A wonderful Irish blended whisky, which features mostly grain whiskey and a little amount of malt. This whisky is distilled at Cooley, which has long been the provider for many of Ireland’s most well known and beloved whiskies. The whiskey is named after a coastal suburb in northern Dublin, most well known as the area in which High King Brian Boru defeated the Vikings in 1014 (the date that appears on the bottle’s label). That said, Cooley distillery is found far to the north of here, at Cooley Peninsula in County Louth. The whiskey is triple distilled for a purer spirit, and aged in ex-bourbon barrels, which impart delicious vanilla notes. This is a cracking Irish dram, with all the classic flavours one would associate with this style: rich butterscotch and caramel, slight grassiness and a refreshing zingy grain.