I have only had the NAS Connemara myself, but i agree very good. They do a single cask bottling which is supposed to be very good, never had it myself though. I have also been told the sherried version isnt great. Not sure about the 12.
Gregor, the Connemara Cask Strength is very good and worth a try. Samson i thought the 12 year old was ok but was not as good as the NAS or Cask Strength. I assumed after having the NAS and going by the price (around £55 now) they ask for the 12 year old that it would be superb, it isnt IMHO, it is nice enough but doesnt justify its price hike especially for just a 12 year old whiskey.
The Connemara peated is a great dram. Like Samson i didnt think the sherried version was so good but it may be to somes taste. My pick would be the cask strength.
If anyone one is interested Connemara is produced by Cooley who has revived a number of old Irish whiskey brands. Not long ago I added a piece on Cooley and the whiskey it produces see here Cooley and Connemara
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Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:34 am Post subject:
I had the Connemara NAS for the first time this evening and i have to say it has surprised me just how good it is. I love yor description Gregor, spot on, an Irishman with an Islay accent. Why didnt i try this sooner
I have to say that i bought a bottle of the Connemara with no age statement and it just isnt to my taste at all, i just do not like it and i cant say that i have had any other whiskies that i can say that about.
There is a lovely light peatiness but i cant stand what i can only describe as a strange chemical like fruit note. I have went back to the bottle a few times but still cannot bring myself to finish a measure of it. I was surprised to see so many enjoying it here, perhaps i got a duff bottle.
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