Connemara 22-year-old

Overall rating
86.52/100
votes
136
Whiskybase ID
WB58471
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Peated Single Malt
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
22 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrels
Number of bottles
3996
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L14084
Barcode
5099357003739
Added on
29 sep 2014 4:48 pm by ted.striker
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 350.44

30 × in wishlist

136 × member ratings

249 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Connemara 22-year-old

27 users have left 28 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.52 points.

  1. BehindSpace scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    strange while nosing

    strange on the tongue

    weird mixture of tropical whiskey and peaty flavours.
    I may have preferred this one non peaty
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. Obynapewno scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Very light smoke, vanilla, peach, honey, leather
    • Taste
      86 86
      Gentle smoke, sweet, caramel, some citrus
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium, the smoke smoothly turns into notes of spices, pepper, decently

  3. Merl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. LDB scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Smoky, peaty lemon and a burnt plastic bag - pardon me? For a 22yo this is quite a disappointment, it even feels rough and untamed on the palate, even if it is more balanced on the nose.
    I cannot say I liked this expression too much. It feels and tastes like a VERY simple whiskey. Nothing wrong with that per se, but not for 100+ Euros!

  5. Dris scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. gaboruso scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. craide scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A great Irishman for me. Combination of smoke, fruit and oak is really successful. Varied malt but not too demanding.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Light, subtle but very pleasant smoke, campfire BBQ style, fruity like pear, peach and apricot, plus something reminiscent of honeydew melon with bacon. Light honey sweetness with vanilla and caramelized sugar, popcorn, when the smoke fades away, fruit notes and sweetness are in the foreground. There is also a nice woodiness with some furniture polish and fresh morning forest floor. From the back it looks slightly fresh like mint, menthol.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Relatively soft, almost creamy start. The smoke exudes a slightly peppery flavor. Honey, vanilla and slightly salty. Herbal aroma and sweetish-fruity like apple-pear compote, slightly exotic touch with peach, mango and apricot. Fruit notes are carried by a slightly nutty aroma. Sher nicely varied and balanced.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium-long finish, becoming dry with more oak flavor, subtle smoke with a little espresso. Slightly salty with mint

  9. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Comparison between Connemara 12yo (WID: 65770) and Connemara 22yo (WID: 58471)

    It starts with the 12 series. The smoke is rather special, but not overly strong. The smoke goes in the herbal direction with slight rubber notes. The fruits are rather fresh. Meadow fruit. Flowery notes and floral honey.
    The herbs and especially the rubber notes are stronger in the mouth. First a lot of sweetness. White tea with a lot of sugar candy. Then it gets a bit tart and wood seasoning begins. Some liquorice too.

    Now the 22. Compared to the 12, the 22 has more barrel influence. The fruits are mandarin, candied lemon and ginger. I like the smoke better on the 22er. It does not have these rubber notes, but the herbs have a higher quality. In addition, something like coniferous forest. Overall looks more harmonious and yet more intense than the 12er.

    The 12er is somehow funny and interesting due to its special smoke. The sample is enough for me.
    The 22 looks overall more balanced. Quite decent whiskey. It does not trigger a buying stimulus for me.

  10. thebonewolf scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Overall, I found this to be an excellent whiskey. The cask influence was there, the spirit was good, the peat from the malting had some influence as well.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Apple, vanilla, orange, wood.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Smoke, malt, bright fruit, citrus.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Short, fruity malt.

  11. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A really nice whiskey. Pleasant, mature and set with ner flag smoke.
    • Nose
      Blind Sample:

      Colour:
      Shiny gold

      Nose:
      A subtle smoky note and sweetener. A little cold ache and honey. I mean to recognize the smoke and the sweetener. Have Conemara Peated, who smells similar. The colleague gets a bit saltier and shows moist humus. Clear on the nose, but restrained. Sweetened mint tea and softwood oil. A very nice balanced nose. With some time in the glass nougat makes itself felt. And oily pickled, light fruit. A trace of old leather and cinnamon. I think this nose is great. Mature, set and satisfied old.
    • Taste
      Soft start. Then a little spicy smoke and light biting on the tongue. But then it gets creamier. Honey again. Add vanilla and slightly salty caramel. The elegant, mature taste but also produces more and more forest. With malt and something like hazelnut oil. Just got the idea of dry Nutella. A pleasant dryness is spreading. Dark wheat beer and some herbs.
    • Finish
      Medium. Only oily and mineral. Then towards the end, getting dry with spicy woody taste.

