The duration of the tour may vary slightly depending on numbers, but it typically takes about 2 hours including the time needed for the whiskey tasting class. This is a very hands on and personal tour that is sure to please even the most experienced connoisseur. Advance booking is required for tours, but not for Whiskey tasting classes. Further advance booking , with numbers, is required for dining options which include. Discover how whiskey casks are made and maintained during the hands on demonstration by our Master Cooper.
Discover how the distillation process works, from the raw materials of Grain and Malting barley to Wash to Distillate and then to Whiskey. Discover how whiskey matures and ages. What happens inside the casks over a long period of time and learn Where does Whiskey get its colour? Bottle your very own 8 year old Greenore Single Grain whiskey. Relax after your tour and enjoy a hosted tasting of the Cooley Whiskey range. Learn about the different tastes that are Cooley Whiskey.
Cooley Distillery was the first new whiskey distillery to be set up in Ireland in over 100 years and it was Ireland’s youngest, smallest and only independent whiskey distillery. It was established in 1987 in the Cooley Peninsula in Co. Louth, near the border with Northern Ireland, and started distilling in 1989. The Cooley Distillery currently produces 1.5 million litres of pure alcohol and fills approximately 12,000 200L ex-Bourbon casks annually. It distils both grain whiskey in column stills and pure malt whiskey in traditional copper pot stills and operates a double distillation process. Cooley therefore produce Single Malt whiskeys and blends, both under their own labels and for independent bottlers and distributors. For full information on all Cooley whiskey brands and the production process, please visit the Cooley website.
From very early on, Cooley set about reviving many of the historic brands and distilling techniques of Irish whiskey. It is currently the only distillery in Ireland producing peated malt whiskeys and bottling single grain whiskey. Some of the old historic Irish whiskey brands which Cooley re-introduced to the Irish and international markets are Locke’s, Tyrconnell and Kilbeggan. All Cooley whiskeys are matured in ex-Bourbon casks, with the exception of whiskeys finished in special casks, such as the Tyrconnell Port, Madeira or Sherry finishes or the new Connemara Single Malt Sherry Finish. Their stock matures both at the distillery in Cooley and in the 200 year old granite warehouses of the old Kilbeggan distillery in the Irish Midlands.
Nestled in the foothills of the Cooley Mountains, the Cooley Distillery enjoys a perfect location for a whiskey distillery due to its access to clean, pure water from the river that runs down from the mountain and right by the distillery. Cooley at present is not open to visitors. The tour takes place in Martin’s Pub which is only a short walk from the distillery.