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Connemara Peated Single Malt was a nice addition into the peaty world of whisky. It wasn't a super heavyweight or even a heavyweight but I consider it a good contender. And I'm more than enthusiastic to try Connemara's other products such as Connemara Turf Mor.
This reminded me of the great Elia Kazan's movie On the Waterfront. In my book, the greatest work by Marlon Brando. It reminded me about Brando's character Terry Malloy reminiscing to his brother: "I could have been somebody, a contender"
In Connemara's case the Peated Single Malt is not a reminiscence but it might be a promise to smoky whisky lovers. "Stick with us, we are a contender."
Nose: I expected light smoke but this had more than a light touch of peaty smoke, very nice. Floral and slightly stingy.
Taste: Salty and dry peat. Woody with hints of vanilla.
Finish: Light peat, nicely warm and with good length.
Balance: I guess you could call this a little one-sided, not so complex. Good and warmingly peaty though.