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Connemara is the peaty whiskey from Cooley, since a few years in hands of Beam (and this year most likely in the hands of Suntory). This single cask was bottled especially for The Nectar Belgium and already appeared in 2007. Apparently this was one of the first five casks produced in the starting year 1991. Today it is all but impossible to find. The Malt Maniacs awarded this a silver medal. Nice detail: it was distilled on 19 September 1991 and bottled on 19 September 2007, 16 years day to day.
The nose is pretty soft with loads of citrus. Oranges and lemon. The peat is not exactly discrete, but rather sweet, making it somewhat soft. Pretty floral is you ask me. Violets and some parsley. If you wait long enough, some caramel shines through.
Good body. Very fat on the palate. The citrus makes room for some banana and dried apricots. Vanilla and nutmeg kick in. A bit smoky, but the peat remains soft. Very inviting and nicely balanced.
The finish is long, sweet (but not overly so) and warm.
Great Connemara, no more no less. If you look carefully, you might spot this one for around 110 EUR.