Connemara is a wild, mountainous region on the west coast of Ireland, lying between the Atlantic Ocean and Loughs Corrib and Mask. The peat bogs of Connemara are major fuel sources to the region and have played an important role throughout Irish history as an energy source and in the production of whiskey. However, as many of the distilleries in Ireland were located alongside a canal, the transport and use of coal in distilleries became more efficient than peat. This temporarily killed the tradition of drying malted barley over peat fires in the production of whiskey. Managing Director of Cooley Distillery, David Hynes and chairman John Teeling have resurrected this traditional Cooley’s award winning grain whiskey. One of the few Irish whiskeys available in this style.
Grain whiskey is made from maize which Cooley distillery sources in France, which produces a very smooth and sweet flavour. Matured in first fill ex-bourbon barrels and released in small batches. This whiskey gives you a new found respect for grain whiskey!
Of all the Cooleys whiskeys, I think Greenore is the best for use with mixers or in cocktails due to its very smooth, light, sweet flavours with hints of vanilla.
Distillery Tasting Note
Nose: Soft, sweet corn, delicious hints of bourbon.
Taste: Rich, soft oils, melt-in-the-mouth grain and just a hint of barley for good measure.
Finish: Crisps up as the oak returns.
- Style: Spirit
- Origin: Ireland
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