Cooley Distillery Whiskey Master Class 27th October, 2010 & Press Release of 30th March, 2011 for The Irish Guild of Sommeliers

Connemara Peated Single Malt

Format of the Master Class:

  1. An introduction on the history of Irish whiskey and the historic brands that Cooley have resurrected was presented by John Cashman, Brand Manager, Cooley Distillery PLC.john  cashman
  2. Treatment of the process involved and the factors and influences that shape the different flavours of Irish whiskey was presented by Noel Sweeney, Master Blender, Cooley Distillery PLC. followed by a tasting of whiskies.Cooley Master Distiller, Noel Sweeney - Click for larger image
  3. The following whiskies were tasted: Greenore Single Grain, Kilbeggan, Tyrconnell Single Malt, Connemara Peated Single Malt, Kilbeggan 15 Year Old, Tyrconnell Madeira 10 Year Old, Tyrconnell Sherry 10 Year Old, Tyrconnell Port 10 Year Old, Connemara 12 Year Old and Connemara Cask Strength.
  4. Tasting and Food Pairing – sampling of a selection of whiskies and food
  5. Tasting notes and a presentation pack of whiskies were given to all those in attendance.

Cooley Distillery Achievements:Greenore Single Grain Whiskey

2010 Distillery of the year – Malt Advocate

2010, 2009 & 2008 European Distiller of the year – IWSC – 3 years in a row

2008 World Distiller of the year – IWSC ( www.iwsc.net )

2007 Irish Distiller of the year – Icons of WhiskeyLocke's Irish Whiskey

The two pot stills in the Cooley Distillery - Click for larger size imageThe Cooley Whiskey Distillery in Riverstown Co. Louth Ireland - Click for larger size image

Cooley Distillery is the only independent Irish whiskey distillery. Established in 1987, Cooley takes its name from the location of the distillery, situated at the foothills of the Cooley Mountains, in Co. Louth. In 2010, Cooley reactivated the Old Kilbeggan distillery in Co. Westmeath as a fully functioning distillery. Cooley has been a driver in expanding consumer choices in the Irish whiskey category and in particular has driven the development of Irish Single Malts and Grain whiskies. To learn more about Cooley Distillery visitTyrconnell Single Maltwww.cooleywhiskey.com

Media Release Wednesday 30th March, 2011 Cooley in US Gold Rush Irish distillery collects 12 Gold Medals at San Francisco World Spirits Competition This week Cooley Distillery, Ireland’s only independent whiskey distillery, continued its phenomenal strike rate on the international circuit by claiming 12 gold medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The 11th annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition brought together a panel of 33 judges from across the industry to taste and score a record number of entries, 1,106 products from 61 countries. The judges awarded Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals to the participating brands and special awards to the most outstanding spirit in its class. Cooley won the top award, the coveted Double Gold Medal for its Connemara Cask Strength Peated Single Malt, Tyrconnell 10 Yr Old Madeira Finish Single Malt, Tyrconnell 10 Yr Old Port Finish Single Malt and topped it off with a Double Gold Medal and Best in Class for the Michael Collins 10 Yr Old Single Malt it produces for US importer Sidney Frank. In addition, Cooley collected Gold Medals for its Kilbeggan 15 Yr Old, its Tyrconnell 10 Yr Old Sherry Finish Single Malt and for two further expressions of its Connemara brand. Jack Teeling, Managing Director of Cooley Distillery, commented, “This latest success proves that Cooley is consistently producing some of the finest whiskeys in the world today. These awards will further elevate the profile of Cooley Distillery in the US which is now the largest market for Irish whiskey in the world and continues to grow by double digit figures year on year. In 2010, we doubled our sales of whiskey to the US and our recent awards will help us continue this growth in 2011.” ENDS For Additional Information Jack Teeling, Managing Director, Cooley Distillery Tel: 01 833 2833 E: jack@cooleywhiskey.comCooley Whiskey maturing in the Kilbeggan warehouses - Click for larger image

