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Connemara 12 Year Old Peated Whiskey

Connemara 12 Year Old Peated Whiskey

Size: 0,75 l
(40.0% ABV)
$74.99
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  • BrandConnemara
  • CategoryIrish Whiskey
  • CountryIreland
  • DistilleryCooley
  • Age12 Year Old
  • Style Single Malt Irish Whiskey
  • Alcohol40.0%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 Warning.

Connemara 12 Peated Irish Whiskey is a premium Islay Single Malt born on the wrong side of town.

If you look at a map of Ireland, you will see a tip of land pointing out as the western-most point — that’s the district of Connemara. The Cooley Distillery is on the other side of the country, but that’s where they make Connemara Whiskey these days, alongside Kilbeggan, Tryconnell, 2 Gingers, and a few other Irish gems.

Cooley has won more than three hundred awards since they consolidated operations there in 1985. Shieeeeet. Pretty impressive, don’t you think? They market all of their products under the master brand of Kilbeggan.

Connemara is different… REALLY different. It says "Irish Whiskey" right up front on the label, but it is not what you expect. Sure, it’s a Whiskey and it’s made in Ireland. But Connemara is a Single Malt, where most Irish Whiskeys are a grain mixture. And all Connemara Whiskeys are peated. Now look at that map of Ireland again. The Connemara is made closer to Islay Scotland — just across the Irish sea. And that is what it tastes like.

The good folks at Cooley Distillery have crafted a premium, peated Single Malt Whiskey that you would swear comes from across the sea. So, is Connemara 12 an Irish Whiskey? Legally yes, to your taste buds maybe, but what matters is that if you enjoy high-end Bowmore or Laphroaig, you should consider this troublemaker too. Need another reason? Connemara has probably won more awards than the Scotches we're comparing it to!

Flavor Spiral TM
  • smoky smoky
  • vanilla cream vanilla cream
  • lemon peel lemon peel
  • sweet sweet
  • pear pear
  • oily oily
  • nutmeg nutmeg
  • honey honey
  • hazelnuts hazelnuts
Appearance / Color
Honey Gold
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Lemon, D’anjou pear, oily peat, and cream.
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Nicely sweet with wet peat and crème brûlée by a beach campfire.
 
Finish 
Light with a bit of vanilla, smoked nutmeg, and hazelnut.

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Connemara 12 Peated Irish Whiskey is a premium Islay Single Malt born on the wrong side of town.

If you look at a map of Ireland, you will see a tip of land pointing out as the western-most point — that’s the district of Connemara. The Cooley Distillery is on the other side of the country, but that’s where they make Connemara Whiskey these days, alongside Kilbeggan, Tryconnell, 2 Gingers, and a few other Irish gems.

Cooley has won more than three hundred awards since they consolidated operations there in 1985. Shieeeeet. Pretty impressive, don’t you think? They market all of their products under the master brand of Kilbeggan.

Connemara is different… REALLY different. It says "Irish Whiskey" right up front on the label, but it is not what you expect. Sure, it’s a Whiskey and it’s made in Ireland. But Connemara is a Single Malt, where most Irish Whiskeys are a grain mixture. And all Connemara Whiskeys are peated. Now look at that map of Ireland again. The Connemara is made closer to Islay Scotland — just across the Irish sea. And that is what it tastes like.

The good folks at Cooley Distillery have crafted a premium, peated Single Malt Whiskey that you would swear comes from across the sea. So, is Connemara 12 an Irish Whiskey? Legally yes, to your taste buds maybe, but what matters is that if you enjoy high-end Bowmore or Laphroaig, you should consider this troublemaker too. Need another reason? Connemara has probably won more awards than the Scotches we're comparing it to!

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  • BrandConnemara
  • CategoryIrish Whiskey
  • CountryIreland
  • DistilleryCooley
  • Age12 Year Old
  • Style Single Malt Irish Whiskey
  • Alcohol40.0%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 Warning.
Flavor Spiral TM
  • smoky smoky
  • vanilla cream vanilla cream
  • lemon peel lemon peel
  • sweet sweet
  • pear pear
  • oily oily
  • nutmeg nutmeg
  • honey honey
  • hazelnuts hazelnuts
Appearance / Color
Honey Gold
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Lemon, D’anjou pear, oily peat, and cream.
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Nicely sweet with wet peat and crème brûlée by a beach campfire.
 
Finish 
Light with a bit of vanilla, smoked nutmeg, and hazelnut.

Customer Reviews

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James
My absolute favorite Irish Whi...

My absolute favorite Irish Whisky, gorgeously smoky but so easy-drinking it's a crime. If you straddle the lines between Scotch and Irish, you'll adore this bottle.

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Can
It's Alright, I Guess

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guest
Pretty Darn Good!

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guest
Excellent spirit. Admittedly ...

Excellent spirit. Admittedly I was expecting more peaty/smokiness. It's a different peat flavor than I experience with Scottish whiskies, much less saltiness and no savory notes to be found at all. On the nose I first find notes of vanilla with a hint of smokiness, hard to describe the smokiness but there's none of the typical "road tar" that's common in Scottish malts. The first thing I taste is smoke, it's not overpowering, then come notes of crème brûlée and caramel. Interesting flavor combination, I do prefer the savory notes I get from Caol Ila or other peated scotches rather than these sweeter notes, but I'd never turn this spirit away.

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guest
Too peaty, but unique For an I...

Too peaty, but unique For an Irish whiskey.