In the Northwest of Ireland lies an ancient Gaelic kingdom called Tyrconnell when translated from Gaelic means “The Land of O’Donnell”. The O’Donnell’s were one of the most powerful Gaelic noble families right up to colonisation and reined the ancient kingdom, which is now County Donegal, until 1701. The territory is famous for its distilling tradition. One of the oldest distilleries in the region established in 1762 and reputed to be the first distillery in the world to install a patent still was Andrew A. Watt Distillery. The Watt’s flagship brand was the world famous “The Tyrconnell” Pure Pot Still Single Malt Irish Whiskey. The Watts distillery dates back to 1762 and had a proud tradition of producing good whiskies. Tyrconnell was their flagship brand which was a best seller in the United States before Prohibition and is named after a very successful racehorse owned by the Watt family. This historic whiskey brand has been kept alive by Cooley Distillery the only independent distillery in Ireland who has maintained Tyrconnell reputation as shown by its recent Gold Medal win at the 2004 International Wine & Spirits Competition. The Tyrconnell has been embraced by whiskey lovers around the world (including the US again) and is the fastest growing Irish Single Malt.
Bright gold with a pale straw hue. Immediately in the sherry mould yielding up pure and rich dried fruit notes accompanied by vanilla, bounty bar and hints of cinnamon. The palate offers more of the same with a medium dry flavour wave of vanilla, juicy dried fruits and a forgivable trace of sulphur. Turns to ginger biscuit and spice towards the finish which is vibrant and clean. A delightful sherry infusion that leaves the whisky shining through.