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I’ve not long emptied a bottle of this whiskey, so I thought it would be best to put up a review to finally put it to rest!
Connemara is Ireland’s only peated single malt, and this is generally seen as the “standard” bottling that they produce. To start with it looks quite light, and the smell just confirms that. The peat is prominent but not overbearing; it’s quite sweet and fresh as well.
When tasting this malt, I thought it was decidedly smooth for a peated whiskey. It wasn’t heavy or too powerful, and was almost flowery and cheerful to the taste, can’t think of a better way to put that into words really! It is very drinkable, easy to enjoy and would be a good introduction to the world of peated whiskies. I could very easily imagine starting with this light tasting peat, then working my way up through some Islay malts towards the heavy kick of a Laphroaig.
So to summarise, it’s a wonderfully light and enjoyable peated whiskey, it’s no surprise that Connemara are finding a lot of success when they are producing whiskies such as this!