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Connemara produce a peated Irish single malt, named for the area in Ireland.
Nose: Well-smoked and peated, heather freshness and floral notes with a honeyed sweetness and a little wood.
Palate: Full and smooth with notes of malt and peat, honeyed smoke and barley sweetness.
Finish: Long and pungent with honey and peat smoke.
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The tastes & smells of this Uiscé Beathá breathe of a small quaint cottage on the west coast of Connaght. Sitting beside a small peat fire with a cuppa tea & a honey biscuit. It is soothing to the soul, something familiar & homey about it, just comforting.
1st May 2016
It's not the peat, not the sweetness. It's the horrible finish: like burned rubber tyre. Maybe I am not used to Irish whiskies but that's what I felt. I gave the bottle to a friend.
21st April 2016
I first tasted this whiskey at a great Irish pub in Cary, NC USA. Connemara is a wonderful departure from the whiskeys that rely heavily on oak. The peat tones are more intense that smoke which is a great way to warm up on cold winter evenings. Top Notch!
26th February 2016
Was gifted a bottle of this and immediately thought it looked like last minute airport tourist tat - was set on re-gifting it to someone but opened it last night - oh my, should have gone with gut instinct. This is truly rubbish whiskey - so sweet with an almost entirely unrelated kick of peat - totally agree with others saying its like it's been added afterwards - there are tons of better peated out there - avoid!!
24th January 2016
Really enjoy this whiskey. Growing up in Ireland the taste reminds me of sitting next to a turf fire. It has all the natural peaty aromas one could ask for. As for leaving peaty to the Scots . Well Comsdering Ireland uses more peat in every aspect of daily life than the Scots, they have every right to use it in there whiskies. Top notch !
5th January 2016
A fruity and just slightly smoky flavor struck me as typical of this whiskey. A good compliment to the Scotch Islay whiskies I normally enjoy.
15th December 2015
This is the reason I stopped drinking Scotch. This peated Irish is a little like drinking liquid smoke. I will go back to the sweet taste so Bushmills.
5th December 2015
Decided to give it a go after finding it at the airport for just 18£, and I am glad I did not spend more for it.I see myself joining the "no effing way - team", and here's why: being used to scotch peated classics, I wanted to try something different, and Connemara Peated seemed the most reasonable thing to try in order to follow a logical sequence. All I found was an overly sugary base with what feels like being an added aroma of watery peat, on the nose as well as the palate. The smoke is overly pervasive, and only after 15 minutes in the glass and a proper swirl of the tongue I could be able to taste something else, which was just layers and layers of flat honey. Such disappointment.But seeing such opposed opinions, my only suspect is that for some reason there has been a shipment of bad bottles all around the world. I might try it again in a couple of years time to see if I am wrong.
17th November 2015
I was introduced to Connemara by an Irish bar owner in New Orleans (go figure) and I am forever grateful. I have long been an ardent fan of Laphroaig 10-year-old Scotch whiskey for its rich, peaty, smoky flavor and Connemara is the first whiskey I've found from anywhere that can stand up to Laphroaig. Connemara is not better, mind, but certainly Laphroaig's equal and with a flavor all its own. If you like Laphroaig or any of the other peaty malts from Islay, you owe it to yourself to try Connemara.
13th November 2015
I like the balance of peat, smoke and sweetness. It also has a nice herbal note and a bit of moss to it. I thought it was a fine one for brisk afternoon.
3rd August 2015
it's so beatyful - well balance with smoky & fruits, easy to drink and enjoy every drop!
12th July 2015
Just as the tasting lads state...fine mineral nose, not over powering peat suttle smoke and long on the .palate. Different but very pleasing.
15th June 2015
outstanding . heavily smoked.
11th June 2015
Leave peat to the folks on Islay
23rd May 2015
an Irish guy recommended it when I was in Ireland. great choice to rep your country. people are crazy saying it's nasty. they must not have a taste or experience in Irish whiskey. FYI it's not scotch so don't listen to those reviews
23rd April 2015
Terrible stuff! Peat, sure, but it's sickly sweet and the balance is way off. Used it quite effectively to make a cocktail with limoncello and champagne which was good. Neat, no way - rather drink any of the cheap blends and I am a real peat lover!
8th April 2015
I think Connemara (one of my top-three choices, until recently) lost some of its nose, body and finish, and generally tastes more watery. Have been enjoying it over 10 years, and the difference is both striking and lamentable. Anybody with similar observations? (Either my taste buds have been usurped by Islay, or we have an inferior batch sold to Russia).
