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Connemara Original

Overall rating 144 votes 79.59

3 × in wishlist

Member rates

475 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

All versions

Nose 20
Taste 20
Finish 20
Balance 20

Tastingtags

29 Notes

mokke137
Member Junior mokke137 Review note
19 Nov 2017 11:11 pm
mokke137 gave this whisky 84 points

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Weighted Rate
84
Nose
83
Initial taste
83
Body
83
Finish
85
Price
89
Presentation
83
Achany
Expert Senior Achany Review note
14 Nov 2017 3:49 pm
Achany gave this whisky 80 points

gentle and soft peat, some grassy tones, wet hay, some fresh fruity sweetness as well. finish is a bit too short and nothing special. but still a fine dram to start a peaty evening with maybe some more peat from Scotland.

Weighted Rate
80.4
Nose
80
Initial taste
81
Body
80
Finish
80
Price
83
Presentation
79
ctu
Connoisseur ctu Tasting note
26 Sep 2017 1:21 am
ctu gave this whisky 80 points
Color
Yellow gold
Nose

Peat, smoke and ash. Green apple and unripe banana. Seaweed and grass.

Taste

Citruses, smoke, ash, barbecue sauce. Very pleasant, but too light.

Finish

Medium length, spicy, ashy.

Comments

I was a little scared: how the smoke and the light Irish style would be meet? But it's all pleasant.

wombat157
Member Senior wombat157 Review note
13 Jun 2017 2:22 pm
wombat157 gave this whisky 79 points
Weighted Rate
78.9
Nose
79
Initial taste
80
Body
78
Finish
79
Price
77
Presentation
80
Sander
Member Junior Sander Tasting note
09 May 2017 9:25 pm
Color
Pale straw
Nose

Lichte turf, zoet, appel/peer, haver

Taste

Zoet, mild, honing, appel, lichte citrus, gras

Finish

Licht rokerige turf, zoet

Comments

Weinig complexe, erg toegankelijke geturfde whiskey. Niet veel diepgang, maar prettig 'zomerse' smaak met een beetje bite.

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RR60
Member Senior RR60 Review note
09 May 2017 8:49 pm
RR60 gave this whisky 75 points
Weighted Rate
74.8
Nose
74
Initial taste
74
Body
73
Finish
73
Price
84
Presentation
76
jankes
Expert Senior jankes Review note
28 Apr 2017 8:02 pm
jankes gave this whisky 79 points
Weighted Rate
78.5
Nose
78
Initial taste
79
Body
78
Finish
78
Price
79
Presentation
80
Fight65
Expert Senior Fight65 Review note
12 Apr 2017 11:40 am
Fight65 gave this whisky 80 points
Weighted Rate
79.8
Nose
81
Initial taste
80
Body
79
Finish
78
Price
82
Presentation
80
markjedi1
Connoisseur markjedi1 Note
17 Mar 2017 12:27 pm
markjedi1 gave this whisky 80 points

Batch Variation

Since Beam took over Cooley several years ago, Connemara was put in new livery, but the typical shape of the bottle was kept (contrary to, for example, Kilbeggan). The Peated Single Malt, sometimes referred to as ‘The Smokey One’, now got the mention ‘Original’ on the label, but the recepy of this double distilled, peated irish whiskey remained the unchanged.

The nose is pleasantly smoky with loads of vanilla, apple juice, banana peel and a surprising hint of white chocolate. A little bit of seaweeds and some mild ashes appear. This reminds me briefly (very briefly, mind you) of young Caol Ila. Some pencil shavings and almonds make it rather pleasant.

Unfortunately the body is quite flat and it is completely devoid of spiciness. First I get some sweet and sour fruit (think agrums), before some smoke develops. Reminds me a bit of smoked bacon now. Quite nice, despite being very light.

In the medium long finish it finally shows some spices.

It is better than I remember from previous releases, but it is still not a grand whiskey. Thank the Maker for batch variation!

Mark Dermul - Toshan Man
maltdude
Member Senior maltdude Tasting note
31 Dec 2016 9:48 am
maltdude gave this whisky 80 points
Color
Pale straw
Nose

Citrus fruits, pears, apples (if you ever smelled squeezed apples in the fruit juice production, you know what I mean), aromatic peat smoke, grass, maritime air, bloomy.

Taste

Honey, peat smoke, spiciness, gras. A silky mouthfeel. Light and smooth.

Finish

Short finish with the leftovers of the peat smoke and a little sweetness.

Comments

An easy to drink dram and maybe a good one to start with peated single malt whiskies. Does not ask to much of the connoisseur.

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