Irish Whiskey - Single Malt

Connemara Peated Single Malt Pot Still Irish Whiskey

From: Ireland Liquor Review Category: Single Malt Irish Whiskey

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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015

Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014

Wine Enthusiast

  • 2011

Proof66 Notes

The Connemara Peated Pot Still whiskey is Kilbeggan's (formerly Cooley's) Irish whiskey named for the famous region in Ireland. It will remind consumers more of a scotch-like flavor with the smoky peatiness of the whiskey.

The Connemara whiskies have their malt dried over a peat fire, yielding special aroma and flavor. Their whiskey is a "tribute to the region" where peat is still used as a fuel source.

Cooley Distillery launched in 1987 as the after converting a potato ethanol plant on the Cooley Peninsula by John Teeling. Their stated aim is to revive historical brands and traditional distilling of Irish whiskey. Cooley purchased several labels to give the new label credibility (Tyrconnel, for example). They mature their whiskey at the site of Kilbeggan and today produce a wide range of different styles. In January, 2012, they were acquired by Beam, Inc and took on the name Kilbeggan.

Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 8 ratings and 8 reviews.
Cranecreek Cranecreek (51) (2016-01-15)
Bourbon is my forte'. But occasionally I venture out of my comfort zone and try other whiskeys. I was intrigued by this non-conformist Irish whiskey and decided to try it. The nose makes me think of a Summer sunflower field-pipe tobacco and fresh baled alfalfa. The sweetness of an old honey hive. The taste is the same as the nose and even improves on it. The peat smoke tastes more like that old honey drenched bee hive I noted. Lemon grass and sourdough. And a touch briny, like an oyster. Ginseng also comes to mind. Far removed from my familiar bourbon flavors, although I find it soothing and comforting to sip. Don't over dilute or all the magic of this whiskey will disappear.
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lpy89 lpy89 (173) (2015-05-22)
Although im not generally into whiskeys of any category, this is one of the few that surprised me in a while. Unlike many other Irish whiskeys this has a medium-light smokiness to it, along with good banana presence. This is light and smooth like your typical Irish Whiskeys, but has more character.
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scollings scollings (83) (2014-06-12)
I agree and disagree with the other reviewers. This is Irish Whiskey, not Scotch, and the smoke flavor is not strong, but rather subtle, which in my opinion is preferable. This notion that grain alcohol mixed with liquid smoke makes for a superior Scotch escapes me, This, however, is a most excellent "Scotch-Irish Whiskey"
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Muncher Muncher (263) (2014-03-29)
I really do enjoy this one. The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is I can't help but think of lighter fluid when I nose it. It's very unique and worth buying a bottle though. Smooth with the Irish sweetness, yet peaty without the saltiness that one would expect to accompany the peat.
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UpInSmoke UpInSmoke (4) (2014-03-27)
My introduction to the Cooley Distillery was through the late and greatly missed Trader Joe's Irish Single Malt which retailed for $20. Is the much lauded "legit" version, Connemara's Peated Single Malt, worth more than twice? Emphatically yes! It is TJ's Irish carried to the next level - more depth, more dried fruits, more smoke. But most important - it's the way those elements are integrated. And how they linger - in consort - on a long, long finish. Different but every bit the equal of the Laphroaig 10 or the Ardbeg Uigeadail.
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rocketman42 rocketman42 (10) (2013-11-30)
I have a fiend who is a died hard scotch drinker, so I bought this bottle in anticipation of one of his visits. I did not think I liked peat, but this changed my mind. I found it to be very smokey and very smooth. It doesn't have that acidic flavor that usually goes with a heavy peat. I recommend a try.
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Allan Allan (160) (2013-06-12)
Connemara completely redefines the category of Irish whiskey to me. While there is definitely a smoky, peaty flavor there it doesn't overpower the other flavors. Dried fruit and a bit of butter toffee join in for an exceptionally well balanced whiskey. So smooth I have yet to try it with water. A must try.
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Eire94 Eire94 (6) (2012-10-25)
Greatest whiskey I have ever tried!
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