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Connemara Peated

Fruity peat

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@UisgebethaReview by @Uisgebetha

10th Nov 2014


Connemara Peated
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  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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Made at the Cooley Distillery in County Louth, I’m not too sure what this malt has to do with Connemara region which is on the opposite side of the island of Ireland. The Connemara landscape certainly makes a nice picture on the tube and it looks like the kind of place a peaty Irish whiskey might hail from.

The nose is shared almost equally between soft peat, fruits and barley malt, with a very subtle hint of marzipan. The fruit is mainly nectarine, with a touch of slightly burnt apple. A very enjoyable aroma.

The three themes continue through the palate with the undercurrent of peat being a trifle stronger with a slightly bitter edge complimenting the sweet apple and peachy flavours. Juicy malt completes the package, which that slightly bitter peat note apart, is very pleasant.

The finish is fruity and sweet and quite short, probably its weakest suite. A higher alcohol content might have helped.

Anyone who likes peaty whisk(e)y should try this as a contrast to Islay and other highly peated malts.

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