Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey (40%, OB, 2015)
- Irish single malt whiskey
- 40% ABV, £28 for 70cl
- Score: 83/100
What they say:
Inspired by Ireland’s ancient distilling traditions, Connemara’s smooth sweet malt taste and complex peat flavours makes it a truly unique Irish whiskey. Connemara is the most decorated Irish whiskey with a huge collection of Gold Medals and has been honoured as the “Worlds Best Irish Single Malt”. Connemara allows you to unearth the Peated Pleasures of Ireland.
What I say:
To represent Ireland in our World of Whiskies tasting presented to the Water of Life Society we selected this Peated Connemara expression. In truth this was to satisfy having a peated expression in the line-up, and to represent Ireland from whence the Scots likely learned their distilling art from. Currently Irish whisky and distilling in Ireland is experiencing a great resurgence
Amber gold (6/20) medium tears with medium trails
Vanilla, coconut, cereal malted barley, oak wood, peat, gentle smoke, musty and a little phenolic.
Oily, buttery and mouthfilling, cake, honey, malted milk biscuits, vanilla crème brulee, coconut, madeira cake, gently earthy and chewy peat.
Medium-long, drying, earthy honeyed peat
Delicate and much more complex than expected, this doesn’t rely on the peat rather it presents as a gentle, subtle and beautifully constructed malty cereal-filled whisky with an earthy chewy peaty nature that is slowly revealed. Delicious.