Connemara Peated Irish Whiskey

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Connemara Peated Irish Whiskey
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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.

70 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    9 February

    Best value for money, one of my favourites.

  • 4
    7 February

    A very smooth and flavoursom drink. The peat comes through nicely and never in a harsh way.

  • 4
    19 January

    Sometimes you really fancy a Whiskey with a bit of extra punch. On a Summers day I would be happy to drink a light, floral or fruity Whiskey. As a standard, there are a plethora of really good drinking whiskies, but the light, subtle, smokiness of Connemara is just about perfect! There is a time and a place for all Whiskies, and this is perfect for the end of the day.

  • 1
    13 January

    Awful - I’d leave smoked whisky to the Scottish. Taste - old ash tray from a 1980s working mans club. Aroma - 12th July morning bonfire in Northern Ireland.

  • 1
    12 January

    Awful - I’d leave smoked whisky to the Scottish. Taste - old ash tray from a 1980s working mans club. Aroma - 12th July morning bonfire in Northern Ireland.

  • 5
    8 January

    Beautiful and perhaps the best on market. Full of flavour, soft and smooth with smoky influence and a great nose. The very best.

  • 1
    23 December 2018

    Taste like a bandaid smells.

  • 5
    19 December 2018

    Not a lover of big pleated whisky but this is great you must have some at the price its wonderful.

  • 5
    23 October 2018

    One of my absolute favourites.

  • 5
    16 October 2018

    Enough smoke to keep it interesting, smooth & sweet, peaty & fruity, normally a scotch drinker but pleasantly surprised by this whiskey, keep a bottle now for the good times (and bad!!!)

  • 5
    10 October 2018

    Absolutely delightful

  • 5
    1 October 2018

    Very well balanced, not overpowering. Let it sit a little after you open it.

  • 4
    25 August 2018

    Very nice, a delightful surprise.

  • 4
    25 August 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

    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.

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