sons negotiated an agreement to be provided a small quantity of whiskey to support the brand. The current blend consists of 8-9 year old whiskey of which 25% is aged in sherry casks. Fewer than 1,000 cases are produ... Read More »
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This aged spirit shows Irish whiskey’s dark side. It retains the enticing fresh-fruit aroma of younger bottlings, plus a luscious layer of butterscotch. On the palate, it’s oaky and drying, with complex notes of toffee, dark chocolate, toasted nuts, caramel and a spicy finish. The whiskey is aged for a minimum of 19 years in former oloroso Sherry and Bourbon barrels, then transferred to Madeira casks for the final two years of maturation. Treat it like Scotch: add just a splash of water to open up the flavors." (3/2014) K&L Notes: The most highly awarded and critical... Read More »
95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This robust single-malt whiskey is matured in Sherry and Bourbon casks. Look for a balanced mix of creamy caramel, maple, dried apricots, a subtle raspberry jam note and a rounded, spicy finish." (3/2014)
96 points Whisky Advocate: "*Irish Whiskey of the Year, 2007* Very elegant, complex, and stylish. Honeyed and silky in texture, with toffee, toasted marshmallow, nougat, maple syrup, banana bread, and a hint of toasted coconut. Bright fruit and golden raisin blend in nicely with the layers of sweetness. Impeccable balance and very approachable. Classic Irish whiskey! (Value Pick)"93 points Wine Enthusiast: "From county Cork comes this bartender favorite. Look for a vibrant golden color and enticing honeysuckle and buttery brioche aroma. This whiskey feels soft and sets the mouth watering with lightly smoky not ...Read More »
94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Like a liquid (if boozy) apple pie, this blended whiskey offers bold, rich aromatics, with lots of dried and stewed fruit flavors and butterscotch. The drawn-out finish incorporates touches of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and even a mouthwatering sprinkle of salt." (3/2014) K&L Notes: A fantastic expression of Jameson using older whiskies and a higher percentage of pot-distilled spirit finished in recharred Bourbon casks. It has the suppleness and the ease you love of Midleton whiskey, but with an extra bolster of richness on the back end. I like this more than Redbrea... Read More »
96 points Whisky Advocate: "*Best Irish Whiskey of the Year!* Irish Distillers has already released two 90+ pot still whiskeys this year, but this is the knockout blow, an immense take on the wonderful Redbreast. The nose gives little away, all damp autumn leaves and fermenting forest fruit, but on the palate it's a fireworks display, a colorful mix of apple and pear, berries, vine fruits, chocolate liqueur, and oily pureed fruit. It's coming to the States soon, and rumor has it there's more to follow. But this will do. I can't think if I've ever tasted a better Irish whiskey. (Vo ...Read More »
Knappogue Castle is a third party label that bottles sourced and purchased whiskies from Ireland's main whiskey distilleries. This particular 12 year old cask comes from Cooley distillery, the unloved stepchild to big brothers Midleton and Bushmills. Now that Beam/Suntory has taken over the reins at Cooley, getting our hands on single barrels of Irish whiskey has become much more difficult, so we jumped on this baby while we had the chance. This is just a delicious and classically-flavored Irish whiskey through and through. Soft vanilla immediately awake... Read More »
Make way. The nose is dense, oily, and mesmeric. There’s vanilla, sure, but it’s the intense aroma of vanilla pods split and scraped at knifepoint. Woven around it, there’s crème caramel and heavier cinnamon flaring at the margins, softening with dilution, but remaining sweet. The first Midleton to carry master distiller Brian Nation’s name is purposeful and assured, lacking some of the sappiness of the 2013 release. This is less about succession, more an emphatic statement of intent.-Jonny McCormick, Whisky Advocate
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Though it’s a workhorse whiskey, it’s still full of surprises. The sweet, bright aromas of honey, vanilla and pear and the velvety feel belie the rich, bold salted-butterscotch umami on the palate." (3/2014) K&L Notes: Bushmills 10 year old is produced from 100% triple distilled malted barley that's matured for a minimum of 10 years in mostly American oak casks. Rounded and honeyed with hints of milk chocolate and a rich, smooth, warming character that's a Bushmills' signature.
