There are limited amounts of Connemara 12 Year Old made each year, partly due to the popularity of their non aged statement version, which uses much of the stock of their peated malt before it can reach 12 years of age. If you are a fan of smoky scotch whiskey then this is the perfect Irish whiskey to try.
It hails from the Cooley distillery in county Louth, once owned by members of the Teeling family. It was the brain child of Alex Chasko, who was a distiller at Cooley before joining Jack and Stephen Teeling at their new Dublin distillery. The Connemara whiskeys are Ireland’s first peated whiskey in 100’s of years.
Connemara 12 Year Old Peated Single Malt Tasting Notes
This vibrant golden nectar is intriguing. The peat does not hit the nose first rather the fruity aromas with an echo of smoke. There are also layers of vanilla bean and peppercorns before a hint of peat graces the nose.
A nutty tone hits the palate first with some soft fruit with the peat popping up half way through. It is more of a kiss of peat; unlike many peated whiskey’s on the market that can just be all about the peat. The Connemara is a sublime example of a blend of peat and fruit.
Fresh and lively. Lemon and orange zest with a touch of creamy vanilla. Connemara has an initial sweetness with an underlying smokiness. It me of the burnt edges of a fudge cake just out of the oven. Smoke, sugar, and hints of chocolate filling the air.
Very fruity at first with layers of intricate sweetness, with some very welcome smoke. Flavours of pears, apples, vanilla cream all bound together with flavors of a quenched forest fire. There is a slightly medicinal note that is expertly balanced with soft caramels and sticky buns.
The finish is peaty, and lingering, with rich chocolate truffle and Irish cream notes towards the end. This opens out with a touch of gingery, spicy oak to finish in splendor.
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