Slieve Foy 8 Year Old Irish Whiskey Review

A Single Malt That Proves That Irish Whiskey Can Be Great

Slieve Foy 8 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
The 8 year old single malt from Slieve Foy is a fine example of how great Irish whiskey can be. Photo Courtesy: Slieve Foy

An Update on Slieve Foy

The following review for Slieve Foy 8 YO Single Malt Irish Whiskey was originally written in 2010. Since that time, there has been a big change in the Irish whiskey market and it specifically affects the brands distilled at the Cooley Distillery, including Slieve Foy.

In 2012, they distillery was purchased by Beam, Inc. and there were a number of private label brands whose fates have been in limbo because of contractual disputes and other legal matters.

While the true status of brands like Michael Collins is still unclear, it became apparent in 2013 (according to Denis Lynch at EatDrinkEvolve.com) that the Slieve Foy brand is no longer being produced.

It is a shame that fine whiskies like this had to suffer and that drinkers may no longer have the opportunity to taste it. However, as we have seen in the past, it is entirely possible that the brand may be revived at some point in the future.

As of writing this update, bottles of this whiskey can still be found online and are selling for around $50. I suggest that you purchase one soon before supplies run out.

-Colleen Graham, October 2015

The Review

I'm sitting here looking at a small brown vial that contains a media sample of one of the finest Irish whiskies ever made. The label is simply marked, "Slieve Foy, 8YO Irish Whiskey, 46% ABV.

I've poured a little into a Glencairn glass, spun it around a bit and this light blonde whiskey is leaving amazing legs to slowly slide down the sides of the glass.

The nose is light, elegant, and inviting. Warm vanilla aromas, fresh baked sugar cookies and fleur de sel caramels tease the nose, hinting at the treasures to be found on the palate.

Upon tasting this whiskey, I cannot help but imagine the sweetest young spring vegetables. Perhaps sweet, young carrots fresh from the farmers field?

Fresh baked bread, penuche, and white chocolate all emerge as well.

Surprisingly this whiskey has a long finish for Irish whiskey, with maple sugar, coffee with cream and sugar, citrus and fudge tones evident.

Final Thoughts

This is a fantastic whiskey, easily one of the top Irish whiskies in the world. A bit of research leads me to believe that this is a 100% malt whiskey produced by the Cooley Distillery.

Any Irish pub or collector of Irish whiskey simply must have a bottle of Slieve Foy on their shelves if they know good whiskey. 

About Slieve Foy 8 Year Old Irish Whiskey 

Originally Published: March 10, 2010
Edited by Colleen Graham: October 2, 2015