Connemara 12 year old is another peated Irish single malt whiskey by Cooley distillery. Unlike many Irish whiskeys (which are triple distilled), Connemara is double distilled. Other brands under the Cooley distillery include Kilbeggan, Greenore and Tyrconnell. Because of new Irish invasion of distillers, Cooley malt can be found from newcomers products, such as Hyde 10YO by Hibernia Distillers.
Connemara by the way, has been honored as “Worlds Best Irish Single Malt” in 2009. This 12 year old single malt has been matured in Ex-Bourbon casks and it has won Double Gold in 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The phenolic level is 13 to 14 ppm.
If Connemara Peated was a contender, this 12 year old peated single malt is one of the higher ranked competitors. Nicely malty and smooth, not forgetting the peat smoke notes, which are surprisingly heavy for a 40% ABV whiskey.
Cooley has proved with Connemara, that it can produce top quality peated whiskey – like Connemara Peated promised. I can honestly recommend this dram. Since I started with boxing terms, I’ll call this a light heavyweight, great in its weight class – definitely like Billy Hope played by Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw.