Connemara Turf Mór Heavily Peated Single Malt
The eagerly waited new peated single malt from Cooley Distillery. Limited in number to around 20,000 bottles.
Heavily peated at around 58 ppm on the phenolic scale. This makes Turf Mór about as peated as Ardbeg and even more smoky than Laphroaig and Lagavulin. Curiously the high level of initial malt peating doesn't always withstand the assault of brewing and distilling, so whilst this is a big smoky monster it still has a certain delicate and fruity character.
Wonderfully smoky on the nose. Reminiscent of wet bonfires, lapsang souchon tea, pears and almonds. The palate is light and delicate with fierce smoke and alcohol both launching a two pronged attack on the taste buds. Once the alcohol subsides a clean fresh and fruity character emerges which gradually gives way to lingering dry smokiness. A real joy on the finish, this whiskey seems to go on forever.