Connemara wears that “peated” slug right on its sleeve. If the name of the spirit didn’t tip you off, this is a rarity for Irish whiskeys, which are traditionally not peated at all.
The smoky peat in this 80-proof whiskey (which carries no age-statement) is immediately at the forefront on the nose and the palate. Light gold in color, it hints that it hasn’t spent much time in casks, which gives the peat more room to do the talking.
Complex it’s not. Connemara’s peat is impressive, but all that phenol drowns out most of the immature fruit and floral notes you’d otherwise expect to see. If Laphroaig-like Scotch is your bag, you should give Connemara’s Irish interpretation a shot. Lovers of sweeter whiskeys need not apply.