So you may be asking yourself…why is this Whiskey guy, writing about Irish Cream in a Whiskey Blog??? Almost sounds Irish. (And I mean no offence to my Irish Whiskey aficionados)…
As you may have read in my recent review of The Balvenie Doublewood aged 12 years Single Malt Whisky I attended Whiskey Live 2016, in the great city of Perth, Australia.
Much to my surprise, right there as we walked in, was a booth displaying the Coole Swan…yes, initially as we walked in, we took notice, but made our ‘B line’ straight to the Aberlour display.
Let me say that the Aberlour 18 year old whiskey, was beautiful with deep Bourbon and Sherry flavours. At an estimated $220 a bottle, this is going on my Father’s day list.
Well back to the Coole Swan. So after being at Whiskey Live for several hours and after having sampled a plethora of global delights from Glendalough 13 year old single malt; to Glenfiddich 18, Paul John Indian Single Malt Whisky Classic to way too many to remember, we were left with one more stand to stumble upon…Coole Swan.
We proceeded to ask the Coole Swan host “So what is an Irish Cream Liqueur like you doing in a whiskey function like this”...Yes, we had a few whiskeys by this time and this was the lamest opening line we could come up with.
Unbeknown to us, Irish Cream Liqueur has Single Malt Whiskey as one of its core and fundamental ingredients.
Coole Swan Irish Cream Liqueur…welcome to Whiskey Live 2016!
Coole Swan is made in Tatestown, Navan, Ireland by the married couple Mary Sadlier and Philip Brady who in 2008 set off on a mission to make the world’s Premium Irish Cream…and I think they have succeeded.
During my conversation with Mary the owner, she advised that Coole Swan source their Whiskey from IDL Whiskeys and they have a preference towards the Triple distilled Single Malt Drum. During the course of product development, the team at Coole Swan created 231versions of Coole Swan until the formula was just right. According to Mary, this process took “About 2 years…. Had to taste a lot of whiskey and chocolate… Frightful job”.
Interestingly the process of making Coole Swan is rather straight forward and Mary advises that the process “is instant because we milk every day…… And then we have our special herd who we feed chocolate and whiskey and bingo you have the Coole Swan…. I should say that is an Irish myth!” Touché Mary, Touché!
Coole Swan is 100% natural with no artificial chemicals or additives. It is actually comprised of three core ingredients:
- Fresh Irish Cream (from the herd we just heard about)
- Single Malt Whiskey (mmmm)
- Belgian White Chocolate (Double mmmm)
The name Coole Swan has its naming foundations from the Coole Park in County Galway, where W.B Yeats wrote ”The Wild Swans at Coole”.
Coole Swan Claim: The nose is soft & fresh which is then abruptly infiltrated with the spicy, sweet and nutty tones of the triple distilled Single Malt Irish Whiskey.
WHISKEYTEK Review: Soft on the nose and not intrusive. There is a good balance between the spicy whiskey tones and the subtleness that the white chocolate and cream bring to the Liqueur.
Coole Swan Claim: Coole Swan tastes fresh and smooth yet demands your attention. With no lingering after taste or cloying feeling in the mouth Coole Swan is truly the King of Irish Cream Liqueurs.
WHISKEYTEK Review: Unlike other Irish creams that need to either be diluted with milk or ice, Coole Swan can be enjoyed straight from the bottle. Best served chilled and in doing so is creamy on the pallet with the spiciness of the whiskey perking up the back of the tongue .
Coole Swan Claim: Coole Swan is identified by its natural cream color with a very delicate hue imparted by the white chocolate and the single malt.
WHISKEYTEK Review: Creamy in colour as can be seen in the above image. A certain richness is delivered in the Coole Swan, brought about by the use of quality Belgium White Chocolate.
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Coole Swan is not yet available in Australia so the two bottles in Whiskey Live will have to do me for a while. The sad part is that whilst writing this review, one bottle came to its demise. (It was not all consumed tonight I must add). If it were available in Australia, then yes, this would definitely be an addition to my Whiskey Collection – front and centre.
Whiskytek…over and out.