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Connemara has a few gems. Remember the Turf Mor or the Sherry Finish or some of their single casks? But let us return now to their entry level malt, the Connemara Peated Single Malt. I tried it many years ago and was not blown away, but you know as well as I do that wisdom comes with years. How knows? Maybe this new batch is much better.
The first whiff does not offer a lot, bar some sweetness as if from banana peel. This transforms into apple juice, pears and some mandarin after a while. Green grapes, too. The whole is wrapped in a mildly smoky blanket.
It is fruity sweet on the palate as well, but the peat is now much more prominent. Nicely spicy on ginger and some black pepper, but it also has an edge of wet newspaper which I find rather off-putting. And unfortunately that part starts to dominate.
The finish is medium long on loads of spices.
Not a bad whisky, but by far the least of the Connemara range I have tried so far. Pity. Thanks for the sample, Patrick.