Information about The Tyrconnell 10 Year Old Single Malt Whiskey with Port Cask Finish
The Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey is made using the finest Irish barley, which is steeped in pure spring water and allowed to germinate. Unlike many Scottish distilleries, Cooley Distillery does not use any smoke during the malting process, resulting in a cleaner taste of malt and barley. After the barley is malted and mashed, yeast is added to the wort in order to begin fermentation. The wash is then distilled through the distillery’s copper pot stills; the stills’ small size and long necks result in more contact between the whiskey and copper and ultimately produce a more refined and layered spirit. Following distillation, the whiskey is matured for a decade in seasoned oak casks, which are stored in a 200-year-old granite warehouse. The seasoned casks impart notes of vanilla and caramel to the whiskey and add a hint of cinnamon.
The Tyrconnell Single Malt Port Cask Finish Whiskey is double barreled, or finished, in used port casks after its slumber in the oak, where it sleeps for an additional six to eight months. The whiskey gains richness from the port barrels, which also give it notes of cherries, stone fruits, and dark chocolate. In 2011, the Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey Port Cask Finish won the Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and received 92 points from Whisky Advocate.