The Distillery has the distinction of being the oldest licensed distillery in the world dating back to 1757. This distillery prospered in the 19th century by successfully exporting its whiskey to the UK, US, Argentina, Australia and other UK colonies. The change in the economic climate brought about by the second world war eventually forced Locke's to cease operations in 1953 and sell off its assets. This loss in distilling history was ultimately Cooley Distillery's gain when it bought over Locke's Distillery and its remaining assets in the late 1980's.
Locke's Irish Whiskey is made from marrying malt and grain whiskey together. This fine whiskey is double distilled in traditional pot stills and patent stills and uses only the finest malted barley, maize and the purest Irish spring water. Maturation of Locke's Irish Whiskey takes place in the 200 year old warehouses in Kilbeggan. A blend of malt and grain whiskey that has been gently mature in oak casks is used to create the distinct flavour and character that is unique to Locke's Irish Whiskey.
Tasting notes of Jim Murray,
Nose: Sweet and malty
Taste: Sweet and smooth at first. Possessing a full malty and spicey middle and a delightful honeyed sweetness which rolls around the palate, filling the mouth. It glides over the taste-buds like the smoothest of silks. Well balanced overtones of oak wood.
Finish: The powerful maltiness trickles off leaving the grain which is first noticeable as the conveyor of ex-bourbon cask vanillins. Soft, clean and quite malty with a little oloroso sherry wood.