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Cooley

The Cooley Distillery was established by John Teeling who, after studying in America, concluded that there was a solid market for a new Irish Whiskey brand. (That and he realised that the scrap value alone of the distillery he was about to buy made the purchase worthwhile.) Teeling acquired the Ceimici Teo Distillery in 1987. He renamed the Dundalk-based distillery Cooley. Cooley was the first whiskey distillery to be founded in Ireland for over a century and it was not long before the owners began to acquire famous brands and distilleries that had been mothballed. Tyrconnell and Kilbeggan were amongst the number. The Kilbeggan distillery itself was reopened in 2007 and is run in conjunction with Cooley and proffers the company’s storage facilities. During the 1990s, the Cooley distillery launched Connemara, Ireland’s only peated whisky.

In 2011 Beam Inc. purchased Cooley and have since concentrated on the core range, with a special interest in the Kilbeggan blend. At the end of 2013, Suntory then bought beam for the princel sum of $16 billion! The Teelings, meanwhile, have started a new venture, Teeling Whiskey Company. They plan to return whiskey distilling to Dublin.

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About Cooley Whiskey Distillery

Distillery Number

+353 (0)42 9376102

Distillery Founded

1987

Distillery Capacity

3 250 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

Cooley Distillery plc

Distillery Address

Riverstown, Cooley, Co. Louth

Distillery Website

www.cooleywhiskey.com

1987

John Teeling purchases Ceimici Teo Distillery in Dundalk. Previously it has produced spirits in column stills (e. g. vodka) and is now renamed Cooley Distillery.

1988

Willie McCarter acquires part of A. A. Watt Distillery and the brand Tyrconnell and merges with Teeling. Teeling simultaneously buys decommissioned Locke’s Kilbeggan Distillery which will be used for storage of whiskey from Cooley.

1989

A pair of pot stills is installed for production of both malt and grain whiskey.

1992

Locke’s Single Malt, without age statement, is launched as the first single malt from the distillery. Cooley encounters financial troubles and Pernod Ricard, via Irish Distillers, offers to purchase the company for £24.5 million.

1994

The Competition Authority establishes that Irish Distillers cannot acquire Cooley as they then would be dominating the Irish whiskey market.

1995

Finances improve and production resumes.

1996

Connemara is launched.

2000

Locke’s 8 year old single malt is launched.

2003

The Connemara 12 year old is launched.

2006

Five Connemara Single Casks from 1992 are released.

2007

Kilbeggan distillery is reopened.

Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde

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