In 2016 the Connemara Distillers Edition was first released, at a drinking strength of 43% (as opposed to 40% for the standard versions). It is surprisingly dark, so I guess more than just a few sherry casks were used to create it.
The nose confirms this, I must say. Next to the typical mild smoke and vanilla, I get loads of sweet and sour fruit, mostly oranges and lemons. Quite a handful of nuts too, smoked fish and even some ham. It works like a charm. I like it a lot.
The arrival is soft, but very spicy nonetheless. The fruit returns - the influence of the sherry casks is very clear now - while the peat smoke slowly but surely becomes lovely. It has a good body, more so than the regular Peated. This is all about citrus, admittedly, but the nuts do try to push through. Midpalate, it becomes a battle between sweet and salt.
The finish is medium long, sweet and salt at the same time, while the smoke lingers.
Yes, again very good stuff. The Connemara spirit has a harmonious affair with both the bourbon and sherry casks. Around 45 EUR, which is a bargain in this case.