Additional Information About Cooley Distillery Cooley Distillery is the only independent Irish whiskey distillery. Established in 1987, Cooley takes its name from the location of its distillery, situated at the foothills of the Cooley mountains, in Co. Louth. Cooley has an awarding winning portfolio of Irish whiskeys including Kilbeggan Irish whiskey, Tyrconnell Single Malt, Connemara Peated Single Malt and Greenore Single Grain Irish whiskey. To learn more about Cooley Distillery visit www.cooleywhiskey.com. About San Francisco World Spirits Competition Celebrating its 11th year of awarding spirits excellence, the 2011 Competition was held at the distinguished Hotel Nikko in downtown San Francisco on March 18-20th. A record number of entries, 1106 products from 61 countries, were evaluated by 33 of the finest palates from the spirits industry. The judging panels were comprised of spirits experts from noted restaurants and hotels, well-known spirits journalists from major national media, spirits buyers for large purveyors, and spirits consultants. Judging is based on a blind, consensual procedure ensuring competitive integrity, making this competition one of the most reputable and recognized competition in the spirits industry. Cooley Distillery San Francisco World Spirits Competition award winning whiskeys:  Double Gold Medal & Best in Class, Michael Collins 10 Yr Old Single Malt Double Gold Medal, Connemara Cask Strength Irish Whiskey Double Gold Medal, The Tyrconnell 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey, Madeira Finish Double Gold Medal, The Tyrconnell 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey, Port Finish Gold Medal, The Tyrconnell 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey, Sherry Finish Gold Medal, Connemara Peated Irish Whiskey Gold Medal, Connemara 12 Year Old Irish Whiskey Gold Medal, Kilbeggan 15 Year Old Irish Whiskey Silver Medal, Connemara Turf Mor Irish Whiskey Silver Medal, Greenore 15 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey, Silver Medal, Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey Silver Medal, The Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey, Bronze Medal, Greenore 8 Year Old Single Malt Irish WhiskeyKilbeggan Irish Whiskey

Inish Turk Beg Single Malt

Inish Turk Beg Single Malt

Named after the island of Inish Turk Beg, this deluxe Single Malt whiskey was only launched in 2010 with a limited “Maiden Voyage” bottling of 2,888 bottles.  It is a double distilled Single Malt Irish whiskey, which has been first matured in American bourbon barrels, then finished in port and sherry casks, and very unusually in old poitin casks which had lain empty on Inish Turk Beg Island.  The bottle, shaped to represent the island itself, is hand blown with local sand, and the whiskey was bottled at 44% with rainwater from Inish Turk Beg.  The whiskey has gentle notes of oak and vanilla with plenty of fruitiness and spice – orange peel, ripe apples, lemon curd, ginger snaps – on the palate.

Killer Punch Cocktail

Killer Punch

2 Parts Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey
1 Part Sour Apple Schnapps
2 Parts Cranberry Juice

Shake the Ingredients Well Over Ice

Serve in a Chilled Martini Glass
Garnish with a Slice of Apple

(An impressive Halloween Cocktail)

Count Kilbeggan Cocktail

Count Kilbeggan


1 Part Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey
4 Parts 7Up/Sprite
0.5 Parts Grenadine Syrup

Serve in a Long Glass with Ice

(A good Halloween Cocktail)

Count Kilbeggan


1 Part Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey
4 Parts 7Up/Sprite
0.5 Parts Grenadine Syrup

Serve in a Long Glass with Ice

(A good Halloween Cocktail)

Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey - The worlds best blended Whiskey

18TH JUNE 2010 / THE WORLD’S OLDEST DISTILLERY LAUNCHES A NEW WHISKEY

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Kilbeggan Distillery releases first new whiskey in over 53 Years

For over 200 years, the Kilbeggan Distillery produced some of the finest whiskey in the world. In 1957 the stills ran dry but 50 years later Cooley Distillery, the multi-award winning independent whiskey distiller, breathed new life into the world’s oldest distillery and today, the first new whiskey to be distilled at Kilbeggan in over 53 years was officially unveiled at an intimate gathering at the Kilbeggan Distillery in Co. Westmeath.

The Kilbeggan Distillery Reserve Malt, the latest addition to the Kilbeggan family of fine whiskeys, is produced from the oldest pot still in the world which dates back to 1830. The Kilbeggan Distillery itself was established in 1757 and is the oldest distillery in the world.

