Connemara Peated Irish Whiskey 40% ABV
Nose: Light peat, a rubbing alcohol note, some vanilla sweetness, a little barley, some additional syrupy floral sweetness. Moderate malt.
Palate: Faint earthy peat, a gentle cinnamon warmth, thick, viscous mouthfeel, malty.
Finish: Warming but quickly fades, not much peat on the finish except at the edges of the maltiness. Faintly medicinal.
Comment: There’s just not much to this at all. It’s uninteresting. There’s nothing here that’d cause me to order this, but there’s nothing offensive either. It just is.
Word is that Connemara’s peated whiskey has been improving somewhat since earlier batches. I’m not impressed with it yet. If anything it shows that peat requires some skill to integrate into a good whiskey.