  12. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    He is different. But different. I like the lengths better than the younger bottlings. Unusual notes dominate, smoke is almost unnoticeable.
    • Nose
      Leather, sour citrus, eucalyptus, fir green, sweet caramel, slightly smoked ham
    • Taste
      Sweet caramel, eucalyptus, citrus, wild berries, occupies the mouth. Alcohol strong enough
    • Finish
      Beautiful finish with fir green, eucalyptus

  13. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Good, but especially interesting Connemara, because softer than its younger brothers without losing character. Around 130 EUR nowadays, but gladly spent.
    • Nose
      The nose is surprisingly soft, as if the peat is already matured out. I get mostly toffee, grass, oranges and lime, lots of earthy notes, ashes and vanilla. Green grapes and honey. So this is mostly fruity on citrus with only a touch of peat. Something of sunshine of gravel. But this is a very enticing nose, despite the fact that it shows little complexity for each age. Humble.
    • Taste
      It is sweet and sour on the palate, with a fine body. Gooseberries, Granny Smith apples, grapefruit, vanilla, oranges and honey. The peat smoke is really discrete, but does give it some nice depth. Loads of spices, though. Even a touch salty. How lovely indeed.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long, bittersweet with a touch of smoke and a surprising floral hint. I get some liquorice at the death. 

  14. Arjo S scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A nice subtle peated malt, not much else going on. Imo definitely not worth the rrp of €100+

    Glad I just had a sample of it, now I know what it's about.

  15. stefsel111 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  16. dRambo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  17. dRambo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    nice round malt - balanced, spicy, fine - does not taste like a typical Irishman, blindly I would tap on a Scotsman, but whether the 15, 18 or 22y is old - I do not really taste the difference
    • Nose
      restrained nose, oily lemon, cinnamon, sugar, degraded phenolic smoke, mint, resin, citrus oil
    • Taste
      slightly sour sweet lemon, cinnamon, clove, fine smoke residues, fresh mint cools the palate, dry and astringent, fine oak, salty
    • Finish
      spicy, fresh, cooling, lemony

  18. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The nose I was still afraid the difference to the 12 peated is not so big, how much you can be fooled! In the mouth until the departure of a multiple superior and varied!
    • Nose
      Like the 12 peated still very delicate and restrained, rather more even, far back you have sweet, meringy wood on the beach, a little vanilla, eucalyptus and mint, lemon drop, musk, hint pear
    • Taste
      Also more delicate in the mouth than the 12er, but here again more complex and with time only increasingly full towards the end, you have a very interesting mix of coastal landscape and Blumenfeld, plus pear, green apple, lemon, vanilla, honey, salted caramel and again the flowery, hints of mint, but not as present as in the nose in between, x times better than the nose!
    • Finish
      Flotsam, dry moss, hints of flowers, but the salt, citric acid and light soot are more present, green apple, eucalyptus, medium to long

  19. whisky-mischel scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    If someone is looking for something subtly smoky and good drinkable from Ireland, you will find it here. For expert noses, there certainly seems to be more, but unfortunately not for me.
    • Nose
      Sweet smoke, which is quite clearly in the foreground. Vanilla paired with moldy wood. There is also something minty or menthol. Pear just slipped into my nose. It also shows slightly spicy notes. Nothing beats and stings here, he gently turns his nose.
    • Taste
      Very soft and gentle. Creamy. At first he is rather neutral, after a few seconds the smoke starts. A few seconds later, this menthol note comes back and remains quite noticeable. Floral notes.
    • Finish
      He runs his throat without burning or stinging down, a warming feeling is missing. Again the subtle menthol. The smoke is not so dominant. Very light dry impressions. Is there anything left? Maybe a bit of moldy wood, light menthol.

