Connemara 22-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Peated Single Malt
Stated Age
22 years old
1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrels
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
29 Sep 2014 4:48 pm by ted.striker

Average value

€ 171.67

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Whisky Reviews for Connemara 22-year-old

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.03 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Round, balanced, fine. The 22YO is impressive.
    The price is still crazy, of course. (Edit 11/2019: While one could still speak in 2016 of a ridiculous price, the currently called price is not to be despised)
    • Nose
      A fine smoky note that clouds notes of apricot and honeydew melon. Little peaty, but the smoke has a slight pungent impact of sal ammoniac. As soon as the nose gets used to the smoke, the fruits and fine vanilla dominate. Some oak.
    • Taste
      Full body. Smoke as it comes out of a chamber where 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
      Medium long and dry with increasing oak and a return of cooled smoke.

  2. ColdAesthetics 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

  3. ColorOutOfSpace scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    the nose is sexy but subtle and hard to crack. nevertheless its a nice difference to the well known nas bottlings of connemara because the impressions dont fade away that fast due to noticeable maturity. you get this typical connemara green grass and hay notes accompanied by a coating of mild smoky peat. then vanilla, buisquit, old "white" wood and butterscotch behaviour. later a bit of bacon. deep but not too complex for an 20+ yo. however all fits together very well.

    nice body, complex, full but not overwhelming. development takes a while, but after that its gettin intensity tastewise. peat and smoke are mild, due to its age. furthermore prominent are the same notes as in the nose: hay, green grass, wet woods/moorish, vanilla, bisquit cake and "lightish"/not to spicy wood. compared to its younger siblings it has less peat power, but also it doesnt show the metallic edges and spheric like quick disappear of taste.

    finish is pretty nice as well and lingers, a burnt fir. didnt fail in anyway. satisfying and of mid length.

    price ist ok considering it is a official bottling with less than 4000 bottles and the money they charge nowadays for their nas stuff. of course its not cheap either.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

      Shiny gold

      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.

  5. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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

  6. 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. 

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. thebonewolf scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    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.

  10. 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.


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