Friday, October 21, 2016

Tasting: Connemara. Peated Single Malt, Irish Whiskey

Connemara. Peated Single Malt
Irish Whiskey

Distillery: Cooley
Age: NAS
Proof/ABV: 40%
Dk Price: $44USD/300dkk
Release: Ongoing

Points: 80/100

When we drink Irish whiskey, tripled distilled is often the case, and a overall fruity and creamy flavor profile, can be expected.
Now, what I’m drinking today, is a double distilled single malt Irish Whiskey, with a peated flavor profile, which makes Connemara a unique Irish whiskey.

Connemara is the only whiskey in Ireland, where peat is used, instead of hot air, in the malting process of the barley. This method is normally characteristic for the Islay distilleries found in Scotland, but definitely not in Ireland anymore.
Connemara is distilled at Cooley distillery, and matured in Kilbeggan’s 200 year old granite warehouse.

Typical Irish barley sugar up front mixed with a salty wave, followed by candied fruit and leather.

Very clean peat on the tip of your tongue. Velvet smooth, malty and nutty up front, with honey, peach and apple.

Short to medium with peach, that lingers in the background.

Overall impression:
Connemara is kind of the odd one out, and those whiskies are always fun to taste. I like that Cooley didn’t turned their bag, on their Irish traditions and flavor profile, but man, how I wish they had gone all Islay peaty with this one, now where they have gone to all the trouble, making a peaty Irish whiskey in the first place, but maybe that’s just me. That being said, Connemara is a very enjoyable dram.

Photo & Review By: Hasse Berg