Connemara 12 Year Old Peated Irish Single Malt Whiskey
If you’ve read our posts about whiskey you know we tend to like peaty Scotches- not exclusively by any means, but they’re definitely some of our favorites. You’d also know we like Irish Whiskey, I grew up on Jameson and Tullamore Dew and one or both are always in my cabinet. So when I went to Ireland last summer and was trying new whiskeys every night, imagine my joy when I came across the CONNEMARA 12 YEAR OLD, a peated Irish Whiskey. The 12 is the oldest expression in the Connemara range, and while peated it is not Islay peat. What I mean is, Connemara is subtle. You will not be smashed across the head with a peat shillelagh. This peated Irish single malt from the Cooley distillery has won several awards including a Gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Fair.
When you take a sip of this great Irish you’ll get besides the peat; hints of vanilla, apple, smoke, and honeysuckle.
TASTING NOTES CONNEMARA 12 YEAR OLD
Tasting Notes by Simon Difford for Class Magazine
APPEARANCE- Clear, mid golden amber with polished golden glints.
AROMA- Sweet barley (touch of barley water) with wafts of peaty smoke, kippers and well baked apple crumble.
TASTE- Lightly honey sweet, subdued clean rather than sooty smoke with peaty vegetal notes, sweet barley water, light spice and vanilla oak.
AFTERTASTE- Lingering smoke, spicy oak and sweet almonds.
DIFFORDS GUIDE 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. SUMMARY: 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. Reproduced from drwhisky.blogspot.com
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.