Connemara Peated Irish Whiskey

70cl / 40%
  • Irish Single Malt Whiskey
Connemara Peated Irish Whiskey
Web Exclusive Price £36.25 £30.21 ex VAT (£51.79 per litre)
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Thought peat was all about Islay? Think (or perhaps that should be 'drink') again. All Islay fans owe it to themselves to check out Connemara from the splendid Cooley distillery.
Country
Ireland
Colouring
Yes

Character

  • Vanilla Vanilla
  • Apple Apple
  • Smoke Smoke
  • Honeysuckle Honeysuckle

Connemara Peated Irish Whiskey Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Simon Difford for Class Magazine

    Appearance
    Clear, mid golden amber with polished golden glints.

    Aroma
    Sweet barley (touch of barley water) with wafts of peaty smoke, kippers and well baked apple crumble.

    Taste
    Lightly honey sweet, subdued clean rather than sooty smoke with peaty vegetal notes, sweet barley water, light spice and vanilla oak.

    Aftertaste
    Lingering smoke, spicy oak and sweet almonds.

    Diffordsguide rating - 4/5

  • Tasting Notes by Dr Whisky

    Honey and lemon, green grapes, skin cream/lotion. Very fresh on the nose. The peat is in there, but it is all so perfumed, estery, and free of the associations that often appear with peat smoke that it could go unnoticed. Apple crumble, margarine, and a touch of animal hide.

    Okay, well the smoke will not go unnoticed on the palate, but it is so clean, and surrounded by floral sweetness, that to compare it to a Scottish whisky would not quite be fair (to either). Peated barley at the heart of the flavours, grassy, and increasingly drying. Oak and almonds.

    SUMMARY:

    A unique peated whiskey experience. Very drinkable, even quaff-able, with sweetness, and an interesting summer weeds type of presence. And plenty of peat, but don't expect a peat beast; this is driving-through-the-country window-seat-peat.

    [These tasting notes are reproduced from drwhisky.blogspot.com]

  • Producer's Tasting Notes

    Colour: Lightly golden

    Nose: Smokey peatiness balanced by heather floralness with hints of honey and oak.

    Taste: Silky smooth with a honey sweet start, followed by more complex aromas of malt and fruit giving way to the intensifying full bodied peat. A well-balanced yet complex taste with vanilla oak notes.

    Finish: A long and glorious finish with golden honey notes and deep peat spreading across the mouth and palate. Hints of chocolate vanilla and oak leave a mouth-watering taste!

    Serving Suggestions: Connemara can be enjoyed neat or with a little water to release the bouquet.

58 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    25 August

    Very nice, a delightful surprise.

  • 4
    25 August

    Wasn't expecting much but really enjoyed the whiskey. I normally enjoy the Speyside whiskies but still like the smokiness of the peatier Scotch. This is a bargain for the price.

  • 5
    9 August

    The taste changes a lot after opening. At first is a bit harsh. I forgot about the bottle in my cabinet. 4 months later I was shocked when sipped from it again. Smooth, smokey and a bit more mellow. I buy it on every flight now.

  • 5
    27 July

    As a lover of peaty malt.. thought I'd give it a try. Not disappointed... very smooth... can't get the other flavours that are mentioned like Apple crumble and vanilla, but one I would buy again ??

  • 2
    30 June

    The description sounded delightful... tastes a little thick, smells like Neosporin ointment, has that taste as well. It would be good if you were drinking it alongside something to eat but alone, it's not terribly great. The smoke is definitely prominent.

  • 4
    4 April

    Very solid. Certainly not over smoky, but distinctly peaty. Good mix of vanilla with the smoke. I'm primarily an Islay Scotch guy, but also like Speyside. This Connemara Peated is a happy compromise. Those who said it's too peaty should stick with water.

  • 5
    24 March

    Peaty whiskies are not for everyone, so bear it in mind. If you are not sure if you will tolerate it, try in a bar or buy a small bottle (or try one with a friend from his bottle). This whiskey is smokey, sweet and very complex. You savour the whiskey as you lean back after a good day's work.

  • 1
    19 March

    You know that taste/feeling you get after getting a shot of novacaine from the dentist? That's what this stuff is like: mediciney, burnt, and horrible. Really disappointed.

  • 2
    16 February

    Too much smoky flavour.

  • 5
    14 January

    If you like Islay malt , you need to try this. A real treat. Peaty but not from islay? But so drinkable. A joy to discover. Once drunk, never forgotten.

  • 4
    9 January

    Laphroaig 10 go to drink Very nice change of pace.

  • 1
    6 January

    First Whiskey I've ever poured down the sink. Tastes like a urinal smells.

  • 5
    1 January

    Crispy, pleasant bite to the palate, leaves a clarity of soothing after taste that encourages me to long for the next.

  • 4
    23 December 2017

    I just opened the bottle and immediately tasted it from an apropriate glass. The smell was little weared and its taste was awful... I never drop things wihout another chance... I left the glass on the table and the bottle open a few minutes. After that I tasted it again... I was suprised. The strong smoke smell was gone. And the taste has changed...

  • 4
    19 December 2017

    Smokey but not overpowering. A hint of green olives brine, so good!

  • 2
    12 November 2017

    I have never tasted anything so rough and oily. It's the drink I go for when I have no whisky left in my cabinet. Amazed it gets such positive reviews.

  • 3
    29 August 2017

    Just few step away from greatness. This should definitely be at 46 %, non-chill, no artificial color. Simple things, it's not that difficult.

  • 4
    27 June 2017

    Managed to pick up a bottle last week on duty free so thought I'd give it a go and I was not disappointed! I usually like islay whiskys like laphroaig or ardbeg but I found this to be very enjoyable to drink. Not a peat monster as some others are.. more subtle in the smoke but still very nice indeed.. Some sweetness there too .. overall a great whisky! Tip* don't water this one down.. you'll loose the smoke and some flavours.. it will go very thin very quick.. and at a low 40% it really doesn't need water... just drink it neat and enjoy!

  • 5
    10 June 2017

    A real surprise. All the smooth, quaffability of a refined Irish whiskey but quite complex and full bodied. Subtle but definite presence of peat. A very very nice drink.

  • 5
    6 May 2017

    One of the Best peated whiskeys I've ever taste. Also the price in Greece make top value for money along with Talisker 10 that is even better I think considering that Connemara is NAS.. Great alternative though, with complexity I'm taste, never experienced it..

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