24th March 2015
The nose: smoky, grassy fields, grapes. The Palette: very minimal taste, quick leather and fairly heavy barley, then light lemon, but overwith quickly. The Finish: leather for a few brief moments and then a light lemon before fading out. Overall a very mild drink that packs initial smoky peat aromas and then when drank loses almost all heft to become a clean, light, briefly flavored dram. The wife liked its lightness but i found it quickly gone flavor wise and though smooth not a deep sipping dram for my particular tastes.
5th February 2015
Wonderful stuff ! Floral malty and a peat profile that is all its own not at all like a islay peated scotch, highly recommended for those with a experienced palate and open to savor something rather unique :)
22nd January 2015
People who are bashing om the fine irish whisky should really explore the world of whiskys and come back to this one after theyve gained enough experience. .maturity! It is wonderful stuff reminds me of a summer day in a field on the coast if new Brunswick, not at all the same as a peated scotch it is in a league all its own, great stuff!!!
Impressed with this! It smells like turf briquettes and charcoal with a delicious, almost dark chocolate, smokey flavour. A long and very pleasant after taste follows. Excellent whiskey. Couldn't recommend it enough!
25th December 2014
Smokey Peatey malt, a great sipper reminiscent of a classic speyside heavy...just a little subdued
22nd December 2014
I not a single malt snob that can pick out each flavor but love SMW. This my first bottle at its a solid SM whiskey with good taste all the way through. I enjoyed it and would recommend it as an honest good tasting product.
4th December 2014
An interesting variation on the theme. So many whiskeys so little...you know the rest
28th November 2014
My favourite whiskey, lovely peaty taste, like sipping whiskey in front of a turf fire. For those who like whiskey rather than scotch.
15th October 2014
And you have to understand that, all you peat snobs!The style is different, the taste is different, not beter, not worse, just different.
10th October 2014
having tried numerous variations of smoky Scottish whisky I decided to give this Irish peated whiskey a go. The result that I'm very disappointed I should have had a sample before buying a full bottle.
25th September 2014
I must say that I like this whiskey. It is always the same tasting a new bottle after a while it's decided and Connemara has simply passed.
8th September 2014
It starts with a flavor that reminds me of olives. And it does finish on the bitter side, which I find can be remedied with a dilution. Not much in the way of nosing.... seems to have a relatively weak aroma. But still enjoyable to drink, as long as you're not expecting liquid gold!
31st August 2014
I hear the Angels singing! Best drink I ever had.
23rd August 2014
My son gave me this for Father's Day and together we have enjoyedthe silky smoothness of this Whiskey. We couldn't find anything tocomplain about. If you are looking for something special we would highly recommend you try this.One review likened it to the taste of coal! If coal taste like that I will buy a sack immediately!!
22nd July 2014
If you've ever unthinkingly licked your fingers or eaten with your hands after handling coal you'll know the taste.I picked a bottle up from the local Asda last year and it was like sucking the bogwater out of a damp sod of turf.Due to its excellent reviews elsewhere and many gold medals, I'm going to have to assume that either the bottle I had was corked (if whiskey can cork?) due to Asda storing it on its side for so long, or else I must have had a bad batch.Long-story-short; extremely chemical-ey, tasted like coal, wouldn't buy again unless it turned out that my bottle was corked and therefore unrepresentative of the drink as a whole.
3rd July 2014
Lovethearomsand the smoothly
3rd June 2014
One of the worst single malts I have tried....and I have tried more than a dozen in the last two years. Starts out fine, then winds up like Johnny Walker, that is, like diesel fuel....strong diesel fuel. I can't even think of anyone to whom I could give this stuff.
13th May 2014
Good first nose and taste, then disaster. Very bitter ending. Too bad. Worst whiskey I ever tasted ? But too damn close to try it again. Just not very good at all.
I can't even GIVE this bottle away :-(
8th May 2014
When I first uncorked the bottle, the aroma of campfire assaulted my olfactory senses. I decided to give it a tray anyway. I didn't get any sense of honey sweetness when it hit my tongue. If you know what turpentine smells like, well that's the leftover flavor that was left swirling around on my taste buds. I even tried a shot of it mixed with Irish cream just to see if I could palate the $64 worth of smoke water. Nothing doing..I could not choke it down that way, either. You know what this really reminds me of? Imagine soaking smoked herring in water over night and then drinking the water. It's that bad. I purchased a bottle of this from Marketview Liquor in Henrietta, NY on 5/7/2014. I'd love my money back and would be willing to try one of your other products, but this peated whiskey is just plain raunchy.
