Connemara was the first peated malt whiskey produced by Cooley distillery. Once the malted barley has germinated it is dried over a peat fire, the smoke rising through the malted barley giving it a distinct peaty flavour and aroma. 'Nose: Pronounced smoke, rather than peat, though both are evident. Palate: Syrupy. Sweet grass. Smoky, some drier hints of phenol. A suggestion of juicy wood extracts, or sherry, rounding out the flavours. Finish: Smoky and emphatically grassy. Sweet grass, but also spicy dryness. Comments: Lots happening. Chimney pots of smoke. I love this whiskey.' Michael Jackson Whisky Magazine.