Millars - Special Reserve - Irish Whiskey

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Millars - Special Reserve
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A darker, full bodied, smooth whiskey in the traditional Irish sense.

The Millars Special Reserve Irish Whiskey brand originates from a company in Dublin called Adam Millar & Company.

The brand was first established in 1843 as a premium Irish Whiskey and was successfully marketed until the 1970's. Millars Special Reserve was known throughout Ireland as a classic Dublin sipping whiskey. The traditional method of drinking such a whiskey was to sip it neat and occasionally drink a bottle of Guinness Stout as well.

In 1987, Cooley Distillery, the only independent Irish owned distillery in Ireland acquired the rights to the A. A. Millar brands. However, it wasn't until September 1994 that Cooley formally relaunched Millars Special Reserve Irish Whiskey. The brand reflects the classic atmosphere of the 1920's and 1930's, a time when writers like Joyce, O'Casey and Yates raised the Irish spirit and in so doing contributed to the birth of the Irish nation.

This is a unique blend of the finest grain and malt Irish whiskeys with exceptional character and superior quality. It is double distilled and matured almost entirely in once used oak bourbon casks. The character of the whiskey comes primarily from the quality malt barley specially chosen to give the whiskey a unique smooth after taste.

Millars Special Reserve has been distilled, matured and blended to produce a darker, full bodied, smooth whiskey in the traditional Irish sense. It has been awarded two bronze medals, one at the International Spirits Challenge (May 1996) and the other at the International Wine and Spirits Competition (July 1996).

Nose: Sweet grape on the nose joining forces with the grain to offer a lush sweetness alongside the harder, oakier grains.
Taste: Very malty start followed by a very powerful grain which is fruity. Not a light whiskey at all. Full mouth feel, slight grapeness with good weight sherry in evidence.
Finish: Very favourable bourbon finish feel of a five year old minimum with seven plus.
Serving Suggestions: Neat, on the rocks, or with water to taste. Equally good served with mixers or as an ingredient for Irish Coffee. A sipping whiskey for all occasions.



Category(s):     Irish Whiskey
Group(s):     St Patrick's Day
Producer: Cooley Distillery   -   www.cooleywhiskey.com
ABV:   40%
Brand:   Cooley Distillery
Country of Origin:   Eire
Distillery:   Cooley

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Producer Information

Cooley Distillery is the only independent Irish owned distillery in Ireland, founded in 1987 by John Teeling, a highly respected Irish entrepreneur. It was during his studies at Harvard University in the early 1970's that John Teeling identified the decline of Irish whiskey as an opportunity to reverse this situation.
John Teeling bought the former State owned potato alcohol plant in the Cooley peninsula on Ireland's east coast. This alcohol plant was converted in less than two years into two distilleries - a pot still and a patent still operation. This marked the first rival to Irish Distillers, who up to this point were the sole producer of Irish whiskey in the world. Meanwhile Willie McCarter, who had been in the US as a student at the same time as John Teeling and shared the vision, acquired some of the assets of the old A.A. Watt distillery in Co. Derry. In 1988 Willie McCarter merged his interests with John Teeling.
Another Irish entrepreneur, Paul Power, and Lee Mallagahan, the former owner of Locke's Distillery joined the Cooley board. Cooley soon acquired the brand names of Andrew A. Watt and Co. of Derry, Northern Ireland (established in 1762) and John Locke and Co. of Kilbeggan (established in 1757). The latter has the distinction of being the oldest licensed distillery in the world.
Cooley is a public unlisted company with over 300 shareholders who for the most part have been with Cooley since its foundation.
Ever since Cooley Distillery first entered their whiskies in the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) in 1995, the company has won a number of gold, silver and bronze medals for quality since first entering. This confirms the growing reputation of Cooley Irish whiskey.
However, the ultimate accolade for Cooley was when it was awarded a trophy in 1998 by the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) for outstanding achievement to the spirits industry.
The citation accompanying the award reads: "This award to Cooley is one sign that the quality of Irish whiskey is now truly recognized. From its distillery in County Louth established as recently as 1987, Cooley produces a range of blended and single malt whiskies that have rapidly gained a formidable reputation and impressed the judges to award the Worldwide Achievement title to a distiller for the first time in the competition's history".

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