Whisky Review: Cadenhead 175 Anniversary Single Cask Cooley 1992 Aged 25 Years

Style: Sweet, Grassy and Comlplex

Nose:

Crystallized orange flowers blossoming beautifully on the nose. Small pinch of black pepper, fresh-cut grass and banana gummies building on top of vanilla cupcake. A touch of oily, hay peat smoke mixing with mineral granules. Sweet and complex.

Palate:

Navel oranges leading the way, while banana gummies and vanilla cream tagging along gleefully. Sweet Concorde pears converges, chewy digestive biscuits, green grass lightly torched. A gentle kiss of mineralic and almost coastal-like peat. Ends with herbal and earthy tone.

Finish:

Tropical fruits, lime and oranges stepping on burnt, ashy leaves. Relaxed macadamia nuts.

Thoughts:

Pretty sure this is the oldest Cooley I have ever tried, and quite a beautiful dram we have here – Orange confectionery-driven sweetness delivered at a great weight and depth, bright grassy notes enhanced by the subtle peat. Good balance, maybe slightly on the technical side which takes me longer to get to it, nonetheless it is still a very rewarding experience.

☆ [Recommended]

[51.3% / Independent Bottling / 1992 Distilled / 2017 Bottled / Single Cask / Cask Strength / Matured in a Bourbon Barrel / 174 Bottles / *]

-Esmond