Dublin Event: Tyrconnell: Past, Present & Future

  • 25 Aug 2011
  • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Brooks Hotel, Drury Street, Dublin 2
  • 40

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The Irish Whiskey Society will be going back to the future at the end of this month with a very special joint tasting. In conjunction with our great friends from Cooley, we'll be comparing Tyrconnell malt whiskey from the past, present and indeed the future.

Tyrconnell is Cooley's flagship brand, a sweet, fruity single malt that takes well to a wine finish and just keeps getting better and better the longer it's matured. It has plenty of fans all over the world, and has rightly won Cooley many awards in the past. But they're not a distillery to rest on their laurels, and Cooley's innovation manager Alex Chasko is the man responsible for developing new and interesting variants on this fine theme.

Together with the Irish Whiskey Society's Zoltan Vari, Alex will be introducing some very special Tyrconnells from the past that are no longer easy to find, as well as reminding us of the sumptuous current range. But what has us most excited is that Alex has promised us a sneak preview of where Tyrconnell is headed in the future. It's every whiskey fan's dream to sample the limited experimental whiskeys that distillers create, and on this occasion, Cooley are throwing back the curtain to reveal some of their extra-special samples of future Tyrconnell whiskey. So if you ever wondered what whiskey will taste like years from now, this is a tasting you won't want to miss.

Whiskeys

Note: At the end of the night we vote for our favourite whiskey. Number of votes and placing are noted at the end.

1. Dún Léire 8yo Single Malt

ABV 40% Age 8
Type Single Malt Finish -
Distillery Cooley Region Ireland
Distilled Bottled
Votes Place
Notes
  • Sainsbury's retail brand.


2. Tyrconnell "5 Star" Single Malt

ABV 40% Age NAS
Type Single Malt Finish -
Distillery Cooley Region Ireland
Distilled Bottled
Votes Place
Notes
  • The second release of standard Tyrconnell.


3. Tyrconnell Single Malt

ABV 40% Age NAS
Type Single Malt Finish -
Distillery Cooley Region Ireland
Distilled Bottled
Votes Place
Notes
  • The current release of stndard Tyrconnell.


4. Tyrconnell Rum Finish

ABV Cask strength Age
Type Single Malt Finish Rum
Distillery Cooley Region Ireland
Distilled Bottled
Votes Place
Notes
  • A distillery experiment, unreleased.
  • 5 or 7 yo whiskey.
  • 7 months in a rum cask (Jamaican white rum).


5. Tyrconnell Madeira / Port / Sherry / Bourbon

ABV Age
Type Single Malt Finish -
Distillery Cooley Region Ireland
Distilled Bottled
Votes Place
Notes
  • A distillery experiment, unreleased.
  • Combination of bourbon-matured malt and sherry, port and madeira-finished malt.


6. Tyrconnell 17.5yo Single Malt

ABV 56.9% Age 17.5
Type Single Malt Finish -
Distillery Cooley Region Ireland
Distilled 5th November 1992 Bottled 5th May 2010
Votes Place
Notes
  • Selected by, and bottled for, Mr Zoltan Vari.


7. Tyrconnell 19yo Single Malt

ABV Age 19
Type Single Malt Finish -
Distillery Cooley Region Ireland
Distilled 1992 Bottled August 2011
Votes Place
Notes
  • Cask sample.


We voted separately on the first 3 whiskeys andthe last 2. Of the first 3, Dún Léire was the clear winner, with 21 votes, followed by the current release of Tyrconnell at 13 votes. In thrid place was the older Tyrconnell release with 3 votes.

Of the final two whiskeys, voting was very evenly split, with 17 votes going to the 17.5yo and 15 to the 19yo.



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