About Connemara 12 Year Old Peated Irish Single Malt Whiskey
Along the Atlantic Ocean, in the west of Ireland's County Galway, sits one of the most majestic regions in all the Emerald Isle. Home to the Twelve Bens Mountains, abundant peat bogs, a windswept coastline, and countless lakes, the region of Connemara takes its name from the ancient Irish tribal people who lived on the land, the Conmacne Mara
In the 17th and 18th centuries, a number of distillers called Connemara home. Often operating illegally, these distillers took advantage of the unique lands of Connemara, utilizing the region's peat bogs to produce whiskies reminiscent of Islay Scotch.
Connemara 12 Year Old Peated Irish Single Malt Whiskey, which is produced at the Cooley Distillery in the County Louth, serves as a tribute to the distillers who operated in the region centuries ago. Production of Connemara begins by drying barley over peat sourced from the famed bogs of Connemara. The peaty smoke infuses the barley with its distinctive smell and flavor, laying the groundwork for a powerful whiskey. After drying the barley, the malt is double-distilled in small, copper pot stills, before coming to rest in casks that were formerly used to age bourbon.
Each year, a limited number of the most exceptional casks of aging Connemara are selected to become Connemara 12 Year Old Peated Irish Single Malt Whiskey. Bottled from a single cask and aged for at least twelve years, Connemara 12 Year Old Peated Irish Single Malt Whiskey is the only Connemara whiskey released with an age statement.
Connemara 12 Year Old Peated Irish Single Malt Whiskey has a strong peaty nose, more often found in Islay Scotch than other Irish whiskies. Notes of fruit join the peat on the palate. The additional time spent aging imparts extra spiciness and rich, woody undertones to the whiskey, expertly complementing the smooth malt and smoky peat flavors, leading to a strong, lingering finish. Connemara 12 Year Old earned the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Sprits Competition, and earned a score of 94 points from the Beverage Testing Institute.
While Connemara can hold its own with any Scotch, it remains a uniquely Irish whiskey, even being named the World's Best Irish Whiskey
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About Irish Whiskey
Contrary to popular belief that Scots invented whisk(e)y, Irish whiskey was mentioned almost a century before its Scottish brother.
Its origin comes from the perfume distilling monks who decided to tweak the recipe a bit, creating Irish whiskey.
Irish whiskey doesn’t have a lot of rules and regulations to be considered “pure” and can be made with various grains and processes, as long as it is aged for at least three years in wooden casks and has a max ABV of 94.8%.
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