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You already guessed this is a heavily peated version – around 58 ppm which is in the range of Ardbeg and well above Lagavulin or Laphroaig. The regular Connemara contains around 20 ppm phenols. It’s 3 years old.
Nose: nice round peat profile. Sweet almonds, smoked tea, a few floral notes (soft lavender). Nice fruity notes: apples, citrus marmalade, violet and strawberry candy, some white chocolate. Some dried fruits. A rubbery and medicinal edge as well. Really enjoyable.
Mouth: strong attack with thick, creamy peat. Not a lot of smoke though. Growing a little herbal. Soft vanilla. Burnt sugar. Citrus peel.
Finish: long and drying, on peat, cereal notes and vanilla.
This Connemara shows heavy peat but in another way than most Islay distilleries. The added roundness and fruitiness brings a nice variation on the theme. This will be popular.