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Connemara Ambassadors Choice 2001/2009, Cask 1L1252

Soft and Sweet

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

23rd Mar 2011


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Connemara is Cooley's special whisky as this one is double distilled (while most Irish whiskies are triple distilled). Moreover, it's peated. Connemara doesn't use chill filtration or coloring. I've tried quite a few already and none dissappoint. Today I'm trying the Connemara Ambassador's Choice, a single cask (#1L1252), distilled on 27th March 2001 and bottled on 24th August 2009 at 49% ABV.

This very pale Irish dram offers lovely citrus fruit (lime), honey and vanilla on the nose, but only a touch of peat in the background. Let it sit in the glass for a few minutes and the peat will be more pronounced, but never very strong or overwhelming. It also gets something farmy with time. Quite soft.

On the palate, it's a different story. Firm body with quite some peppers. The aromas from the nose return. This whiskey is very sweet and far too drinkable.

The finish is lingering, warm and very sweet, with a salty finishing touch.

You can still find this bottle for around £40. It's worth it, alright, but I would recommend the Cask Strength of Turf Mor over this one.

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