Connemara, made by Cooley (who are now owned by Jim Beam), is that strangest of things, a peated Irish whiskey. It is unusual for an Irish in other ways too. It is a single malt and double distilled rather than the more usual process of triple distilling used in Ireland. More like a peated Highland than a Islay peat monster, this is an excellent introduction to peat.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: A lovely nose, although not what you might expect for a peated whisky. The peat is definitely in the background allowing some lovely light fruits their place at the fore.
Palate: In addition to the expected apple, there were hints of melon, toffee apples, grape and peaches. Taste-wise, there is more of the fruit and the peat makes a slightly less apologetic appearance.
Retails for around £30