Noel Sweeney, Master Blender, celebrates twenty years at Cooley Distillery this week. Since the distillery is not much older than that, and has never released a whiskey more than 16 years old, that means Noel has watched over every drop of your preferred Cooley spirit from distillation through maturation to bottling. It must be very gratifying to be able to compose some of the finest whiskeys coming out of Ireland today after waiting patiently all those years.
Here's the man himself, demonstrating how a cask is filled at the distillery:
Congratulations, Noel. Here's to twenty more years (and a thirty-odd year old bottle of Tyrconnell)!