Stats – 40% alcohol, single malt, double pot still distilled, aged in ex-bourbon barrels, Ireland
Price – $45
Color – Straw
Nose – Rich peat smoke and bright citrus
Palate – Connemara is billed as Ireland’s only peated whiskey. Very light, you could almost miss it. Sooty ash and peat smoke start to rise up and quickly fades before it comes on too strong. Honey and Granny Smith apple peels. There is also an underlying meaty flavor, like cured ham, but barely noticeable. It sweetens as it breathes and it also brings up some black pepper as well. This peated whiskey is very approachable, it’s like Islay Lite or Diet Peat™. If you find most peated whisky to be overbearing and harsh, but like the smoke, this might be a good choice. It may be a touch too light handed at 40%, I think with a higher alcohol content this could be a real gem (the Cask Strength version is certain worth investigating), but in all it is a quality whiskey.
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