Connemara 12 YO

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Ireland
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is fruity and herbal with a hint of peat. At first there’s a mix of grass, herbs and green fruits. The peatiness is found out around the edges and it’s a floral peat with a hint of bonfire smoke. There’s also a vanilla and heather honey sweetness in the center. The whole character is rather unique and slightly weird. The fruitiness is green apples and a squeeze of lemon. This is a great nose, but it comes with a love or hate feel to it. It’s not for everybody.

Mouth: It starts out with a mild sweetness. After a few seconds a lemon and vanilla note starts to to rise in the back. After that, a surge of floral and herbal notes comes in together with peat and apples. There’s a slight dustiness and a thin nail polish remover note as well. The heather honey return with time. It’s just as unique in taste as on the nose. There’s a big flavour profile but it lacks in power.

Finish: The transition is mild and highlights the peat for a short while, which still is herbal, but now has a gritty note added. Afterwards all the other flavours return and it just continues down the same grassy, floral and fruity path as before. It has a quite long finish with the gritty peat note as main focal point in the late finish. The oakiness arrives late and it’s a nice enough addition, but nothing special. This is a good whisky with a big and weird flavour profile but it lacks power to support it. Some will adore it, but many won’t.

Additional information
This whisky was made at the Cooley distillery with peated (20 PPM) barley from Scotland. It’s double distilled and then aged in ex-bourbon barrels.

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