Tried Connemara Peated at our local whisky society’s Irish whiskey tasting. I made my score a bit higher from the first notes. I found it differing quite a bit from my original notes, but decided to leave both notes mixed in together. So this review is a mix of the old and new experience.
Connemara Peated Irish Single Malt is what I call, a contender. Contender in the world of peated whiskies – not a super heavyweight nor even a heavyweight. Nice addition into the smoky whisky category. It really got me excited to try Connemara’s whole range, especially the Connemara Turf Mor.
Connemara single malt whiskies come from Cooley distillery.
ON THE WATERFRONT of peated Ireland
Connemara Peated got me thinking of the great Elia Kazan’s film, On the Waterfront. Which by the way, has probably the best performance by Marlon Brando ever. Connemara’s peaty single malt reminded me about Brando’s character Terry Malloy, giving the famous speech to his brother (played by Rod Steiger): “I could have been somebody, a contender”
In my opinion, Connemara has made a promise with the Peated Single Malt. A nice little promise to (peated) whisky drinkers. “Join us, we are a contender.”
Nose: I wasn’t expecting such a heavy smoke, not “Ardbeg or Laphroaig heavy” but gets close. Nicely floral and bit stingy. Oil, smoke, burnt rubber and meat.
Taste: Salt with dry peat. Oak with gentle vanilla. Meaty with red fruity notes and oil. Brings Caol Ila in mind.
Finish: Lightly peaty and warming with okay length. Nicely sweet and fruity, wish it would’ve lasted longer.
Balance: Very straight forward but nice. Warming peaty dram, another good Irish whiskey experience.
Distillery: Cooley Region: Cooley Peninsula in County Louth, Ireland Brand: Connemara ABV: 40%
This famous piece of movie history came to my mind while tasting Connemara Peated Single Malt. Enjoy!