Greenore 18 year old, 46%

Price: $125.00 Issue: Summer 2011 Reviewer: Dominic Roskrow

Greenore is the grain whisky produced by Cooley, and as an 8 year old and a 15 year old it has proved to be a world beater. Now it's being marketed as the oldest Irish single grain whiskey in the world, and while there's lots to recommend, this age might be a step too far. Lashings of banana and vanilla ice cream are up front, but then sharp salt and pepper slash across it and leave an astringent, puckerish mixed finish.