Tyrconnell 16 Year Old Oloroso & Moscatel Finish Tasting Notes

November 26, 2021

Tyrconnell 16 Year Old 

Cooley Distillery

Single Malt



Tasting note compiled by Mark McLaughlin (@mark_rye)



The Tyrconnell brand originated in the A. Watt Distillery in Derry City, Co. Derry in the late 1800’s. Named after a famous horse owned by the shareholders that came in at 100/1 in the National Produce Stakes. The Tyrconnell range were re-introduced by John Teeling during his tenure at the Cooley distillery, Co. Louth in the early 1990’s as a range of Double-distilled Single Malt whiskeys.

Initially matured in ex-bourbon casks for 16 years, creating the distinct Tyrconnell backbone, it was then finished in wine casks from Andalucía in Spain. These wine casks are unique in that they were first seasoned with oloroso sherry before being used again to mature Moscatel sweet wine before finally finishing this whiskey.

The winning horse was a Chestnut Colt, so I think it would only make sense that there would be a Chestnut finish in the future.


Rich amber, almost copper toned, it’s quite viscous, it looks very inviting.


Nose (Aromas)

Immediately you can tell the whiskey has body, luscious peaches are pronounced with distinct honey sweetness, it’s big but not aggressive. There’s sugary apples, a touch of candied citrus and light chocolate notes, the spice character is refined.


Palate & Finish 

Bursting with fruits and spice, it’s got candied apples, sugar coated citrus and apricots with crushed nuts. The texture given by the distillate and abv make this a mouthful of flavour, there’s orange chocolate, marzipan and rounding spicy leather notes.



Tyrconnell has been a brand which has sat just about on the radar for most Irish Whiskey fans for years, the 10 year Madeira finish has a cult following since winning Overall Best Irish Whiskey at the first ever Irish Whiskey Awards. All I think is necessary to say about this one is, if you’re a fan of full-bodied, textural malt whiskey of any kind, this one should not disappoint, it’s a gem.

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