  20. Peated-Boy did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      88 88

  21. Einfach_Supi scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Blindverkostung
    • Nose
      Dry, salty herbs, some peat. From the nose very sweet and fruity, pear and sweet cherries, paired with candied bacon.
    • Taste
      Very sweet starting, very mild, the alcohol is not noticeable. Here are probably only 40% to a maximum of 43% in the drink. He will then be nice spicy and fruity. Honey sweet bacon.
    • Finish
      Short finish, there is only a little honey on the lips. At the second smelling and tasting the association of peat was gone again.

  22. jankes scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  23. Helgo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Blindtasting TWS "Blind with smoke":

    Tip: about 46% Vol. Alk, Age: NAS or <10 years, mixture of ex-bourbon and sherry

    Quite successful! However, the notes are a little thinner because I could not find so much. The peat smoke and the vanilla dominate this whiskey ... As I said yesterday, I can rule out Islay here. I type in Ardmore or BenRiach. Just snooped in the cupboard at the Ardmore TC: Could it really be. The notes would also fit. However, I then ask myself the question why I chose him, if I already knew him ...
    I would never have come to Connemara!
    • Nose
      Dominant vanilla, peat smoke, slightly creamy and oily, toffee
    • Taste
      Fat vanilla, peat smoke, dried fruit, a little salt, menthol
    • Finish
      Long and full-bodied, some smoke and pepper remain

  24. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    a great old smoker.
    • Nose
      Fruity smoke, ripe fruit, cooked apples, well embedded peat smoke, slightly the connemara plastic note, but less than the younger ones. Great mature, old peat nose.
    • Taste
      spicy peat, here comes a little bit the plastic, spicy wood notes, a little Maggi.
    • Finish
      fruity notes, peat, tingling, slightly tart oak, round, softly balanced.

  25. mds51 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Happy St. Patrick's Day;) In the offer for 99,95 €. Okay for the price. For the otherwise called 150 ¬ + he is not worth my opinion.
    • Nose
      Subtle smoky notes, apricot, honeydew melon, pomelo, some medicinal background, light horse note, vanilla, unripe peach, beech wood smoke.
    • Taste
      Rauch, who first had a strong (for Irish standards) start and then gradually fades away. Smoked bacon, forest honey, vanilla, some algae, dark dark chocolate, has something floral, which I can not assign.
    • Finish
      The smoke gradually fades, creating some dryness, leaving a bitter oak note.

  26. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Round, balanced, fine. The 22YO is impressive.
    The price is of course ridiculous. (Edit 11/2019: While you could still talk about an insane price in 2016, the currently called price is not to be despised)
    • Nose
      90 90
      A fine smoky note that clouds the notes of apricot and honeydew melon. Not very peaty, but the smoke has a hint of salmiac in it. As soon as the nose has got used to the smoke, the fruits and fine vanilla dominate. Some oak.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Full body. Smoke as it comes from a chamber in which sausages are smoked. Heather and honey, fruit notes.
      As in the nose, the smoke impression evaporates quickly and leaves a pleasantly warming fruity sweetness.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium-long and dry with increasing oak and a return of cooled smoke.

  27. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Quite impressed with the delivery in two distinct peaks. It has the same floral complexity as the Laddie sixteen. Tasted this one blind and didn't think of it like an lslay, but if an Islay I would say a peated bruichladdich with some age. Thanks Per Berglöf for the sample.

    (Rating interval 85-89)
    • Nose
      Soft smoke, honey, salt peat, brine, quite delicate with flint, mineral and maltose. 
    • Taste
      It's full-bodied with smokey sweetness that suddenly tones down, a second wave with more intense peat smoke appears after a few seconds together with complex floral notes, salt and grain spirit. 
    • Finish
      The finish is medium in length with soft peat, again complex floral notes (rose water, lilac), caramelized sugar and some licorice.

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