All In the Family
Review by @OdysseusUnbound
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From what I can find online, Connemara is owned by Beam Suntory and is part of the Kilbeggan brand portfolio, er, I mean the Kilbeggan Family. I believe this sample was distilled at the Cooley distillery rather than the Kilbeggan distillery, but who knows? The Kilbeggan distillery has been active since 2007-2008 so perhaps production of Connemara has been moved there. Then again, Beam Suntory also owns the Cooley distillery so maybe not.
This is from a sample provided by @Nozinan It was opened Sept 17, 2019 and gassed the following day.
Neat from a Highland whisky glass
- Nose: earthy, lightly smoky, caramel sweetness underneath, floral, apples, a hint of red fruits
- Palate: light bodied, earthy, slightly nutty
- Finish: short, some peat returning, some weak lapsang souchong tea, caramel apples, a bit vegetal. Interesting. Too bad it’s bottled at such a low abv. It would be interesting to try it the Cask Strength version. Depending on the price, I’d probably buy a bottle of Connemara. It would be a great introduction to peated whiskies for a guest who’s not quite “down with the smoke” yet. And even though it's only 40% abv, it's a pleasant dram.
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@OdysseusUnbound thank you for your review. You are quite right. Connemara Cask Strength IS the one you want to try. Connemara CS is unfortunately much more difficult to find, however, here, and, I expect, in most locales.
I have finished one bottle of Connemara CS and am proudly and happily sitting on one more bottle of it unopened. Over 10 years the two occasions on which I bought the two individual bottles were almost the only two occasions on which I have ever seen it available for sale.
Here was my take in 2011:
The other two Connosr reviews of it each also scored in the 90s.
2 years ago 5Who liked this?
@Victor Based on your review, Connemara CS sounds like a whiskey I'd very much want to try. I've been impressed with everything I've tried from Cooley. The Tyrconnell 16 Year was my favourite Irish whiskey last year. Nothing fancy, but it's a well-made malt, properly aged in first-fill ex-bourbon casks. The Tyrconnell 15 Year Madeira Cask was almost as good.
2 years ago 3Who liked this?
@OdysseusUnbound - thanks for this review. I was gifted a bottle a couple of years ago but haven't opened it yet. Reviews seem quite mixed but I sense you like similar styles of peat as myself so will now look forward to opening it, cheers!
2 years ago 1Who liked this?
Connemara CS rocks.
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