Connemara Peated Irish Whiskey

70cl / 40%
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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.

Connemara Peated Irish Whiskey Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Simon Difford for Class Magazine

    Clear, mid golden amber with polished golden glints.

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

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

    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.


    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]

  • 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.

34 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    17 February

    A friend and I enjoyed it very much. We're single malt scotch drinkers, and the description interested us. Any single malt drinker should try it!

  • 5
    29 December 2015

    Excellent with a smooth finish

  • 3
    11 August 2015

    I had pretty high hopes as I began my first glass. The peat is what attracted me. Although I will definitely give it another try (as I tried it neat) I wasn''t fully impressed. It was sweeter than I think an Irish whiskey should be, and the peat didn''t seem to be well integrated into the whiskers overall flavor. It seemed like someone had poured a few drops of liquid smoke into he glass rather than having an ''infused'' character. I am, however, looking forward to my next glass. If I enjoyed it more, I should be worried about drinking too much of it anyway.

  • 5
    30 July 2015

    One of the finest whiskies I have ever tasted. Alas it is clearly out of my humble price range otherwsie I would have a cupboard full of this Irish nectar.

  • 3
    22 January 2015

    Lightweight and not as potent as its bigger badder cousins in Islay - but never going to be. I like to be challenged but this is not a challenge. But smooth and drinkable all the same.

  • 11 April 2014

    Amazing--not as peaty as the Scottish stuff, but still very good. Unlike the Scottish Islays, you can have a wee bit of this in the morning coffee. And then a wee bit in the afternoon soda.

  • 25 February 2014

    About as subtle as a brick however absolutely sublime. Made as much of a positive impact on me as my very first bottle of Laphroaig 10 and that was the bottle that got me into whisky in the first place.

  • 7 November 2013

    My Dad got me this for my birthday. Its an absolute delight. Not quite as strongly peaty as some Islay Peat Malts, it is however sufficiently peaty and smoky to be delicious. Its smooth and so very nice its hard not to over indulge. I soon finished this and ordered myself another.

  • 22 September 2013

    It's a smokey BBQ in a bottle. Enough said.

  • 27 November 2012

    I have been enjoying Islays for about 65 years and was introduced to Connemara a few years ago--fabulously smooth and satisfying--possibly the best Irish available in California. I gift a bottle yearly to a 70-year, lifelong friend on his birthday and he swears it's the best he has ever tasted. It gives great joy to both of us when we kill off last year's, open the new one--and celebrate still being among the living.

  • 25 October 2012

    I've heard great reviews about this whiskey, and was excited when I brought home a bottle. It was my first peat experience, and alas... I have to agree with Kieth. Simply too medicinal for my tastes. Any alternative peat suggestions would be appreciated.

  • 9 July 2012

    I bought it as a "tryout". Ok, it gives you the "peaty" nose and taste too, but it's....hmm..a bit too sweet. and the peat seems to be kinda "added" to all other tastes..but I only had one glass of ..will need more :)

  • 1 June 2012

    This was a gift and a delight. I`ve never tasted Irish malt until this evening preferring out of habit to enjoy various Scottish single malts. This Connemara peated Single malt is light and gently malty sweet in the mouth and will be a pleasure to share with a few friends.

  • 16 May 2012

    This is a sit back and make some time kind of whiskey. Nose matches flavor. Peat with heather- sweet nuance. Special as well for the true and time tested way it is made.

  • 14 December 2011

    i was introduced to peaty islay whiskies 20 years ago by a friend who cherished lagavulin, although i favour laphroaig. i have a bottle from each of the operating islay a bottle of connemara, which IMHO stands its ground very well. i'm irish by birth and i also have a bottle of 10yo bush on the go, but connemara is an acceptable, affordable and readily available peaty malt (very few islays make it across the water).

  • 3 December 2011

    Great peat and taste is not too strong fabulous !

  • 20 October 2011

    this is the one and only irish peated whiskey,there's only one 1 non multi national company and this is from the country that invented the bloody stuff hope to see many more irish peated whiskeys

  • 18 October 2011

    I decided to try this one for a change from my regular Islay and was pleasently surprised. Don't get me wrong, Connemara is no Islay but nor does it claim to be. This whiskey stands alone for what it is, a good and sound example of a peated Irish single malt. Does it change my preference for a good Islay dram? No. But I definately would buy this again. For me... 7.5/10.

  • 24 April 2011

    This whisky has a sweet and inviting nose with peat hints. The body is sweet, smooth, peaty and mouth-coating. The pleasant finish fades away quite quickly.The flavour seems like a hybrid of the classic Irish whisky taste: very smooth, sweet, floral and with a waxy mouth feel and the aggressive peatyness of Islay, both of which I like. While the result is interesting, I do not think it compares well to the best Irish or Islay whiskies.

  • 9 March 2011

    Disappointed - found this rather medicinal - not a patch on the Islay

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