Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey 700ml
Connemara is a wild, mountainous region on the west coast of Ireland, lying between the Atlantic Ocean and Loughs Corrib and Mask. The peat bogs of Connemara are major fuel sources to the region and have played an important role throughout Irish history as an energy source and in the production of whiskey. However, as many of the distilleries in Ireland were located alongside a canal, the transport and use of coal in distilleries became more efficient than peat. This temporarily killed the tradition of drying malted barley over peat fires in the production of whiskey. Managing Director of Cooley Distillery, David Hynes and chairman John Teeling have resurrected this traditional Irish custom, creating Ireland's only peated malt. Noted whisky writer, Michael Jackson commented of Connemara “The revival of rustic peatiness adds a whole new element to today’s palette of Irish whiskey flavours…Lots happening. Chimney pots of smoke. I love this whiskey.” (Whisky Magazine Issue 15) Connemara Peated Single Malt was placed fourth in the Irish Whiskey category at Best of the Best 2003 and received a double gold and Best of Irish at the San Fransisco World Spirits Competition 2004. “Beautifully gilded in peat reek, this rare and highly original spirit is more than a must for lovers of peated whiskey.”
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Gold colour with pale straw hue. Potpourri scents at first, with lavender particularly evident, then deeper orange marmalade and toasty oak notes with the peat being sweet and reminiscent of smokey bacon.
Soft, round palate entry leads into a brittle, sweet grainy burst with a chewy mouthfeel. The perfectly harmonised peat neither dominates nor detracts from the primary flavours. Finishes with moderate length and turns drier with vanilla, toffee apple and spice.
Varietal Composition:
Irish Whiskey