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26 Nov 2010

Connemara Turf Mor

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in * Ireland

Connemara is the peated Irish whisky by Cooley Distillers. With their Connemara sherry finish, they introduced a Small Batch Collection of limited releases.

Now the second edition has been presented: Connemara Turf Mór.
You already guessed this is a heavily peated version – around 58 ppm which is in the range of Ardbeg and well above Lagavulin or Laphroaig. The regular Connemara contains around 20 ppm phenols. It’s 3 years old.

Connemara Turf MorConnemara Turf Mór (58,2%, OB 2010, heavily peated, less than 20.000 btl.)

Nose: nice round peat profile. Sweet almonds, smoked tea, a few floral notes (soft lavender). Nice fruity notes: apples, citrus marmalade, violet and cherry candy, some white chocolate. Some dried fruits. A rubbery and medicinal edge as well. Really enjoyable. Mouth: strong attack with thick, creamy peat. Not a lot of smoke though. Growing a little grassy and very herbal. Soft vanilla. Burnt sugar. Pepper. Bitter citrus peel. Finish: long and drying, on peat and cereal notes.

This Connemara shows heavy peat but in another way than most Islay distilleries. The added roundness and fruitiness brings a nice variation on the theme. This will be popular and it’s well deserved. Due to be in stores December 2010. Only UK, Benelux, Germany and Ireland for now. Around € 65.

Score: 87/100

Connemara Turf Mor 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2010-11-26
  • Roel

    Mooie notes weer Ruben. Ben je er zeker van, dat er bijna 20.000 flessen aan 58,2% zijn? Elders is er sprake van 46%. Hartelijke groet uit het besneeuwde Europa.

  • Ruben

    It’s certainly cask strength, the 58,2% is correct. Greets!

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  • Mark Dermul

    I was told only 5.000 bottles would be made available. I tried my sample last week and agree with your notes. I think this release will be very popular indeed.

  • Ruben

    The press release says 20.000

  • Mark Dermul

    Ruben, just had it confirmed from Cooley and you were correct. The number of bottles will be 20.000 indeed. Thx!

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