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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.