Fittingly the local heritage group was in attendance to witness the launch of the new whiskey as they played a key role in ensuring the survival of the distillery during the years it lay dormant. Also in attendance were distillery employees, without whom the world’s oldest still could not have been brought back to life. All gathered at this momentous event received a signed bottle of the first batch

Press Release28thJuly 2011 Cooley Continues IWSC Gold Run Cooley     David Hynes, managing director, Cooley Distillery; IWSC president, Sir Ian Good CBE; and Noel Sweeney, master blender, Cooley Distillery. David Hynes and Noel Sweeney accept the 2009 European Distiller of the Year Award at the International Wine and Spirit Competition Awards Banquet in London.

Distillery claims 8 Gold Medals at 2011 International Wine & Spirits CompetitionCooley Distillery,  the multi-award winning Irish whiskey distiller,  continued its phenomenal success at the International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) by claiming a further 8 IWSC Gold medals in London yesterday.Cooley’s medal haul included a record 4 Gold Medals  for its Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish whiskey range including two Best in Class honours reaffirming its place as the most honoured Irish Single Malt of all time at International Spirits Competitions. Other repeat winners for Cooley at the IWSC included the Lockes 8 Yr Old Single Malt and Tyrconnell 10 Yr Old Madeira Finish Single Malt.  Two recently launched products, the Kilbeggan 18 Yr Old Deluxe Blended Irish whiskey and the Greenore 18 Yr Old Single Grain Irish Whiskey also both claimed Gold medals in their maiden IWSC competition.Jack Teeling, Managing Director of Cooley Distillery, commented,  ““The Irish whiskey industry is in rude health.  There are opportunities in many markets around the world where Irish whiskey exports are benefitting from the industry’s collective success. The International awards we receive each year for the quality of our products will enable us to take advantage of this opportunity.This latest success at the International Wine & Spirits Competition is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our staff. It is a further ringing endorsement on  theInternational stage of the quality and consistency of the whiskey being produced by Cooley”. Founded in 1987, Cooley Distillery has won a total of 40 IWSC Gold medals over the last 5 years.    This  year on year  success has resulted in Cooley Distillery  being named European Distiller of the Year by the IWSC for the last three years running and is shortlisted for the 2011 European Distiller of the Year Award, the results of which will be announced at the 2011 IWSC Competition Banquet that will be held in the Guildhall in London on the 16th November 2011. List of Gold Medals at the 2011 IWSC  Gold Medal & Best in Class, Connemara Peated Single Malt  Gold Medal & Best in Class, Connemara Turf Mór Peated Single Malt Gold Medal & Best in Class, Tyrconnell 10 Year Old Madeira Finish Single Malt Gold Medal & Best in Class, Lockes 8 Yr Old Single Malt Gold Medal, Connemara 18 Year Old Single Cask Peated Single Malt Gold Medal, Connemara 12 Year Old Peated Single Malt Gold Medal, Kilbeggan 18 Year Old Blended Irish whiskey Gold Medal, Greenore 18 Year Old Single Grain Irish whiskeyFor More Information:Jack Teeling +353-1-8332833Managing DirectorAbout the IWSCIWSC medals are awarded on a strict points system by a panel of international judges.  They are the most prestigious honours bestowed to the drinks industry as they are judged solely on the quality of the wine or spirit. The 2011 IWSC Competition Banquet will be held in the Guildhall in London on the 16thNovember 2011 when specific product and producer trophies will be awarded. About Cooley DistilleryCooley Distillery is the only independent Irish whiskey distillery.  Established in 1987, Cooley takes its name from the location of its distillery, situated at  the foothills of the Cooley mountains, in Co. Louth. Cooley has an award winning portfolio of Irish whiskeys including Kilbeggan Irish whiskey, Tyrconnell Single Malt, Connemara Peated Single Malt and Greenore Single Grain Irish whiskey.  To learn more  about Cooley Distillery visit www.cooleywhiskey.com.

John Teeling, chairman of whiskey maker Cooley Distillery, pictured with an old still in the boardroom of his office in Clontarf, Dublin. Illinois-based Beam last week agreed to acquire the distillery for $95 million. Teeling is expected to make about $16.5 million from the sale.

John Teeling, chairman of whiskey maker Cooley Distillery, pictured with an old still in the boardroom of his office in Clontarf, Dublin. Illinois-based Beam last week (December,2012) agreed to acquire the distillery for $95 million. Teeling is expected to make about $16.5 million from the sale.

Andrew O’ Gorman, Updated December,2011.

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