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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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Kilbeggan is named after St Bécán, one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland who founded a monastery in the area in the 6th century. Smooth and malty.  More info
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Locke's 8 Year Old
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An 8 year old single malt whiskey from the Cooley distillery.  More info
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Connemara Peated
(70cl, 40%)
Connemara produce a peated Irish single malt, named for the area in Ireland.  More info
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$46.92
Greenore 8 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
An 8 year old single grain whiskey from Ireland! This won Gold (Best in Class) three years running at the International Wine and Spirits Competition between 2008 and 2010. Greenore is distilled at the...  More info
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$49.78
A single malt Irish whiskey from the Cooley distillery, Tyrconnell is incredibly creamy and smooth.  More info
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$43.41
This is a heavily peated and cask strength Connemara from the Cooley distiller. It is peated to over 50ppm and is big, punchy dram.  More info
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$104.18
A gift pack containing a full bottle of Peated Malt from Connemara, and a couple of smart looking whisky glasses.  More info
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Tyrconnell Gift Pack
(15cl, 40%)
A miniature pack from Tyrconnell. Some great single malts - there's the standard Tyrconnell, and the delightful sherry and port finishes. It even comes with a branded tasting glass!  More info
A very quaint little miniature gift pack, look - they've made it look like a little distillery! This includes the standard peated Connemara, the 12 year old and the cask strength. It even comes with a...  More info
The Cooley Collection
(20cl, 40%)
A great little miniature pack from Cooley - which shows off how great Cooley's whiskeys are. There's the single grain Greenore 8, the blend Kilbeggan and Connemara and Tyrconnell - respectively peated...  More info
Greenore 15 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
This is the longest aged Irish single grain ever released. Greenore 15 is a limited edition, with a light, gentle sweetness.  More info
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Locke's Blend
(70cl, 40%)
A blended Irish whiskey that was first made at the Locke's Distillery in Kilbeggan. This whiskey is twice distilled and it has a sweet, malty taste.  More info
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$38.69
Inishowen
(70cl, 40%)
A peaty blended Irish whiskey from Cooley, Inishowen offers a zesty, rich, smoky flavour. Highly commended by critics, including Jim Murray who gave a previous batch 93 points.  More info
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$35.64
A 10 year old Irish whiskey finished in a Madeira cask. Jim Murray rated a previous edition with 95 points, Whisky Magazine gave it a "Recommended". This is a juicy, fruity Tyrconnell.  More info
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Connemara is a peated Irish single malt. This particular expression was finished in sherry casks, lovely character!  More info
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A peated single malt whisky from Ireland. Winner of numerous international plaudits - this truly is a great effort from distillers, Cooley.  More info
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$97.08
A 10 year old from the Cooley distillery and an Irish single malt, finished in sherry casks, this is a limited edition Tyrconnell.  More info
Aged in American oak before being finished in Port wood, this Tyrconnell offers a great balance, with lots of jammy thickness.  More info
$79.58
A 14 year old single malt from the Cooley distillery, this Tyrconnell is a balanced, nutty whiskey.  More info
A 15 year old Tyrconnell, this Irish single malt is produced at the Cooley distillery and matured in American oak.  More info
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$87.22
A rarer single cask bottling of Connemara. This is a 13 year old peated Irish whiskey, distilled at Cooley.  More info
$80.83
Kilbeggan 15 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
A 15 year old Kilbeggan, produced at the Cooley distillery and a Gold Medal winner at the 2008 International Wine and Spirits fair.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (3.5/5)
$95.65
A powerful, high-proof cask strength Connemara. This is a peated Irish whiskey distilled at Cooley.  More info
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$70.02
Millar's originated in Dublin, originally made by a company called Adam Millar and Co, today it is produced at the Cooley distillery.  More info
$38.15
A single malt Irish whiskey from the Cooley distillery, Tyrconnell is incredibly creamy and smooth.  More info
$48.57
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