92 points Whisky Advocate: "Redbreast 12 year old is a classic pure pot still Irish whiskey; where can you go from there? This new 15 year old expression is more muscular (bottling at 46% and not chill filtering certainly helps), but there are trade-offs. It’s a bit closed on the nose (like a great Bordeaux wine that’s too young). I do enjoy the silky/oily texture, the bold resinous oak spice grip on the finish, and the rich nutty toffee, fig, black raspberry, chocolaty, chewy nougat throughout the palate. Still, it’s not as eminently drinkable, refined, or balanced as the 12 year ...Read More »
The Teeling Family has been in whiskey for centuries. In 1782, Walter Teeling opened the family's first distillery in Dublin and over two hundred years later John Teeling opened the Cooley Distillery in County Louth. After selling his beloved distillery to spirits giant Beam Inc., Mr. Teeling wasted no time before jumping back on the whiskey train. This time at the helm is Jack Teeling, John's son. The result is this lovely, innovative new whiskey. Clearly, the Teelings' have access like no one else and thank god because he's now cranking out this wonde... Read More »
96 points Wine Enthusiast: "This elegant, super-soft sipper is a blend of grain whiskey and malt whiskey that was finished in oloroso Sherry casks—the emphasis on the latter. The Sherry influence shows in the baked apple and dried apricot flavors that round into caramel and butterscotch tones on the finish." (3/2014) K&L Notes: This is considered the classic malty Irish blend. It is matured in carefully selected Oloroso sherry casks. It is blended with elegant grain whiskey and can be aged up to 11 years. One of Ireland's greatest whiskeys. For shipping orders these ship as a bottle only, no ... Read More »
94 points Whisky Advocate: "Wow! Could this be the greatest comeback since Rocky climbed back in the ring and showed the young upstarts who was the boss? It's taken Irish Distillers a long time to respond to the pounding it's taken from Cooley but it's back in the ring with two wonderful pot still whiskeys. This is the better of the two, a whopping oily, woody package of classic pot still Irishness. The green fruits tumble over tannin and spice like frisky puppies. (Vol. 20, #3)" K&L Notes: This is now the third single pot still whiskey in the U.S. from Midleton, following the Redbreast portfol... Read More »
90-95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Nice aromas of roasted nuts, nougat, light toffee, candy bar, mild oak and brown sugar. Entry is satiny smooth, honeyed and near lush in texture; the midpalate point brings in spicy notes, in particular, black pepper and clove. The malt component takes charge in the finish, bringing a keen graininess." (12/2008) K&L Notes: One of the best Irish Whiskies in the store! Pot still whiskey is different than single malt in that the former uses both malted and unmalted barley, while the latter uses just malted. This produces a heavier, more flavorful whiskey. This wonderful... Read More »
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90 points Whisky Advocate: "One of Cooley’s finest efforts. Moderate doses of kiln smoke, dried turf, and kippers, tamed by vanilla cream, barley, and a buttery, olive oil texture. Subtle spices dance on the palate. Lingering smoky, white pepper finish. Islay meets Ireland." K&L Notes: Then this small distillery opened up, staunchly independent, and starts doing things unheard of in Ireland. Instead of making traditional Irish whiskey (triple-distilled, non-smoky, and with a pot still whiskey component), they started making very scotch-like whiskey (double distilled, single malt, and sometimes ... Read More »
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Mosswood is a new line of re-casked MGP whiskies; a project started by Jake Chevedden and Therese Agnew who used to work booze retail in downtown SF. Unlike most non-distiller producers, however, Jake is actually going out and doing something unique with cask maturation. He's reconditioning used barrels with apple brandy, cold brew coffee, and sour ale to make different selections for Mosswood. The Irish whiskey, however, is aged in barrels treated with Amontillado sherry to add a nutty richness to the soft and vanilla-laden spirit from Cooley distillery... Read More »
Ten year old Irish whiskey from Cooley distilllery, half single malt, half grain whisky, aged in both Bourbon and Sherry casks. Think of this as a cheaper, easier-to-get version of Midleton's Green Spot, but every bit as tasty. A great bottle for the price.
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92 points Wine Enthusiast: "One of the most intensely peaty Irish whiskies, this pale-straw specimen is surprisingly smooth despite its cask strength (though most still will want to dilute it a bit). Aggressive smoke aroma, with mild black pepper and green bell pepper notes. On the tongue, look for a flash of sweetness and moderate smokiness through to the elongated finish, finishing with a perky menthol fillip. Should pair nicely with aged cheeses." (3/2012) K&L Notes: Special Order Only! Will take 3-7 business days to receive this product before it can be shipped.
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