If you’re a whisky lover and have spent any time at all on Twitter, you’re bound to have come across one of Steve Rush’s (aka @TheWhiskyWire) Twitter whisky tastings where a bunch of like-minded individuals get together and explore a range of drams provided by a distillery. This time around the whiskey came from the Cooley Distillery situated in the foothills of the Cooley Mountains to the north-east of Dublin. The line-up included Cooley Distillery’s core range of whiskeys: Kilbeggan, The Tyrconnell, Greenore 8 and Connemara.
Having spent 6 months in Ireland many years ago, and full of fond memories of the people and the countryside – especially Connemara and the famed cliffs of Moher – I was really looking forward to trying these drams and recapturing the spirit of Ireland.
Joining us from Cooley’s side were Noel Sweeney (Master Distiller at Cooley Distillery – pictured below) and John Cashman (Global Brand Ambassador for Cooley Distillery). During the tasting I threw a few questions out to the both of them and was very impressed with their transparency when answering – see the questions below.
Without further ado, I present the whiskeys of the evening and impressions from the #CooleyTT participants:
The final question I put to Noel and John was: “Has the Beam purchase affected/likely to affect day-to-day running of operations?” To which Noel replied “Only moving onwards and upwards in every good way for our whiskey!” with John adding in “Nope, and if it does it will be for the better with increased investment/ efficiencies etc.”. I’m very glad to hear that it’s business at usual – hopefully the Cooley Distillery’s independent spirit will remain and prosper.
A big thanks to Steve for putting this online whisky tasting together, and for Noel and John’s participation from the Cooley side. Irish whiskey is experiencing a resurgence and I personally am loving it! Now excuse me, I’m off to spend some more time with my little Irish friends.