Sep 15

Connemara Irish Whiskey – Review

Connemara Irish WhiskeyConnemara Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey

80 Proof

Price Point: $35 – $45 for 750 ML

Distiller: Cooley Distillery

 

Background

I first had Connemara maybe three years ago.  Without studying the label carefully (this was before whiskey was such a passion for me), I assumed it was a Scotch based on its peaty aroma and flavor.  Looking back, it seems foolish, but then again, Connemara is a very radical expression coming from the Emerald Isle.  Most Irish whiskeys are triple-distilled with no presence of peat, while this one is double-distilled with a distinct peat character.

I’ve said it here before and I’ll say it again – variety is what makes whiskey so interesting.  Certainly the people behind Connemara share that philosophy with me.

 

Review

You guessed it – the nose has a fair amount of peat.  In addition, there is some smoke as well as a medicinal quality (almost like Vick’s).  Connemara’s nose is also slightly creamy.

The first taste that I picked up was burnt rubber.  Not the best flavor in my opinion.  Afterwards, I picked up a little bit of mint.  Connemara is slightly sweet, but a little bit thin.

It’s a little bit bigger on the finish with a good deal of smoke.  The peat will stay with you, which is one positive to take out of this whiskey.

 

Rating & Recommendations

If you couldn’t tell by the tasting notes, I’m not quite as keen on Connemara as some of my fellow bloggers are.  It earns a rating of 82 out of 100.

This whiskey is over-hyped in my opinion, perhaps gaining popularity from the novelty of a peated Irish.  It’s certainly a nice change from some of the monotonous expressions from the Ireland, but leave peat to Islay!

 

-Ryan

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