This stuff is a bit special.
8th April 2014
A lightly peated Irish, very pleasing, mild and refreshing, a good introduction to this style of whiskey.
27th March 2014
not a bad whiskey i see so many people complaining about this whisky compairing it to islay scotch whisky plz no more. its noting trying to be a islay whisky its irish whiskey. back to the whiskey i find it very refreshing fresh cut grass on a summers day taste very smokey peat is very strong but overall not bad
29th January 2014
Interesting nose with more floral sweetness than I've ever found in any Scottish peated malt. It is there on the palate as well, at first, but then it finishes with a clash between peated smoke and an intrudingly smooth barley sweetness that leaves the impression of hay where pigeons have been roosting in. I don't personally dislike it altogether but objectively it's not very good.
For me this was overpriced. It's priced like an Islay, (in my town anyways) but doesn't bring much to the table against them. I get a Tyrconnell maltyness to it, and the peat of course, but the two for some reason just don't go together. And to be totally honest, by the bottom of the glass I started getting a rather odd taste to it. I prefer an Islay over anything else, and I do like a lot of the Irish Whiskeys, so I'm not an Irish Whiskey hater, but this is not something I'll purchase again.
4th January 2014
25th December 2013
If we had known how good this whisky was, we would have purchased more on our travels overseas, now we have to order it from Australia.
11th November 2013
Woooow there! You seem to have left quite a few of these Mike!!! Sorry your reviews weren't approved sooner (they do have to be approved by the way) but you're beginning to make us feel a bit like Kevin! It's scary...http://youtu.be/tBte2Ggpt9A - The Chaps at Master of Malt
29th August 2013
Nothing of note. It was fine scotch but it did not leave an impression...which was slightly disappointing. Good for mid shelf bar scotch.
23rd August 2013
Top Notch.Best value for money, ever!
This kind of review you allow??But my sincere reviews of all the Connemara's you delete.Jeez what an unprofessional "business" you are running./mike-stockholm-sweden
22nd August 2013
A fantastic great value for money whiskey from Cooley.Taste is lovely peaty and the typical Connemara flavour is present.This whiskey is on my Top 10 best peat single malt list.If you are a "peat head" you will not regret buying this bottle!/mike-stockholm-sweden
I am not sure how this product can use the Connemara name, it is not produced there, I bought my first and only bottle because I assumed that it was distilled in Connemara, it is not.I will not purchase any more
8th August 2013
As an Irishman I was not impressed by Connemara's peated attempt. It was not 'Irish' in flavour at all; it was like Scotland's jealous Irish cousin wanting to join in the peat game. It was a no-man's-land to my palate; the nose was overwhelmingly burning turf with a pungent astringent thrown on to stoke the flames, the taste was bogwater and very little to counteract it (some floral and medicinal notes came through after chewing) and the long finish was burnt turf again. I detected no complexity, no mature range of flavours. Really wanted to like this one, but unfortunately not for me. I'll buy my peated whiskies from Scotland. Ireland should stick to what they do best - Irish whiskey.
6th August 2013
Mild irish turf, just as you would expect. Not as severe as the Cask Strength or the Turf Mor, but still very good.
29th May 2013
Was looking to try an irish single malt, being very drawn to the scottish islays I was very impressed with this little gem of a single malt.
15th March 2013
Well peated and smokey keep the bottles rolling in.
21st January 2013
Floral and musty with a moderate peat to it. Pinecones and dusty warehouses with cereals and a slight iodine/rubbery note on the finish. Light wood/grass notes as well. Mouthfeel is unfortunately watery at only 40%. I don't find that it's terribly comparable to any Scotch malt, although there is a slight resemblance to Bowmore.
3rd December 2012
This is a very well made whisky, MoM tasting notes a spot on, I found that this whisky has more in common with Longrow than any of the Islay malts, If you like peated whisky this may be a new favourite, personaly I think the texture could be better and so could the finish, but there is no getting away from the fact that this is a good whisky over all, I would suggest that you should buy a bottle of the single cask Connemara if you can get it, it's non chill-filltered and irons out all the rough parts that are in the "standard" Connemara.
2nd January 2012
Mmmmmmmmmmmm. Connemara. Irish peat Perfection.
5th December 2010
Really comparable to the Benriach Curiositas or Benromach Peated. To me it should be a bit more oily in the palate. Still a respected bottling.
16th February 2010