Peat is all about Islay? Drink again. Here’s a peated Irishman!
Connemara (named for the area in Ireland) is the name given to peated spirit made at Cooley Distillery in Dundalk. It is double-distilled in the Scottish style. As with Cooley's other Whiskeys, they are matured at the Locke's Distillery in Kilbeggan. Connemara is Ireland's only peated Whiskey currently on the market, although in centuries past smoky Irish Whiskeys would have been more common.
Smartass Corner: Connemara is also famous for a beautiful green marble mined in the region, it is considered as national gem.
Smells of peat and oak, but the peat isn’t so pronounced in the flavor. It’s more of an undertone. Vanilla and honey notes with a medicinal and fiery finish. I’m not usually a big peat fan but this isn’t too bad.
For someone that doesn’t like too much smoke, I though the sweetness and fruit flavors balanced it fairly well. Was expecting to hate it and was pleasantly surprised.
A lovely example of the form, with the smoke twist. Minerality, light smoke, easy drinking.
Smelled like some kind of medicine. Smooth but bitter.
It smelled and tasted like my grandmothers petroleum based sav. Not good
Peated Irish. I definitely enjoyed a little peat in the Irish Whiskey smoothness
Nose had honey sweetness, along with notes of heather and a slight wood-smoke tang. Flavors are very sweet up front, honey and apple-like fruits. Peat smoke comes in soon after, but in a 'rounder,' more gradual way than is often seen in peated Islay Scotch Whisky. Finish is long and bitter-sweet with backing notes of dry wood and smoke. All around a very solid whiskey; not super complex but an interesting choice especially for a drinker who likes a bit of peat smoke but finds many peated Scotches too overbearing, or as a portal into peat flavors for a neophyte.
A little too peaty for me. Almost like Irish Glenfiddich.
Quite peated and lots of wet smoke flavor. Still drinkable since it's not as harshly peated as an Islay, but definitely not something I enjoy. For reference, Highland Park 12 is about as far as I will go for peat smoke.
Sehr torfig, medizinischer Touch, Nase hat mir nicht zugesagt, Geschmack nicht wirklich genießbar.
Although I have limited experience with peated whiskey, I currently hold the belief that I do not like it. I could barely get by the smell. When I did there were some redeeming flavor notes, which did not include the peat.
Gah, this stuff was awful. Couldn't get past the astringent smell of standing in a smoky campfire. Taste was just as bad.
If you like peat... then this may be for you as it was smooth even if I hated the flavor profile. I do like scotch... but not this peaty.
Sweet, smokey. All the things I like in Scotch, found in an Irish Whisky.
I loved the flavor and smoothness of it.
Too much peat and ash for my taste
I loved the peaty, yet smokiness of the taste, one to remember...
Absolutely love it,love the smooth peaty taste with the smokey hint,great stuff
Easy and smooth peaty start that grows milder through out. Interesting Irish. Good starter for an introduction to peat.
smooth, peaty nose and slightly peat flavor. Nice change from usual Irish.
My first peat and my last, simply just not for me, still a very interesting experience that all should try
Nathan, just give peat a chance. Don't give up on it :)
Its a good smoky whiskey - worth it - but buy the 12 year peated Connemara.
Perhaps my thoughts are a bit skewed, as this is a nostalgic one for me from back when I moved to Ireland with no money (and spent the little I had on a bottle of Connemara), but it's a lovely whiskey nonetheless. The nose brings a dying campfire into mind, along with the faint smell of burnt marshmallow - smoky, but with a sweetness to it. Taste clears the smoke out a bit, but a fair amount of it is still there along with a bit sweeter notes of barley and a reminder of the salty air by the sea. Finish is the only draw-back for me, as it simply falls a bit short - the peaty taste will linger for a while, but there's no complexity beyond that. All in all, worth a try - worst case scenario, you've got an 'average' for less than 30€.
Very smoky and heavy pest smell and flavor. A bit spicy but not overpowering. The smoke and peat is what you’ll notice the most.
First peated whiskey that I liked. Very smooth finish.
Very smoky. A good whiskey
Too smoky for sipping for me.
I just do not get the appeal of peated whiskey; it’s like drinking smoke.
I’m a fan of peat, so I really enjoyed this one!
Not bad, not bad at all. The taste was a real surprise!
Very nice, didn't expect peat from Irish!
Not a fan of the peat. It's a very smooth whiskey.
Nice approachable peat. Beautiful sweet honey. I would say this is more a of scotch lovers dram, which I am. I would compare this favorably with Port Charlotte Heavily Peated as a good reference point (which I ironically don't find to be that heavily peated compared to most Islay scotch).
Great Peaty-Smokey Nose, Vanilla-Peat-Oaky Body. with Honey Notes. Present smooth Floral Finish.
If you like an interesting peat taste then you may like this one. The peat is not terribly overwhelming. Not really what I enjoy.
interesting, one of only a few drinks that I got from flaviar that i actually not fond of. yet, it is indeed drinkable for summer night.
I really liked the smoked peated flavor this whiskey had. It was very smooth and had a nice vanilla finish.
Too floral for me personally. Felt like I was drinking a pureed rose with a hint of tulips lol. Usually a Jameson drinker so you can gauge my flavor profile.
Sehr schön zu einer guten Gitarre
did not like it too much. tasted like a mud pie my sister used to make when we were kids
Not a terrible whiskey, but not what I was expecting from a Irish Whiskey. The peat threw me off. But, if you go into it wanting to taste scotch, you'll like it.
didn't like the peat taste at all. I don't know what peat is but it made the whiskey taste like the peat moss I use in my garden.
Love the peat and scotch aspect. Joined as one of my favorites
This is too much like scotch for my taste but it does have a nicer aftertaste - smoother and sweeter, can definitely taste the honey, which makes it more drinkable for me.
Smoother than expected with a nice peat taste that resonates long after each sip.
Loved the flavor, good finish, and for a peated whiskey it wasn't completely brutal as others.
The best irish peated single malt
I enjoy peated Scotches, decided to give this a go. I was pleasantly surprised. It is worth giving it a test.
Delightfully peaty with a relatively mellow finish.
Excellent peated whiskey. Can sit-in for a scotch in my glass anyday.
By far my favorite irish that I can regularly buy.
My first peated whisky and it's not even Scotch! Lots of smoke and peat with a hint of sweetness.
I couldn't get it past my nose. Extreme chemical smell. Not sure if it was bad.
Peaty and light
This might just be my favourite whiskey! I thought peat wasn't my thing, but this one proved me wrong.