Connemara Cask Strength Review
Distillery: Cooley Distillery
Expression: Cask Strength Peated Single Malt
Category: Single Malt (Yes it is! No misprint)
At 57.9% this powerful peat monster isn’t your typical Irish whiskey that amuses you with lighthearted fruity limericks and tickles your senses with mild spices.
Oh, no, no, no ….
Connemara Cask Strength is an uncontrollable juggernaut that burns down your palate with the blaze of an Über-Islay Scotch and then reincarnates your soul in the middle of a chocolate-barley-hazelnut wonderland.
Typically, I’m all for adding a bit of water to high-proof whiskeys to take reduce the alcohol burn and detect some hidden notes.
But in this case, I prefer to unleash the Connemara on my taste buds full-on, letting the demon run rampant like a prime Genghis Khan, destroying everything in its path before giving way to an eloquent smoothness.
If you’re an Islay fan hunt down a bottle of this stuff, crack it open in the aisle of the liquor, and watch as the heavens split open and the angels start dancing on your taste buds when you take your first sip.
Connemara Cask Strength Tasting Notes
Nose: Lemon, Sawdust, Light peat
Palate: Agressive peat, malted cereal, chocolate, barley, spice
Finish: Peat gives way to a delectable malted, burnt-hazelnut long-lasting and quite memorable finish