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Cooley Peninsula north-east of Dublin.




Kilbeggan: 40%
Greenore: 43%
Connemara: 40%
The Tyrconnell: 46%


Kilbeggan: Blended
Greenore: Single Grain
Connemara: Single Malt
The Tyrconnell: Single Malt

Cooley Distillery, located on the Cooley Peninsula in County Louth, is an Irish whiskey distillery. In 1987, John Teeling converted it from an older potato alcohol plant, and for the time being it remains the only independent Irish-owned distillery in Ireland. On 16 December 2011 it was announced that US company Beam Inc. plans to purchase Cooley for around €71 million ($95 million).

Product Range[]

  • Kilbeggan: A blended whiskey, Kilbeggan was originally distilled at the Kilbeggan Distillery, which is now owned by Cooley. Best known for its non-age stated version, in 2007, a 15-year aged version was released, and there are plans for an 18-year aged whiskey.[1]
  • Greenore: A single-grain whiskey, Greenore is made with corn alone, and aged in Bourbon casks. Greenore is found with several age statements; 6-, 8-, 15-, and 18-year versions are produced, although the 15- and 18-year releases are relatively rare (5,000 and 4,000 bottles, respectively).[2]
  • Connemara: A peat-smoked single-malt whiskey, Connemara is double-distilled rather than the more usual triple-distillation process that most Irish whiskeys undergo. It is aged in Bourbon casks. Several versions are found; single-cask, cask-strength, 12-year, and a high-peat version called "Turf Mór."[3]
  • The Tyrconnell: A single-malt whiskey, The Tyrconnell was acquired as a brand by Cooley in 1988 after being dormant since 1925, when the Old Watts Distillery (producers of The Tyrconnell) closed its doors.[4]
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