Clonakilty is located on the Wild Atlantic coast in southern Ireland’s Co. Cork. Clonakilty the distillery draws inspiration from Clonakilty the seaside town, and its signature whale tail logo & other marine themes are on display throughout. Clonakilty is so on brand with the ocean that the boat it uses to harvest marine botanicals for its gin was capsized by a walrus the day we visited the distillery. Incidentally, Clonakilty's visitor center is one of the best we've seen among Irish craft whiskey distilleries.
We really like the nose of the Cognac Cask finish, which is matured in American oak barrels before being finished in Cognac casks. It's sweet but not overly so, with a bit of nutty fragrance and even some floral cocoa. The mouthfeel is pleasant and moderately spicy, with notes of wooden caramel and dark chocolate. Clonakilty also produces a Double Oak, a Port Cask finish, a Bordeaux Cask finish, a Single Grain, and a 15-year old Single Malt. The Cognac Cask finish retails for $75.
Clonakilty Cognac Cask Finish: 93 POINTS
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